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“Who are the people behind the scenes making these crucial decisions about what we see?”

Miss Representation 

did y’all know that its just like these companies that own ALL MEDIA?? All those channels, newspapers, magazines… all report to the same handful of people.

Concentrated power and media hegemony is in control of our pop culture

Hm. Now those are some interesting facts!

(via thenewwomensmovement)



2 apps for your iPhone, “Circle of 6” and “On Watch,” will be available next year.  Check out the article for full details.

That’s an interesting idea. Thoughts? 


Despite hundreds of thousands of people asking Facebook to remove pages that condone and encourage sexual violence and violence against women, the company has refused to take action. They’re defending these pages (which violate their own terms of service) by saying that “what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining – just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.”

Today is’s Twitter action day. Using the #notfunnyfacebook hashtag on Twitter, join us in sending Zuckerberg & Co. a message: sexual assault is NEVER funny, rape is NOT a joke, and violence against women is a serious problem. 

(via shelbyknox)


As this blog has shown, we live in a society where we are constantly bombarded by sexist and racist media. When women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (WMC), does it come as a surprise that patriarchal values and rape culture are perpetuated?

I hope this blog serves as a call to action and source for inspiration for why it is so important to fight for images and media that empower women and make our voices heard. I hope it makes people consider where their purchasing power as consumers is going. But more than that, I want to promote the absolute necessity of media literacy in the world we live in today.

In fact, not thinking critically about media messaging can be dangerous. In the US, as many as 10 million women suffer from an eating disorder (NEDA). Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (ANAD). The connection between eating disorders and the unrealistic and unhealthy body image that appears everywhere, over and over again, is indisputable. And the messaging works: by the age of 17, 78% of girls say they are unhappy with their bodies (MOTM).

While women are being increasingly sexualized and hypersexualized in ads, magazines, film, and TV, there are only 17 women in the US senate, 15 Fortune 500 Companies whose CEOs are women, 11% of prime time TV shows are directed by women, and only 8% of technology start-ups are led by women (Off the Sidelines). In a well-known psychology experiment, women were shown to perform worse than men on a math test when told that men typically did better. This effect is called stereotype threat and is attributed to the anxiety caused by fear of confirming a negative stereotype. Products like Forever 21’s “Allergic to Algebra” and JC Penney’s “Too Pretty For Homework” shirts just spread these stereotypes and certainly don’t help young women feel confident and capable.

By being aware of the power of media and examining the myriad ways media affects us and our decisions on a daily basis, we can fight against these damaging images and, most importantly, the damage they can do to our perceptions of ourselves. Today is Love Your Body Day, an event started in 1998 by The National Organization for Women to fight against unhealthy stereotypes about women and women’s bodies and to encourage women to celebrate their bodies. Today, roll your eyes at that sexist ad you pass on the subway (and snap a picture to send to us!), but also fight against the internalization of the negative body image so many of these ads are aggressively pushing on us. Do something that makes you feel great and refuse to accept how the media is portraying you.

NOW-NYC is holding our annual Love Your Body Day celebration tomorrow at 6pm. Join us if you’re in the New York area! More info here.

This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival.


Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

-Audre Lorde (thanks Jessamyn)

Want to do something truly radical today? Something that would rock the world and change the way it looked? Something that has the power to impact the lives of your daughters, nieces, cousins, sisters, and friends? Start loving your body!

Today is Love Your Body Day, an event started in 1998 by The National Organization for Women to fight against unhealthy stereotypes about women and women’s bodies and to encourage women to celebrate their bodies.

By teaching women practically from birth that their bodies are objects for public consumption and that those bodies are wrong, our culture is continuously oppressing girls and women. Fear, shame, and self-doubt are distractions we can’t afford. Fight against them and recognize that you are beautiful and that your body is not broken- it is whole and strong and cannot be held back.

NOW-NYC is holding our annual Love Your Body Day celebration tomorrow at 6pm. Join us if you’re in the New York area! More info here.

This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival.


The Winners:

- The first Arab woman to be win the peace prize, Tawakkul Karman, is awarded for her efforts as a leader of anti-government protests in Yemen.

- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was awarded for her achievement in becoming the first woman to win a free presidential election in Africa.

- Leymah Gbowee of Liberia was awarded for her campaigns against the use of rape as a weapon in Liberia’s civil war.

That’s very exciting! Keep up the great work ladies!

By Becky Mezzanotte

In a world where I continually hear gripes about the political state of the U.S., I can always seem to find a small piece of silver lining somewhere. For the health care law that passed in March of 2010, it’s the fact that I am able to stay on my parent’s health care plan until I am 26. It may not seem like it’s that big of a deal to some people, but to me it means quite a bit.

