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“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.”
~attributed to Lord Northcliffe
By blue milk on November 23, 2010
Quick fact about women in the news: apparently, women feature in only about a fifth of the world’s news headlines and just ten percent of all news stories. (My guess is that if you took celebrities out of the media monitoring survey you could probably halve that number again for how often women make the news).
And when women finally make the news in what capacity do we make it?
By tigtog on November 23, 2010
These ads not only market toys to children but it also promotes and encourages gender specific values that are very limiting to boys and girls in different ways. The values and skills promoted in these commercials can play a critical role in the socalization of youth and their development of emotional expression, conflict resolution, the confidence to pursue various careers and the ability to maintain healthy relationships as adults.
By blue milk on November 17, 2010
Mateship is a bond so sacred we want it recognised in the Australian Constitution but female friendship is something nasty and undermining. Apparently this is because female friendships are distracted by competition for men.
Oh, this kind of shit doth weary me.
By tigtog on November 17, 2010
So how about a thread where we share some fun pop culture moments about weddings (or non-weddings) that avoid the Consumerist Fantasy Wedding tropes? I’ll start off with Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling:
By tigtog on November 12, 2010
there is a correlation between overexposure to sexualized media images of women with depression, eating disorders and risky sexual behavior for girls and demeaning, sexist attitudes in boys
By tigtog on November 9, 2010
Following major publicity over Charlie Sheen’s latest hospitalisation following yet another “meltdown” that resulted in a cowering woman, the ratings for his craptacular sausage-com have gone up.
By blue milk on November 3, 2010
The evolution of the whole ‘Mum’ identity in politics is completely fascinating if not also repellent. You can read Judith Warner’s entire piece, “The New Momism” here. It is a pretty thought-provoking article. There was a time when words like “mom” or “mama” weren’t necessarily associated with the traits needed for good political judgment or […]
By Mindy on November 1, 2010
I was expecting this to have so much fail and was actually pleasantly surprised.
By Jennifer on November 1, 2010
Being fat in public is, so often, a political act, but just as often it’s an almost inescapable act. As a woman of colour who is often read as white, and a queer woman in a relationship with a man, these aspects of my identity are, in many cases (though not all, because so often it’s heavily dependant upon the ‘audience’), not as front-and-centre visible. My fat, however, is always here, with me.
By Jo Tamar on October 22, 2010
Headlines: “Student becomes new police chief in Mexican town” vs “Just 20, young mother becomes Mexican top cop”
FFS folks: just how long does the public shaming of Kristy Fraser-Kirk for daring to speak up have to go on?
By tigtog on October 18, 2010
What part exactly of “any punitive damages portion of up to 37 million dollars awarded by the court will be donated to charity” and “a private settlement of less than a million dollars does not include the originally sought-after punitive damages” are so many people finding so difficult to compute?
By Mindy on October 1, 2010
I’m not sure why, but Sesame Street have made a True Blood parody called True Mud. And here it is. Enjoy. And is this too much cleavage for Sesame Street? They thought so, what do you think? Have an enjoyable and safe long weekend (where it is a long weekend) and don’t forget double demerit […]