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MARCH 2011


Celebrate International Women's Day, March 8th. This year marks the 100 year anniversary. In Iceland women have a tradition of wearing red socks and marching through the streets on this day. Around the globe, this is a day to recognize the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments that women make and have made to our world. Register to join women who will gather on bridges across the globe on March 8th, 2011. To learn more about the history of March 8th, visit PBS or watch the video "If Not Now—When?".


I write this in solidarity with the millions who marched throughout Europe calling for the media’s recognition of women’s dignity. The march, which began in Italy, called for Berlusconi’s resignation using the slogan; “If not now, when?” It seems as if we are light years from this sort of action in the United States. Anyone can besmirch women’s media image because there is an unspoken justification based on the woman’s “choice” to be in the media. The big picture of how women’s public debasement affects everyone who consumes it continues, for the most part, unacknowledged and uncontested.





Alongside the House Republicans vote to defund Planned Parenthood, the old abortion-acess-is-black-genocide meme has reemerged. Billboards have appeared in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and, we're told by readers, elsewhere. In New York, the billboard (which has been removed) featured a young black girl (whose mother wasn't told the purpose of the the photos) and read, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." Despite Rep. Gwen Moore's defense of Planned Parenthood on behalf of black womb-havers on the House floor last week, that idea has tapped into a long and earned distrust among black Americans of the health care industry broadly. It trades on a very real and troubling history.

Read the original article here. Also on Colorlines; an article by Miriam Zoila Perez.



News reports continue to ignore and downplay the hundreds of thousands of civilians being killed in Afghanistan. On March 1st, another nine children, who were gathering wood, were killed in Dara-i-Pech district of eastern Afghanistan. The UK Guardain reports how some children play in that region.

"The suicide bomber, his faced coaked in black, solemnly approaches a line of comrades, hugging each one in turn. Wailing jihadi chants fill the air. The bomber turns and makes for his target. A sentry tries to stop him but he tugs the cord.

Boom! Smoke fills the air and bodies go flying. As the dust settles a crowd rushes forward to examine the dead–some of whom seem to be struggling not to giggle."

Read the original article published by the UK Guardian.


NOT OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Courtney, writing on

"When I was a teenager, I found an old Christmas letter in which my mom described her surprise that, at six years old, I wasn't turning out to be a tomboy–as she had fantasized– and instead becoming a girlie-girl, craving Barbies, princess dresses, and Cabbage Patch Dolls. I remember a wave of shame that passed through me as I read those words. Had I gotten it all wrong? Had I disappointed my mom?


I thought about this moment while reading Peggy Orenstein's new book, Cinderella Ate my Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture."




What is it with sexy women with wings? And, since when would an angel crash to the ground endangering herself and others? Angels are smart and can navigate on wings. Unilever's deodorant (Lynx, AXE) advert in Europe is portraying some badly trained, young, attractive, women wearing bandage dresses, and wings, and calling them angels. The campaign appears to intentionally imitate a Victoria's Secret underwear show, only this ad culminates with a gang of angels crashing their glass halos to the ground (right next to their bare feet) rejecting their angel status. All for one dude on a moped. Right. Dream on. Please consider writing Unilever. They produce AXE ads and, hypocritically enough, the Dove Campaign for women. Go figure.


From YouTube (German). Thanks goes out to Mary,our London-based Media Watcher, for this info.


Tell Unilever CEO Paul Polman what you think. Send an email to comments@unilever or leave your comments at the Unilever's web site.



Many people, especially in the United States, have trouble with geography. So we are sharing this useful tool to help you practice placing the name on the country in the whole middle eastern, asian, eastern europe and, north african region. With all the turmoil going on, accurate geographical knowledge is essential. Relax, there is no timer, no scores kept.

Visit the Map Game.



Writing in, Glenn Greenwald reports on a growing hatred of American Muslims that's being fanned by media shills like Fox News host Glenn Beck and anti-Islamic blogger Pamela Geller.

"House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) will convene a Congressional hearing to investigate the loyalty and "radicalization" of American Muslims. Earlier this week in Tennessee, a bill was proposed to make it a felony to follow sharia law—essentially criminalizing the practice of Islam in that state. Last year, mosques in Tennessee, Oregon, and Georgia werer targeted with apparent arson. The case against Park51 community center, including from mainstream TV journalists, was grounded in the warped premise that Muslim bore the guilt for the 9/11 attacks. All of these sentiments are bolstered on a regular basis by a deranged cult-leader/TV personality followed by millions."


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