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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Name It Change It: media sexism in 2011

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I feel compelled to post this email from Name It Change It as 2011 comes to a close, and we face another presidential election year in which politicians and the media will no doubt continue their habitual sexist, misogynist ways. 

We can only hope that little by little we’ll be able to raise the consciousness of the few who may one day lead the nation toward equality for all.

Dear Virginia,

“Bit of a heifer,” “Dumb twat,” “Great masturbation material.”

These were just some of outrageous terms thrown at women in politics in 2011. Every year Name It. Change It. takes a step back to examine the full year of the media coverage of women candidates and elected officials. Sadly, in 2011 we found no limit to how demeaning or insulting some media outlets and personalities felt they could be towards women candidates. The Name It. Change It. project is about pointing out sheer misogyny disguised as mere criticism.

This year, like last, contained some real doozies. Newsweek, Bill Maher, Tracey Morgan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and of course Huffington Post.

We invite you to read our Year in Political Media Sexism coverage and also to get angry. This sexism is wrong and needs to stop. That’s why we need your help in calling it out.

    Sign up for our Action Alerts to stay informed when sexist attacks and remarks are made.

    See something sexist? Report it to Name It. Change It.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

2012 unfortunately will bring a whole host of sexist attacks against women candidates as the election season heats up. And we need your help. Will you join us in fighting sexism?

--The Name It. Change It. Team

Name It. Change It. is a collaborative campaign between She Should Run, Women's Media Center, and Political Parity, Name It. Change It. works to end sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates by all members of the press

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