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WHO IS JOHN MCCAIN? HINT: NOT A MODERATE, INCASE YOU WERE WONDERING…

gfeldts Icon Posted by Gloria Feldt

June 30th, 2008

Jake Tapper, ABC News Senior National Correspondent, in his blog “Political Punch” June 27 post “McCain Gambles with Awkward Joke” started a bit of a blog-o-flap among some feminists who though the senator’s remark about wife beating grossly inappropriate and perhaps insensitive to domestic abuse. Here’s the relevant excerpt:

In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was asked by columnist Jon Ralston why he didn’t choose Gov. Jim Gibbons to chair his Nevada campaign…
Maybe it’s the governor’s approval rating and you are running from him like you are from the president? Asked Ralston in a question McCain clearly found loaded.
Said McCain, chuckling, “And I stopped beating my wife just a couple of weeks ago.”

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Tavis Smiley leaves Tom Joyner show — will I replace him?

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June 27th, 2008

By Guest Blogger Faye Anderson

After a 12-year run, Tavis Smiley gave his last commentary on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” In summing up what Tavis meant to the TJMS, Tom Joyner wrote:
Before Tavis came on board, I was happy with almost every element of our show, but something was missing. I had the vision of […]

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The debate on women’s property rights takes centre stage in the Kenyan media.

rookellos Icon Posted by Rosemary Okello-Orlale

June 26th, 2008

“Should the women have equal property rights as men?” These kind of debates are slowly being given prominence in the media and the reply to many especially women is: “ Absolutely. Women have made great contributions at their homes and to the country at large. We should not rely on outdated culture that […]

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News of Teen Pregnancy Pact Morphs in Front of Our Very Eyes

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June 23rd, 2008

By Guest Blogger Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

How does a mostly white, depressed, blue-collar, Catholic community explain a steep spike in teen pregnancies amongst its high school girls after they’ve made a “pregnancy pact?” One explanation appeared in Time magazine:
“Families are broken,” says school superintendent Christopher Farmer. “Many of our young people are growing up […]

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Discovery channel discovers lesbians with babies

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June 20th, 2008

By Guest Blogger Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Oh, that Discovery Health channel, how it loves a non-traditional family. Most recent proof: the documentary Quads With Two Moms. Karen Wesolowski, 42, and Martha Padgett, 38 wanted to add to their family (Martha brought a daughter, Julia, now 11, from a previous marriage to her relationship with Karen). […]

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Cal Thomas irked by “angry black women” (same to you, buddy)

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June 20th, 2008

By Guest Blogger Faye Anderson

In a recent appearance on FOX News Channel, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas complained that black women on television are “usually angry about something”:

It’s beyond belief that a talking-head on a cable network that labeled Michelle Obama, who is married to the (Democratic nominee for president and also) father of her children, […]

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Women, media and food

ajosephs Icon Posted by Ammu Joseph

June 19th, 2008

Encouraging news and views from an unusual group of rural women film-makers in India could help dispel some of the gloom caused by the ongoing global food crisis…

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Sex and the City: A train wreck

smukhopadhyays Icon Posted by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

June 18th, 2008

Like most feminists with any shred of race or class analysis, I have always had a love hate relationship with Sex and the City. There were things about that show that were so god awful that I literally had to tune them out completely to enjoy the show. As a woman of color inundated by […]

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UPDATED with video: Favorite media quotes of the week, surprisingly, from CBS’s Lara Logan

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

June 17th, 2008

I’ve said for a long time that the problems with American corporate media are structural, and that those of us who are media critics and media activists must remember that many good journalists really are trying to do the best they can to produce accurate, critical, important news — even as their employers and the […]

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Women (Not) In The Media

lmarshalls Icon Posted by Lucinda Marshall

June 17th, 2008

Due in large part to the hard work of many feminist media activists, gender issues are now assumed to be a regular part of the media justice discussion. But that is still a far cry from an actionable platform for making gender justice an integral part of the media reform agenda.
The implications of such a […]

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