Tag Archives: sexism in the media

When “smart meets sexy,” or when bad humor happens to good people, or even how hard is it to just apologize and put people first, not stereotypes?

Tweet“It’s just a joke.” “I thought it was funny.” “Stop overreacting.” “It’s sparking conversations. It was approved by network Standards and Practices and it uses humor to illustrate the point about how powerful a combination ‘sexy’ and ‘smart’ are. Personally, I think it’s hilarious.” To a lot of us who have been on the wrong side [...]
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Female college students, beware the slut-shaming

TweetThe walk of fame. The stroll of success. It seems that the stride of confidence across campus in the same clothes as the night before, ducking behind buses and bushes after spending the night with a member of the opposite sex is now considered a rite of passage and even an imminent fate for many [...]
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Aging and the media’s obsession with youth

Tweet A SYTYCB Entry When I blog about body image, I always rail against the media’s obsession with youth and thinness. Yet, even though I know better, I don’t escape getting hooked with its message. Bottom line: I’m struggling with getting older. I haven’t yet tamed the voice of the inner-shrew-on-aging. I hear her in [...]
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Olympic sexism

TweetThe fast-approaching Olympic Games should present a fantastic opportunity to combat sexist stereotypes by profiling talented and successful female athletes from around the world. With the release of a UK government report this week revealing that girls as young as 5 are worried about their appearance, and an Association of Teachers and Lecturers study showing [...]
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She’s a Harvard professor… but don’t worry, she can bake

TweetThere is an excellent profile of the scientist Elizabeth S. Spelke in the New York Times this week, written by Natalie Angier, that is worth a read. Dr. Spelke is a cognitive psychologist at Harvard where she researches babies and the way their minds work in order to better understand the brain’s innate capabilities and [...]
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