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“All Scalia is saying is women aren’t persons [especially on The Bachelor]”

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September 30th, 2010

Quote of the day:
“All Scalia is saying is women aren’t persons.” [Especially on The Bachelor.]
Who said it?
Find out via my latest blog post at the website for my book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV.
Hint: This late night comedy host is a stalwart supporter of truthieness. If you enjoy […]

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TLC Premieres Polygamy Reality Show Sister Wives

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September 29th, 2010

By Guest Blogger Joanna Brooks
The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. You can sign up for their free daily newsletter here.
After watching the series premiere of Sister Wives, TLC’s new reality series about fundamentalist Mormon polygamist Kody Brown and his three—wait, now, four?!!—wives and thirteen—wait, now, sixteen?!!—children, what I find most remarkable is […]

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“We need an overflow room for the overflow room!”–KState during reality TV lecture

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 26th, 2010

Thank you to the fantastic students, faculty and staff of Kansas State, who turned out in droves for my talk Tuesday night, “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women (…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex, and sheer common sense).”
As noted in this lovely article in the Kansas State Collegian, the […]

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NYC Event, 9/27: Ladies of the Left: White Women Talk White Privilege, Progressive Media, Anti-Racism

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 24th, 2010

I’m honored to be participating in “Ladies of the Left: White Women Talk White Privilege, Progressive Media, Anti-Racism,” moderated and organized by WBAI’s Esther Armah (Host, Wake Up Call and Off the Page, and guest host, GRITtv).
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street bet Bank & Bethune; […]

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EVENT TONIGHT: Sept 21, 7pm, Manhattan, Kansas: “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women (…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex, and sheer common sense!) with Jennifer L. Pozner

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 20th, 2010

KANSAS EVENT: Tonight is my first talk on reality TV for the fall semester, and I’m happy to bring WIMN’s multimedia lecture tour to Kansas State.
WHAT: Project Brainwash!: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women (…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex, and sheer damn common sense!)
WHERE: Kansas State University, Forum Hall
WHEN: Tonight, […]

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Bridalplasty: If you’re shocked, you haven’t been paying attention

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 18th, 2010

In November, just in time for those all-important Nielsen sweeps (and in the same month as my book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV will be published), E! will debut Bridalplasty, a headline-baiting reality show combining the desperation and body dysmorphia of Fox’s cosmetic surgery competition The Swan with the unbridled […]

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Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris-Lacewell on women candidates v. women’s rights (oh, and Chris Matthews remains an imbecile)

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 17th, 2010

There’s a reason so many media critics — and so many feminists — have intellectual crushes on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Mixing genial bemusement with a never-back-down fervor for asking questions no one else in corporate news will, The Rachel Maddow Show regularly covers topics unaddressed anywhere outside of indy media, and does so from a […]

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The 9/11 media legacy I will never forget: “buy Snow White on DVD”

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September 11th, 2010

Every year on 9/11, corporate media push the PTSD buttons they installed in us on that first day, and those first few weeks, with 24-7 looped coverage of the Twin Towers getting struck by the planes, bursting into flames, and falling down, set to the backdrop of mass screaming, sobbing, confusion, panic.
Amid my own […]

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Livetweeting Top Model premiere: batsh*t Tyra, “fat” emaciated girls, ubiquitous racist fights–everything we’ve come to expect…

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 8th, 2010

OK, it’s official: my summer reality TV fast (a needed respite after sending the manuscript for Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV off to my publisher) is over. To mark the occasion, I livetweeted analysis of the season premiere of America’s next Top Model, Cycle 15 — yes, 15.
Long-time WIMN’s Voices […]

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In which I tell The Today Show what women want to see on TV…

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 4th, 2010

Yesterday, I blogged about new network market research claiming that women want to see bloody, gory violence perpetrated by their small-screen counterparts — and why that interpretation of the research reflects a crisis of vision on the part of programming decision-makers.
Today, I discussed this issue with The Today Show’s Amy Robach, explaining that it’s not […]

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