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VIDEO: Jennifer L. Pozner Discusses AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Defeat on “The Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 21st, 2011

On Monday, I shared the happy news with you that the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger — which Women In Media & News and many other media activist organizations had actively opposed — was officially dead. And last night, I spent the first night of Chanukah on “The Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann, explaining how the festival […]

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WIMN Celebrates Defeat of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 19th, 2011

As the Executive Director of Women In Media & News, I am elated to tell you that today marked the final nail in the coffin of the AT&T merger with T-Mobile. This is a huge media justice victory, and in an era of hyper-consolidation and media industry deregulation, a victory of this magnitude is rare. […]

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Tie a Purple Ribbon, Too

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

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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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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Foreign Minister or Fashionista?

ajosephs Icon Posted by Ammu Joseph

August 2nd, 2011

Hina Rabbani Khar, the youngest and first woman to become Minister of Foreign/External Affairs of Pakistan, was just a week into her demanding new job when she travelled to India last week at the head of the Pakistani team participating in the recently resumed dialogue to promote peace between the two not-so-friendly neighbours.

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Door open for women in media policy

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

July 12th, 2011

As a result of a court decision last week, women and people of color have an open door to advocate for media policy that will serve to expand their media ownership.

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Future of media report - a feminist challenge

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

June 16th, 2011

Finding women and people of color in the long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age is an exercise in near futility. The 478-page report integrates details on the status of various media platforms and assesses mediated informational needs by communities within the United States in the years to come, ending with a short chapter on recommendations.

Yet those of us know through experience that when women and people of color are omitted or barely mentioned in such a comprehensive undertaking, their interests are most certainly not going to be part of any structural changes. If Congress and the FCC follow this report, the future of media promises to be as white and male as the present.

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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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SlutWalk: Does The Media Make the Message?

jchius Icon Posted by Joanna Chiu

May 26th, 2011

As a journalist who writes about feminism, gender and sexuality, I have been keenly interested in SlutWalk, a protest against victim-blaming which first took place in Toronto on April 3, after a local police officer said at a safety seminar that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
I wasn’t […]

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Does Oprah’s Finale Herald The Rapture?

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

May 25th, 2011

With the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show being treated on the level of cataclysm, I’m feeling deeply grateful. Not for her show, mind you, which has had its merits and detriments — but that my emotional strength comes from within, my psychological insights spring from an examined life, and my socio-cultural awareness is rooted […]

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