Media activist Ann Simonton, once a top fashion model, now travels internationally to present her compelling expose on the disturbing consequences of corporate owned media. Simonton appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Seventeen, and on the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Day, Bride and many other national magazines. She also appeared on dozens of national television commercials before turning her back on this lucrative career to dedicate her life to exposing commercial media’s bias.
Ms. Simonton is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the effects of media images and you may have seen her on Dr. Phil, Oprah, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight or CNN’s Crossfire. She is the founder and Director of Media Watch, the organization who, according to the Wall Street Journal, successfully convinced Dodge-Chrysler to pull their financial support of a Lingerie Bowl, where women in underwear played football during a Super Bowl Half Time show. Simonton was given the Feminist Heroine of the year Award, her autobiographical writings have been published by Harper & Row and her educational videos have garnered national acclaim. Don’t Be a TV: Television Victim, received the Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Video and Film Festival. And last but not least, Simonton has been arrested and jailed 11 times for her courageous, non-violent and often humorous protests.
Simonton: Print Media Archive
Simonton’s Lecture Poster
Sex, Power & The Media
high quality download available here
Media Watch’s Educational Video
Reviews of Warning:The Media May be Hazardous To Your Health
Media Literacy for High School and College level.
Media Literacy program review
Z Magazine published this article Slandering Anti-Pornography Feminists by Ann Simonton
How is this debate being silenced?
Women and Media: Content, Careers and Criticism Chapter by Simonton, entitled, Women For Sale
University reader on media, edited by Dr. Cynthia Lont.
USA Today Opinion on Sports Illustrated
Two sides of the debate around sports magazines publishing women in swimsuits.
Sports Illustrated Retrospective of Swimsuit Covers
25th Anniversary Issue
Women of the Year
Simonton shaves Hair
Using Consumer Boycott for Social Change
Throwing in the Towel by Bruce Horovitz
Los Angeles Times, Business
San Francisco Examiner
Miss American Shows Her Age
Protests and Scandals lessen popularity
From Ms. Magazine
Miss Steak & other Beauties
Simonton wears Bologna
Covers Simonton Shaving Hair
New York Times
Film Review of “Miss or Myth?”
Vincent Canby (who wrongly quotes our slogan as, “Dress Meat not Women” rather than “Judge Meat Not Women.” Could he have been hungry and thinking marinade?)
Myth CA Protest History
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Protest Wearing Meat
Susan Faludi profiles Simonton
“Miss Teen Covina’s Revenge”
from Mother Jones Magazine
Unpublished Responses to Faludi’s Article on Simonton
Faludi’s article prompted a huge response, the first was mailed to Media Watch and was found recently unsigned, and the second was from Simonton and never published.
Swedish rewrite of Simonton’s Talk
Impact of Media Images on Gender
Fotografisk Magazine, Sweden
Emma Magazine profiles Simonton
Former Model Protests Pornography
German Feminist Magazine
Reports Arrest in Cornflake Box
Tabloid coverage of Simonton’s Street Protest Protest Knocks Locks Off
From Weekly World News.
Women in Advertising
Sexism Still (soft) Sells
San Jose Mercury
Sponsored by Virginia Slims in Japanese.
Swedish review of Simonton’s Activism
Swedish Article on Simonton
In Swedish not English.
Beauty is Ageless
Myth CA Poster featuring Miriam Bradley
Slavic publication for Seniors