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Barbara Walters says Paris Hilton interview was “beneath her” - here are some things that aren’t

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

June 26th, 2007

The usually-celebrity-fixated Barbara Walters told the New York Post yesterday that she voluntarily passed on Paris Hilton’s first post-hoosegow interview because “The whole thing somehow was beneath me.”:
“Look, I’ve done prison interviews before, but people like the Menendez Brothers were really important news stories,” said the First Lady of the Soundbites. “This wasn’t. And […]

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Accolades for A Murderer

echidneofthesnakess Icon Posted by Echidne of the Snakes

June 26th, 2007

Suppose that you find that a man has strapped his wife’s legs together and then asphyxiated her. Suppose that the following day he asphyxiates his young son and that he then kills himself. Suppose that the man was a famous wrestler (of the pretend-type). What would be the proper media response to […]

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Cheryl Lynn on “Black Hair, Comics and You”

mreids Icon Posted by Mikhaela Reid

June 25th, 2007

Cheryl Lynn of Digital Femme (and The Ormes Society of black women cartoonists) has a detailed cartoonist’s guide to black women’s hairstyles, from relaxed hair to braids and twists and afros and dreadlocks. Here’s her intro:
If you have been sent here, the likelihood is that someone asked you to draw a black woman at one […]

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Kissing gay teens getting kicked off busses, out of yearbooks

mreids Icon Posted by Mikhaela Reid

June 25th, 2007

What is up with this bigoted nonsense and this bigoted nonsense? Leave the gay teens to kiss in peace like their straight peers, people!
If I were a parent in Portland, I’d be horrified that two 14-year-olds girls were kicked off a bus and stranded in the street by a bigoted bus driver. Even more […]

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Spotlight on Astrid Lydia Johannsen: Perfectionist Cartoonist Claims I Inspired Her to Start Graphic Novel

mreids Icon Posted by Mikhaela Reid

June 25th, 2007

Panels from an episode of “Absolutely True Tales of Lesbian” Drama in which Aziza tries to defend Astrid from a transphobic woman… click to see full comic on Lydia’s site.
Do I ever have the warm fuzzies! I first discovered the cartoons of Astrid Lydia Johannsen back in 2003, when she was drawing AstroGirlX2, a comic […]

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“Hey City Paper — Nice Headlines!” (or, Why “Hey Baby!” is a big deal)

GuestBloggers Icon Posted by Guest Blogger

June 25th, 2007

By Guest Blogger Ann Friedman
Why “Hey baby!” is a big deal

D.C.’s alt-weekly, the City Paper has a package of stories this week on street harassment. One, a catcall diary a woman kept for a year. Two, a very poorly-written essay by that same woman about how now she’s a racist because of all the harassment […]

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My favorite quote of the week

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June 25th, 2007

By Guest Blogger Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
Last week, I wrote about how different those Aussie papers are from the corporate-controlled ones we subscribe to in decreasing numbers here in that the Herald Sun blasted pop sensation Kylie Minogue for using her name to endorse lingerie style underwear for 8-12 year-olds. That kind of criticism doesn’t occur […]

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Prime Time Women on TV

ccupaiuolos Icon Posted by Christine Cupaiuolo

June 23rd, 2007

Cross-posted from Women’s Voices for Change
In an article titled "In the Prime of Their Time" that ran in The New York Times on Sunday, Alessandra Stanley writes:
Older stars who once had to resign themselves to playing frustrated spinsters or docile moms are suddenly flaunting their ripened sex appeal on television. It’s not "The Roman […]

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Alberto Gonzales’s Civil Rights Lite: Taking the “Justice” Out of Justice Department!

mreids Icon Posted by Mikhaela Reid

June 21st, 2007

Taste the new “Justice” Department’s Civil Rights Division Lite! Now with 99% less: hate crimes prosecution, voting rights enforcement and police brutality investigations! Super-Action-Packed with Loyal Bushies, Wiretapping and Religious Extremists! It’s a Yum-Tastic Justice Department makeover!
The Bush administration has laid waste to the Justice Department on a large scale, as the scandals over the […]

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Question: When does “Wife” trump “Senator”?

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

June 21st, 2007

Answer: in major headlines about former President Bill Clinton’s efforts to help his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), secure the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2008 White House bid.
Witness the following, from print, broadcast and online outlets - some are very recent, some older:
“Bill Clinton steps into spotlight in wife’s campaign” - CNN
“Bill […]

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