Republished: From The Womens Media Center
Carol JenkinsMay 23, 2008
In this most rigorous of primary seasons the subjects of gender and race have been pummeled, the youngest voters and oldest-ever candidate minutely scrutinized, and now we are required to sort ourselves by class.
In fact, the fracturing of our identities into gender, race, class, and age has been so thorough that the main task we have as a nation now is pulling ourselves together into a whole. If we’re lucky, this new nation will be an improvement on what we had. If we don’t exert every effort at reconciliation, these historic breakthroughs in political participation will be for naught. Media’s involvement in our division–and its responsibility in the healing–cannot be underestimated.
Our concerns here at The Women’s Media Center are just that–women and media: how women participate and how they are portrayed. For the past several months we have been monitoring comments made during this campaign, as have others (see Marie Cocco’s Misogyny I Won’t Miss). There has been a disturbing element that goes beyond disagreement with the issues-and steps into the territory of outright sexism.
Sexism in the MediaWith several partners, including the National Women’s Political Caucus, we have pulled together a video compilation of some of the most egregious remarks that aired recently on television. We call it “Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying.” Not all the clips are aimed at Hilary Clinton, but a lot are. As a non-partisan organization, we do not support any candidates. But this isn’t a partisan issue: it’s about making sure that women’s voices are present and powerful in our national dialogue. If you haven’t already, please click on the image at right to watch the video, and sign our petition. We’ll make sure the media executives get your responses. Together we can and must win this fight.
P.S. I love Hilary Clinton – Sincerely, Joy Rose www.mamapalooza.com