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Name it Change it…

Great post at TC today, and this especially caught my eye:

Here’s a project that will hopefully help women candidates in the future. The Women’s Media Center is starting a campaign called “NAME IT CHANGE IT” that will address sexism in media against women running for office.

Just days after the 90th anniversary of women’s right to vote, women candidates running for office during November’s midterm election have already begun to experience one of the biggest obstacles to their electoral success: The toxic manner in which they are portrayed in the media. This is why the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, Women’s Media Center, and Political Parity, are partnering to launch a national campaign to ensure media accountability through a coordinated rapid response network intended to dramatically decrease incidences of misogyny in the media directed at women running for elected office. The Name it. Change it. project aims high: To remove one of the most serious barriers to America’s representative democracy.

WMC President and former advisor to Hillary Clinton, Jehmu Greene, says “Not only will we monitor and hold outlets accountable for problematic coverage, we’ll work proactively with media professionals and outlets to provide resources for balanced local and national coverage of the elections, and give them the opportunity to take the equality pledge not to engage in pervasive sexist attacks – because we know that sexism and equality simply don’t mix.” Tuesday’s press conference will offer attending media the first chance to ask questions of speakers and campaign leaders, one-on-one interviews after the conference, as well as an opportunity to sign the Name It. Change It. equality pledge. The event will also livestream at www.nameitchangeit.org, www.wcffoundation.org, www.womensmediacenter.com.

Speaking of the Name it campaign

On Hardball: It’s the Year of the Woman But It’s Not the ‘Compassionate’ Woman We Like

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2010/08/30/hardball-its-year-woman-its-not-compassionate-woman-we#ixzz0yD8DqpO3

“MARGARET CARLSON, BLOOMBERG: Well, there are more Democratic women than, than Republicans, liberals. So you’re gonna have, this is like a final piece of equality for women where they can lose with men-

MATTHEWS: Right.

CARLSON: -when incumbents are in trouble. So women have finally achieved some kind of parity, and boom, it’s time to boot them out. But there’s a certain kind of woman that’s gonna do okay. I mean you have the momma grizzlies but it’s the grizzly part of it, not the momma part that’s working. You have to be a bear-

MATTHEWS: Give me names, give names.

CARLSON: You have to be a bear who’s gonna knock down the tent.

MATTHEWS: Who are the heavyweight women?

CARLSON: Linda McMahon? Can you imagine more of a bear. I mean it’s softcore wrestling-

MATTHEWS: Of world heavyweight wrestling.

CARLSON: -porn.”

Referring to the campaign of a woman as “softcore wrestling porn” really? I would like to see them make that comparison to two men having a tough campaign…

Which brings me to this book I got, When Everything Changed: The amazing journey of American Women from 1960 to present by Gail Collins, and after reading a bit of her take on the Hillary shitfest of 2008, makes me want to send this book packing back to Amazon.com.

I should have guessed about the woman’s opinions of Hillary by just looking at the cover. She has a picture of Hillary with her head down, with a very resigned look on her face. Certainly not an image that creates that feeling of empowerment at all.

I’ll end with this quote from a Family Guy Episode:

Brian: “You know I like Hillary Clinton I don’t care what any one says…”

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  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Statement on Equality
    By Gloria Steinem, WMC Cofounder and Board Member

    The most workable definition of equality for journalists is reversibility. Don’t mention her young children unless you would also mention his, or describe her clothes unless you would describe his, or say she’s shrill or attractive unless the same adjectives would be applied to a man. Don’t say she’s had facial surgery unless you say he dyes his hair or has hair plugs….and so on. Don’t say she’s just out of graduate school, but he’s a young Turk or that she’s someone’s protégée but he’s a rising star…

    By extension, don’t say someone is a Muslim unless you also identify Christians and Jews, or identify only some people by race, ethnicity or sexuality and not others. However, this does NOT mean being even-handedly positive or negative when only one person or side has done something positive or negative. Equality allows accuracy.

    http://womensmediacenter.com/blog/2010/08/gloria-steinems-statement-on-equality/

    Female Candidates Treated Differently?

    Do women who run for office get fair shake from media, pundits?

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4340171/female-candidates-treated-differently/

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