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Media coverage of tortured Afghan girl: Did journalists do more harm?

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January 20th, 2012

By guest blogger Jessica Mack
If you don’t know who Sahar Gul is, sadly, you can Google her name and find dozens of images of her young and badly beaten face. She is a 15-year-old Afghan girl who was recently rescued by police from her in-laws’ basement, where she’d been imprisoned and tortured for nearly a […]

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Fake News: Tell the FCC You Demand a Searchable Public Database

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December 22nd, 2011

By Guest Blogger Libby Reinish
A media watchdog sent us this video of Wisconsin station WLUK passing off an AT&T advertisement as news:

It sounds crazy, but passing an infomercial off as a news story is legal as long as stations disclose the paid pieces at the end of the program.
But a lot of stations don’t even manage that: […]

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From Miss Representation to Real Representation: Fighting Gender Stereotypes in Media

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November 16th, 2011

By Guest Blogger Anna Louie Sussman. (Cross-posted from Women In the World Foundation, a project of Newsweek/The Daily Beast.)
In the summer of 1993, Jennifer L. Pozner was a rising sophomore at Hampshire College, a journalism major with dreams of becoming a columnist - the next Barbara Ehrenreich or Molly Ivins, she hoped. Then The […]

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Changing the Landscape With Women’s Media

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October 26th, 2011

By Guest Blogger Ariel Dougherty, cross-posted at the Women’s Media Center.

After the Oprah’s Documentary Club film “Miss Representation” aired on OWN last week, some opportunities to broaden consciousness about empowering media slipped through the ether amid the post-film discussion.
The bombardment of negative imagery from corporate media is surely extensive. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom has […]

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Slutwalk: The Media, The Message and the Gaze

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October 11th, 2011

Guest Blogger Coco Papy

“Sluts are a figment of the patriarchal imagination…” –Nicole Ouimette
“You know there is a rapist out here, right?”
I pause, unsure of what exactly is happening. A Brooklyn police officer is now standing directly in front of me, so close I can see his uniform stitching and smell his breath. I have […]

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SlutWalk: A Black Feminist Comment on Media, Messages and Meaning

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May 27th, 2011

By Guest Blogger Tamura A. Lomax

If you’ve been boycotting newspapers, magazines, TV news and the blogosphere for the past few weeks, or if terms like “rape,” “slut” or even “sex” lead you to hurriedly put down the newspaper or magazine and turn the TV channel (as they do for my media-savvy grandmother), then you may […]

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A Voice for Children in the Media Reform Movement

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April 14th, 2011

By Guest blogger Shara Drew
This weekend I attended the National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) here in Boston. The event, coordinated by our friends at Free Press, brought together over 2500 advocates for media justice from all over the world. It was electrifying to be among so many passionate, creative, hardworking media reform […]

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Rush Limbaugh’s Breast Obsession

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April 13th, 2011

By Guest Blogger John K. Wilson
Today, radio host Rush Limbaugh focused on women’s breasts. He brought up a story that he’s been telling for decades, even though it’s all a lie. According to Rush, there was a scientific study years ago that proved, “The higher the bust size, the lower the IQ at Tufts.” He […]

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Athena Film Festival: Celebrating Women’s Cinema, Leadership

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February 9th, 2011

By Guest Blogger Melissa Silverstein
The Athena Film Festival kicks off this week. The lineup has something for everyone. There are some films that are a couple of years old but are gems, some that recently played in theaters, some about to come out in theaters, and some making their way around the festival […]

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How I Fought a YouTube Takedown and (Eventually) Won

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February 3rd, 2011

By Guest Blogger Anita Sarkeesian<
On January 10th, 2011 I realized that one of my YouTube videos, “Too Many Dicks: Video Games Remix,” was suddenly unavailable. I was a little shocked since I hadn’t even received an email letting me know the remix had been removed, or for what reason. I still don’t know […]

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