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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 […]


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 […]


Liveblog Recap of 16 & Pregnant reunion and MTV abortion special No Easy Decision

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 29th, 2010

Welcome. Earlier this evening, I posted this “Viewers Guide to MTV’s Abortion Special: Send young women your love, but give Dr. Drew the side-eye.” I hope you’ll find it useful as you watch the abortion special that is airing right now. I’ll be liveblogging here for the next half hour.
Due to the snowpocalypse, I didn’t […]


Viewers Guide to Tonight’s MTV’s Abortion Special: Send young women your love, but give Dr. Drew the side-eye

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 28th, 2010

As Entertainment Weekly reported last week, MTV will air No Easy Decision, a one-time special about teens who have had abortions, tonight at 11:30pm EST, an unfortunate ratings graveyard timeslot. (Exhale, a support organization for women who have had abortions, has organized an excellent companion campaign, “16 & Loved,” where you can send your love […]


BOSTON: Reality Bites Back TWICE, 11/19 in Wellesley, 11/20 with Jean Kilbourne in Boston

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 19th, 2010

Quick hit from the road: All you MA-area TV fans — there are two chances to catch Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV in Boston. Hope to see you at one of these events:
WHAT: Book reading and signing
WHEN: Nov. 19, 7pm
WHERE: Wellesley Booksmith
Why is reality television built on such […]


EVENT: Philly book reading TONIGHT, Nov 9, 5:30pm

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 9th, 2010

Hey Philly friends — come join me TONIGHT as I read from my new book, Reality Bites Back.
WHEN: Tuesday Nov. 9, 5:30 - 7:00pm
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Why is reality television built on such blatant gender and race stereotypes? Why are women and people of color represented so […]


VIDEO: “Reality Rehab” Webisode 3: The “Real” Housewife

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 4th, 2010

On Monday, to celebrate the official publication of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, I blogged the launch of Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn, a book trailer and satirical web series spoofing — and then liberating — reality TV’s stock characters through media literacy therapy. Monday also saw the debut […]


WIMN workshop at SPARK Summit: Challenging media sexualization of girls

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

October 21st, 2010

Quick reminder: if you’re in New York City, Hunter College is the place to be tomorrow, as media literacy activists, media makers, youth educators, girls’ rights advocates, scholars — and, importantly, girls themselves — will be coming together for the SPARK Summit (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge).
On behalf of Women In Media & News, I’m […]


GRITtv Digs into “Freedom Rides for Life”

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October 16th, 2010

For the first video in our new investigative series, GRITtv Digs, we’re looking into the “Freedom Rides for Life” and the anti-abortion movement’s targeting of women of color, particularly black women in the South, using racially divisive tactics.

The following is a transcript:
An attack is ratcheting up on women’s reproductive freedoms with an […]


No Study Is Too Bad To Be Popularized If It Bashes Women

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October 11th, 2010

The most recent example of that comes from the BBC website where a story about an Internet survey has the title “Mothers ‘Harder on Daughters Than Sons’, Poll Suggests.”

The survey, carried out by a U.K. website called Netmums, is based on self-selection, not a random sample. This means that the results cannot be generalized beyond the respondents of the survey, but that is exactly what seems to be happening, from the BBC to Fox News!

But that’s not all that is wrong with the popularizations of this survey or the survey itself. The most glaring error:

More than half of the 2,672 mothers questioned (55%) said they had formed a stronger bond with their boys

Let’s have a look at the actual study results:
2. What gender are your children?

* All girls - 23.2%
* All boys - 30.8%
* Both girls and boys - 46%

9. If you have children of both genders, did you find it easier to bond with one of your children than the other(s)?

* Yes - 27.8%
* No - 72.2%

10. If yes, please specify whether you found it easiest to bond with your:

* Son - 54.9%
* Daughter - 45.1%