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Lunafest Promotes Women’s Films, Health

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March 3rd, 2012

What could bring hundreds of diverse women (and a handful of men) to Philadelphia’s Lutheran Theological Seminary on a rainy Friday night? Not a sermon, but a celebration with a mission: Lunafest.

For more than a decade, the makers of the Luna energy bar have teamed up with the Breast […]

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Tie a Purple Ribbon, Too

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October 12th, 2011

Pink-illuminated skyscrapers greet me in downtown Philadelphia by night, and packages of pink-frosted cupcakes entice at my local Acme by day. It seems there’s no corner of our culture that’s NOT reminding us it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. First established in 1985 to encourage women to get mammograms, it has metastasized into a […]

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Panel Shares Best Practices to Get More Women in Media

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August 17th, 2011

Reading Carolyn Byerly’s recent post, “Keeping two eyes on the Global Report on Status of Women in News,” reminded me to post — way belatedly — my live blog of the IWMF plenary panel last March on news-organization best practices around the world. I was privileged to attended the IWMF conference as a volunteer, […]

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Eco Mag Joins Call to Protect Reproductive Rights

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February 23rd, 2011

To the chorus of outcry against politicians’ efforts to attack women’s reproductive rights in general and defund Planned Parenthood in particular, add the voice of online environmental magazine Grist. This past weekend, writer Lisa Hymas put out the call to support PP and reproductive health care through political action and personal stories, observing:
A society is […]

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Eco-Sexism Strikes Again

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January 28th, 2011

New “green” garments seem to target Ally McBeal

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“Renewable Girls” Peddlar Responds

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October 27th, 2010

On marketing progressive products with repressive and regressive imagery.

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Using Sex to Sell Solar Power

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October 23rd, 2010

What do you get when you combine women+media+the environment? For a San Francisco entrepreneur calling himself John B., you get a 2011 calendar promoting solar power through scantily-clad women!! His “Renewable Girls” calendar features 12 voluptuous women with vapid expressions posing Playboy-style with panels– supposedly as a way to encourage interest in clean energy. […]

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Beyond Pink-a-Palooza: The Breast Cancer News You’re Not Hearing

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October 10th, 2010

Another October has rolled around, and with it pink-ribboned Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Seemingly more than with any other cause, businesses hop on the bandwagon to lend support for this all-too-common women’s cancer through various rosy-hued promotions. Some can seem frivolous (pink M&Ms) or downright suspect (Sutter Home Zinfandel—consuming alcohol is considered a […]

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Half the Sky: Using Multimedia to Help Women Globally

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March 5th, 2010

This past Thursday (March 4), I saw a special, one-night-only nationwide screening of “Half the Sky.” The film, based on a staged event at NYU last fall, is in turn based on the book of the same title by NY Times reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn. It featured readings […]

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“So Long, Sarah”

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July 27th, 2009

Grist, the online environmental magazine, had this very creative and accurate (if a bit mean-spirited) editorial on Sarah Palin’s resignation from her post as governor of Alaska.
Click on the “greeting card” and you’ll see what I mean.
Palin’s no friend of the earth, and the cartoon (or whatever you’d call it) made me laugh. […]

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