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Women and the Media

Women and the Media

I had a fascinating conversation today about the relationship between women and the media. There is truly a need for authentic women’s voices. Too often, in the media, women are either objectified or pandered to. We are put into categories. We are either hot chicks valued only for our bodies or smart, powerful bitches.

Women are underrepresented across the board – in politics, business, the arts – practically all areas of public life. Therefore, there is insufficient dialogue about how social, political, and cultural issues truly influence the lives of real women. “Women’s issues” are treated by reporters and politicians as somehow separate from other issues. This concept of separateness is, of course, a fallacy. Birth control issues affect men just as much as women – and women are impacted by foreign policy just as much as men. We are all human and we’re all sharing this society. That is not to say that men and women are the same. In fact, social, political, and cultural issues often impact men and women quite differently – but both men and women are impacted.

We need a more intelligent media for many reasons. In particular, we need the media to examine the perspectives of women in an insightful way. We need to get beneath the surface and start a discourse about the issues that affect women, and what needs to be done to respond to those issues.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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7:45PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

progress is far too slow and yet more needed than ever

11:42AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

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12:38AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

7:42PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Sexism is everywhere and people blindly accept it.

11:09AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

This seems like a very complex knot (which is probably one of the reasons it hasn't been successfully addressed). Yes, women are treated poorly by the media in general, and women's issues are not intrinsically separate from men's issues. I do agree that it is important to provide many perspectives (including women's) in a naturalistic way, and that intelligent discourse relies on viewing things from others' perspectives. Nobody is merely a set of labels, including "man" or "woman," and I would like to see many more perspectives considered in public discourse.

5:39PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

I know of several women in the media I respect, Megyn Kelly for one also all the women on The 5 on FOX news. I really do not see how women are under represented in the media.
There are more and more girls in powerful media roles.
I feel this article demeans the women who are powerful in the media. It should not matter if they are not of your idealogy (sp?) but that they are STRONG WOMEN.
otherwise who is the true mysogynist?

9:50AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Not only are women underrepresented, we are also misrepresented. The image of 'woman' the media wants people to see is completely derogatory in most cases and utterly ridiculous in others. We need to stand up and shoe the world that we can do as much as men can and we have to be taken seriously.

4:41PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Thanks.

12:05PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

thanks

9:38AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Hello, I sure you use some press. I am the founder of a natural Sleep tonic, called Escape To Sleep. I have worked in the fragrance and flavor industry for over 42 years as a perfumer and leader in aromatherapy promoting the use of natural essential oils for years. I am also a certified herbalist.
I would greatly appreciate any leads for journalists that might be interested in this story.
Sleep Well, Live Longer!

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