3 Minutes That Show How The Media Failed Women In 2013

I would rather be celebrated for being and extraordinary person who just happens to be a woman, than for being a woman who just happens to be extraordinary. Celebrate actual achievement, not just the gender of the person achieving it.


9 thoughts on “3 Minutes That Show How The Media Failed Women In 2013

  1. The rights that we currently have, as women, did not come easily or fast. From the video above, the conspiracy theory area of my brain is activated and I wonder if there is not a concerted effort to devalue us as human beings. Are we American women so different, so far removed, from our sisters in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, etc.?

    • We’re not so different from the women in those countries at all, when you think about it.

      I recently saw a photo from AFP that showed a Ukrainian woman with the words “Fuck Your Morals” written across her bare chest. The US media had the image censored. To me, the fact that it was censored says as much about America as it does the Ukraine. The word “fuck” was not censored; we can curse but God forbid we show the human body.

  2. I have actually heard “dumb bitch” said (with no male moral outrage shown in the room) on multiple times in the last decade. I always thought it was because I was in a VERY conservative part of the country, but after seeing this, I am not so sure. Sigh.

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  4. I’m watching this for the second time and repeating the focus is MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA–and all of it reflects the culture, people, that produces it. I suspect I am older than you and therefore have encountered all of this in various incarnations for a longer period of time. I have been very angry with women who willingly feed into the male negative patriarchal mentality–that is a real part of our population. My mother was/is one such woman — “What’s the point of you getting a college education when you’re just going to get married?”–oh yeah, she said that to me and did her best to try to keep me from going to college and then she continued this thinking by trying to get me out of it after I got there under my own steam. She has NOT changed in all the time I’ve known her.

    I have also known very NOT this mentality from some men.
    This complicates dealing with the bigger picture your wonderful video post points to. I’ve also witnessed — and totally not comprehended–women in the same organization back biting and undermining each other —take note, men do the same thing to each other— and losing track of their greater goals because of their personal issues with each other and their own insecurities and power struggles.

    Until we all get behind each other for positive change we’re going to have big problems. I don’t know why people cannot prioritize what’s really important and stick to that, but I’ve seen it happen again and again. Sometimes, like Word Wabbit mentioned, it looks like a conspiracy at work with infiltrators of the status quo monkey wrenching effective cultural – social -political -economic change. How does one deal with women who don’t advocate for equal pay under the law? I don’t know. I haven’t figured that out yet. Except to make them take less pay for doing the same job as a man and seeing it that motivates them to get their grey matter in motion.

    Okay, I just noticed how much I’ve yapped here.
    Thank you for the great video–tweeted and fb’d it.
    Glad to have found via Misbehaved Woman’s blog award list.

    • I watched it several times, and you’re right. It’s the media. You have to change the culture in order to change the media, because sex sells. Changing the culture is the hard part. You’ve got the women who say to only buy from brands that promote healthy body images, but that will never work. Not enough women care – women like your mother – because they have men. Only when women are making the decisions in the media (and well-informed and well-educated women, at that) will anything change.

      I have a friend who said she was only in college to earn her Mrs. Degree. To me, its a shame that we have people in our society who still think this way.

      I’m glad you found me as well. I enjoyed skimming over your blog 🙂

      • Oh yeah, the MRS. Degree–LOL– as if that’s all there is in life.
        The first time I heard that term I was at a complete loss. It was a funny situation at the time–but afterwards, it gave me some serious food for thought.

  5. Oh, I feel remiss by not adding this based on a decade of “forced” ,via parental responsibilities, viewing of young people’s sports. Having had a daughter capable of holding her own on sports teams of both genders I actually witnessed this time and time again all the way from grade school ages into college level play.
    The girls and young women on a team had to be unified on the field and off in order to be effective as a team. If there was social discord it was reflected on the field time and time again.
    In contrast, the boys and men could be at each other’s throats off the field and socially, BUT would put aside their personal differences in order to WIN as an effective team.
    Now– I suspect these are learned differences in thinking and behavior. I hope so-if if this is learned then it can be UN-learned and changed.
    Yeah, it’s not a pretty picture, but my daughter also repeatedly commented on this and it was part of her reason for preferring playing with the boys–because they wanted to win and so did she. And believe me, often she didn’t get along with guys with negative mentalities regarding girls. But she could work with them on a sports team–soccer and baseball– to score.
    As for the guys—let’s put it this way, when someone on the opposing team clotheslines the center midfielder on a breakaway run in order to keep them from scoring, there is/was hell to pay from the entire team– no matter if it was my daughter or one of the guys. I have to say the same unified response did NOT occur among the girls/ young women. This is a problem we must address in some way. We must support and respect each other to reach our political and cultural goals even if we don’t ‘like’ each other personally.Mutual respect for each other’s talents could get everyone a lot further along.
    Now I’ll try to shut up.

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