Why? Well, the main reason this means so much to me is that I’m a college graduate who went straight into graduate school. I don’t have a full time job as I’m still working on my education and even if I wasn’t in graduate school, there is a chance I still wouldn’t have a job with benefits due to the economy. It’s a terrifying thought for someone who barely is able to make rent that if I got sick or injured, the medical expenses would be astronomical.

The idea of being able to stay on my parent’s health care plan until I’m 26 provides me as an individual and several other young adults in the same position as me the ability to search out employment, continue grad school, or do whatever else we may be doing and still be able to afford medical attention, or medication should the need ever arise. Simply put, this means that I’m able to graduate with my Master’s degree and go out and find a job without the fear of “what happens if I get sick or injured”.


Becky Mezzanotte is a graduate of American University and the current social media specialist at the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO).

By Kendra McCormick

Throughout the economic crisis, many successful policies that improve women’s economic security and ensure our access to health care have been put in jeopardy. Even our right to vote is being attacked. However, I feel most threatened by the proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


It is easy for me to see how the Affordable Care Act affects both me and the people that I care about. As a recent college graduate, it has comforted me to know that I can stay on my parents’ health insurance plan until I obtain my own health benefits. Furthermore, a family member has struggled with health issues in the past and will soon need to find a new health insurance policy. Under the Affordable Care Act, her pre-existing conditions will not prevent her from obtaining the health insurance that she needs. Yet it is not just my family and I that benefit; countless other women are also assisted by this legislation. 


The Affordable Care Act ensures that people with most pre-existing conditions will be able to acquire health insurance, defrays the costs of preventive care, and prohibits monetary limits on coverage of essential benefits. These provisions, in addition to numerous others, can particularly benefit women.


Preventive health services for women include mammograms, cervical cancer screening, contraception, flu shots, HIV screening, breastfeeding support, and domestic violence screening. The prohibition on coverage limits protects women with chronic conditions. Another provision allows young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. Like me, other young women, who are more likely than any other group of women to lack health insurance, are already benefiting from this policy.


These are just several of many examples of the value of the Affordable Care Act for women. Thanks to this legislation, women and girls have increased access to a variety of healthcare services and will be able to experience a better quality of life.


Kendra McCormick is a 2011 graduate of the George Washington University and Program and Policy Intern at the National Council of Women’s Organizations. 

By Kendra McCormick

The recession negatively impacts young people looking to enter the workforce for the first time, and as a recent college graduate, I can easily see how the recession is impacting my peers and me. I have experienced firsthand how difficult it is to find full-time, paid employment in my field of study, and I know many other people in the same position as myself.

Therefore, when President Obama announced the American Jobs Act, I was excited to hear what he would have to offer for recent graduates, but I had a hard time seeing what was in this plan for people like me. How will students lower their debt, and how will opportunities be built for them to begin a career after college? It is clear that something has to be done.

During my job search, I have come across countless articles describing the hardships of unemployed and underemployed college graduates. The price of tuition at many schools has skyrocketed, yet entry-level wages for college graduates are down. Statistics show that my generation is taking a longer amount of time to become financially stable and independent. Furthermore, many experts speculate that students who graduate during the recession will be left enduring long-lasting economic and professional consequences, including stunted professional development and decades of lower wages. And it is not only college graduates who are suffering: regardless of education, America’s youngest workers have been hit harder than average by the recession.

Because reducing unemployment is so critical for my generation’s success, I support the American Jobs Act. Although there was not much mention of how it would specifically benefit recent college graduates, it does aim to expand opportunities for low-income youth, and it prioritizes creating lasting economic change. Additionally, the American Jobs Act would have a positive impact on women, who have yet to benefit from the recovery as much as men have.

Overall, I believe that passing this bill would be a step forward, for my generation, for women, and for reducing unemployment. However, I hope that more will also be done to specifically benefit the large numbers of recent graduates who have thus far been unable to launch their careers. After all, what better incentive is there for young people to continue their education than a clear correlation between education and jobs?


Kendra McCormick is a 2011 graduate of George Washington University and Program and Policy Intern at the National Council of Women’s Organizations.

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“No means no. No means no if she’s drunk or sober. No means no if she’s in the dorm room or on the street. No means no even if she said yes first and changed her mind. No means no—no matter what. I’m asking all of you, all of you to help get this message out.” —Joe Biden

The video is being released on the 17th anniversary of the passage of his Violence Against Women’s Actwhich is up for reauthorization this year.