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Archive for February, 2008

Me and my NYT online blog covering chronic pain

pkamens Icon Posted by Paula Kamen

February 11th, 2008

I’m happy to be a guest blogger this month for a very welcome feature this month on migraines on the New York Times online. My first entry today, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Chronic Daily Headache,” is about a disabling and very hidden problem mainly experienced by women. (Migraines hit women 3 times […]

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Who’s Minding the Store?

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

February 7th, 2008

The Breast Cancer Fund, the grassroots education and advocacy organization, is spreading the word that industry consultant Gail Charnley, who has been a paid advocate for the coal, tobacco, pesticide, and chlorine industries, is being considered for the long-vacant slot as head of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Ahem: Besides the fact that […]

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Getting Girls Voices Out in Cambodia

amoores Icon Posted by Anne Elizabeth Moore

February 6th, 2008

Friends and reporters in the US asked frequently why I would pick up and go to Cambodia after the long-running magazine I co-published and edited for three years in Chicago folded last summer. My book on the problems plaguing independent media in North America was just released, too—Unmarketable—and I cut touring with it short to, […]

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Not teaching children well

ajosephs Icon Posted by Ammu Joseph

February 6th, 2008

Less than one third (28%) of the speaking roles in 101 of the top-grossing G-rated movies made in the US between 1990 and January 2005 are female. This was one of the findings of the first of four studies on gender portrayals in popular films and television commissioned by the newly established Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM).

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Super Tuesday media musings, Part II: Shocker — there’s no feminist Kool-Aid

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

February 6th, 2008

Early yesterday morning, I wrote about a point I haven’t seen filter into public debate in any meaningful way: that media coverage played as much or more of a role in whittling down the Democratic field than did the will of the electorate. (Why did Dem voters today have the historic choice of either a […]

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Reflections on Bob Herbert’s anti-sexism

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February 5th, 2008

By Guest Blogger Anika Rahman
Having just returned from a month long trip to India, I’m thrilled to see that the New York Times printed not one but two op-eds on gender issues and women’s rights. Gloria Steinem’s January 8th piece, “Women are Never Front-Runners” and Bob Herbert’s January 15th “Politics and Misogyny” […]

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Don’t Tell Women How to Vote, Andrew Sullivan!

gfeldts Icon Posted by Gloria Feldt

February 5th, 2008

For the last few days, the internet has been buzzing with impassioned presidential endorsements by feminists, many of whom have been in or even leading the movement for decades and others who are the bright young voices of the present and the future. This extraordinary piece of cultural criticism by Robin Morgan is my personal […]

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Super Tuesday media musings, Part I: why media forced Edwards out of the race

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

February 5th, 2008

I’ve kept mum on my dog in the presidential race because as the director of a non-profit women’s media justice group, I don’t feel comfortable endorsing political candidates. And with the brilliant Rebecca Traister writing about primary season media coverage through much the same lens and with the same attention to detail I tend to, […]

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Tall Tales about High Heels

ksavoies Icon Posted by Keely Savoie

February 4th, 2008

An Italian urologist and self-professed lover of the sexy shoe set out to prove that high heels were not as bad for women’s health as some suggest.

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Women, Propaganda and Politics

dfarsettas Icon Posted by Diane Farsetta

February 1st, 2008

I’ve frequently quoted Edward Bernays, who’s considered by many to be the “father” of the public relations industry, over the years that I’ve worked at the Center for Media and Democracy.
My favorite quotes entail Bernays describing PR practitioners as leading a benevolent “invisible government which is the true ruling power of our society.” Other […]

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