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APRIL 2014



Transcript of a current PSA Offering Fatherly ADVICE: "It's 6:42 pm—time for Steve Plotto and his son Dylan to do the dishes. They talk about everything—from the yuckiness of girls to the awesomeness of his soccer team. Sometimes they don't talk at all. Then, hey,it's the dreaded splash fight! It's Dad O’Clock, and it's the best time of the day, because the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life. Take time to be a dad today. Call 877-4-DAD-411 or visit Brought to you by the US Department of Health & Human Services and the Ad Council." Sample Email to SEND: I am writing in regard to your Fatherhood. gov PSA which suggests male bonding include discussing the "yuckiness of girls." To suggest that "good fathers" should promote and perpetuate misogyny is so pernicious as to be absolutely stunning, especially when it's accomplished using our tax money! Sexism is as destructive as racism. Sexism immeasurably harms everyone of us, every single day. Please let me know who wrote this PSA, and who approved it for broadcast? I call on your organization to not only remove it from circulation immediately, but to broadcast an apology to reverse the damage this PSA has done. Sincerely, (Your Name) or call them 877-432-3411, The Ad Council is at 415-262-3532 or email them The agency that created it is Campbell Ewald- email: And please let Media Watch know if you get any response to your inquiries. Big Thanks to Katharine Herndon for alerting us to this ad and doing so much research after she heard this ad played two weeks ago. PSA's here



Today is Equal Pay Day, meaning that some women in America have, as of today, made as much money as their male peers made by December 31, 2013. This is unacceptable - but we may soon close the wage gap. Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less. Black women make just 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The pay gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers. Tell your Senators that it’s time to end pay discrimination. Join us for a Twitter storm in support of equal pay from 2-3 PM EST using the hashtag #NoMadMenPay! Fox News is busy celebrating Equal Pay Day by lying about the problem of a pay gap between men and women in the United States. Mediamatters put together this collage. #EQUALPAYDAY WATCH FOX NEWS TWIST REALITY



Teen Voices Rising commentators: Adamajan Bah, Hibo Abdullahi, Mariam Bah

For a week-and-a-half, I did something I've never done before. I wore my hijab to school and kept it on everywhere I went. Whoa! I know that I was supposed to start wearing the head scarf a very long time ago as a sign of modesty and my devotion to Islam. However, I hadn't felt ready to commit. Then, one morning a few months ago, I woke up and just decided that I was going to put it on. Two days before, a Muslim teacher at my Arabic school had talked about the afterlife and how if you didn't follow the rules of Islam you would be punished in hellfire. I was scared. My initial thoughts were that I was going to wear it for the rest of my life. I was a little skeptical about it, though. So I figured that I would wear it for a week and see how it went. I got dressed the way I usually did for school -- jeans and a long-sleeved shirt -- but this time I added a little spice to my wardrobe: a hijab. I went to the mirror to see how I looked. Fear struck as I thought about what people at school would say. However, I just sucked it up and said "Bismillah" -- in the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most beneficent -- and then walked out the door. As I got to school and pulled my jacket hood off, I felt as if I was the center of everyone's conversation. I actually heard someone blurt out: "What the heck is on Adama's head?" As the day progressed, it seemed like there was a big sign on my forehead saying: "PLEASE STARE AT ME."   Read More.



(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) "Yes, let's erase stigma. But feminists, please: let's not forget to talk about male privilege." by Katha Pollitt

On the left, prostitution used to be seen as a bad thing: part of the general degradation of the working class, and the subjugation of women, under capitalism. Women who sold sex were victims, forced by circumstances into a painful and humiliating way of life, and socialism would liberate them. Now, selling sex is sex work—just another service job, with good points and bad—and if you suggest that the women who perform it are anything less than free agents, perhaps even "empowered" if they make enough money, you're just a prude. Today's villain is not the pimp or the john—it's second-wave feminists, with their primitive men-are-the-enemy worldview, and "rescuers" like Nicholas Kristof, who presume to know what’s best for women. The hot new left-wing journals are full of this thinking. Right now on the New Inquiry website, for example, you can take a satirical quiz called "Are You Being Sex Trafficked?" Of course, if you are reading the New Inquiry, chances are you're not being sex trafficked; if you're a sex worker, chances are you're a grad student or a writer or maybe an activist—a highly educated woman who has other options and prefers this one. And that is where things get tricky. Because in what other area of labor would leftists look to the elite craftsman to speak for the rank and file? You might as well ask a pastry chef what it's like to ladle out mashed potatoes in a school cafeteria. In the discourse of sex work, it seems, the subaltern does not get to speak. Read More.
This article appears in the April 21, 2014 edition of The Nation.



Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her hair into two twists around her head. She has been in the military for six years and has worn her hair natural (meaning no chemical treatments [perms] or hair extensions [weaves]) for four of those years. But according to the new hair-grooming requirements the U.S. Army recently released, her hair is now out of regulation. And so are the Afro-centric hairstyles of many black women in the Army, who make up 31% of Army women. Jacobs has started a White House petition asking the Army to rethink its new hair guidelines.  The petition has collected more than 7,000 signatures from soldiers and civilians, but needs to reach 100,000 signatures by April 19th in order for the White House to address it. Please sign it. The petition states: Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair. These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. Read Source.



What if the sexism women experience every day were flipped on its head and it was men on the receiving end? A video producer from The Guardian, Leah Green, decided to go undercover in London to see how unsuspecting men react to sexist situations. Every sexist thing she says comes from real-life examples taken from The Everyday Sexism project. Notice the bar sign proclaims, "Nice Melons." Watch Video.
Since the Everyday Sexism Project started, many of the stories we have catalogued have described not just sexism, but sexism intermingled with other forms of prejudice – racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, disableism, stigma around mental-health problems, and more. Again and again, we've heard from women in same-sex relationships being fetishised and asked for threesomes when they're just trying to walk down the street, trans women mocked and belittled and hounded from public spaces, Asian women being labelled as "easy" or "obedient", sex workers accused of being complicit in their own assaults, disabled women infantalised and patronised, and countless similar stories. Read More.



This article ran early this year but we thought it was worth running, in case anyone missed it. The Brazilian wax has been on its way out for a while. But what may be its final death throe comes, according to the Atlantic Wire, in the form of unshaved mannequins on display at American Apparel. Feminists and women who don't like pain have reason to celebrate, but here's another group that should embrace the natural trend: doctors. American society's aestheticization of hairless female genitalia apparently came at the cost of a veritable epidemic of grooming-related injuries. And while the Brazilian trend got lots of attention, the attendant carnage did not. Luckily, a team of doctors led by Allison Glass of the University of California, San Francisco, was on the case. For a 2012 paper in the journal Urology, they analyzed Emergency Room data on relevant injuries caused by pubic hair grooming related injuries and found: 1. Between 2002 and 2010, the number of injuries increased fivefold. Of the cohort, 56.7 percent were women. The most at-risk group was women aged 19 to 28. 2. Shaving razors were implicated in 83% of the injuries. 3. Laceration was the most common type of injury (36.6 percent). 4. The most common site of injury was the external female genitalia (36 percent). Read More.


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