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Of course you never fantasised about Your Wedding when you were little! 1) The groom’s outfit is boring and he doesn’t get to be the centre of attention! And 2) You had Batman and the Doctor and James Bond and Indiana Jones! That’s also why you didn’t bother playing at being a husband or father. Why would you, when the power over a household and a child pales into insignificance next to power over a crime-ridden city, an ancient underground tomb or the whole fucking universe?

Now, find me six equivalent Awesome Female Outfits, readily available and visible in pop culture, which a little girl need merely sit down in front of the TV to see. And remember, the woman wearing the outfit has to be the centre of attention. Not part of a team, unless she’s the undisputed leader; not a sidekick, not a love interest, not an antagonist and not a feminised version of a male original. So no Batgirl or Supergirl, don’t come to me with any X-Ma… well, you see the problem there already. She has to be the lead. And really I’d prefer it if the said awesome outfit was a bit more substantial than underwear anyway. Something long, swishy and dramatic would be nice – I get the feeling we might share a taste for that.

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3 percent of the decision-making in media comes from women. That means 97 percent of how women are portrayed is decided on by men.

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“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” (via ihopeyoucontinue4ever)

It also means that 97 percent of how men are portrayed in media are decided on by men. Something to remind MRAs and their ilk of when they complain about the stereotype of men as inept slobs, bad fathers, etc in media and advertising.

Men have the power. So when we men are shat on by the powers that be you don’t get to try and blame women for that.

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The problem isn’t criticism; powerful leaders need to be scrutinised — period. The problem is that US and western reporters routinely fail to put Venezuela’s shortcomings in context, and refuse to apply a single standard. For instance, a FAIR study of US newspaper editorials on human rights showed Venezuela portrayed as far more sinister and foreboding than violently repressive Colombia, the US’s closest ally in the region. If the reality of Venezuela during the Chávez years left something to be desired, it did not leave journalists, labour leaders and political activists fearing for their lives or worse. But US journalists can’t be expected to apply standards of fairness while serving Washington’s agenda.
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We’re hiring, like, a lot of people.



We’re expanding our editorial team in a number of directions at once, and we’re looking for multi-talented, politically-attuned, self-driven social media natives to help us figure out some new things here.

That’s where you come in. Do any of these positions sound like they’re for you or a superstar you know? If you’re interested, please click the link(s) of your choice and complete the online application(s) required. We can’t wait to hear from you!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US (It’s only fair. We asked to know a little about you.)

Our mission is to use irresistible social media to draw attention to the things that really matter. In our first year, we’ve inspired millions to watch great videos about standing up to bullies, getting young girls excited about engineering, holding big banks accountable, and dozens of other important topics.

Media outlets like The New York Times, AllThingsD, and Business Insider have called us one of the fastest-growing media sites in history — we attracted more than 10 million unique visitors last month alone. But to make the kind of difference we want to make in the world, we need to go even further.

We need you!

If I didn’t just get a new job, I would sooo apply! Do it, ya’ll!

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But who is this obsessive focus really for? I’ve never met a single person who enjoyed the retrospectives or the graphic replays. I’ve yet to see someone write in a personal blog or a Facebook status, “Really happy to see that Reuters decided to post 9/11 pictures at 10 minute intervals on their Tumblr – it just feels right.” In a This American Life episode that tackled the idea of how to grieve for the September 11th attacks ten years later, a survivor said that she is always relieved when September 12th comes around. When host Ira Glass asked her who the memorials were for if not for people like her, she said simply, “Well, I don’t know.”

Enough With The 9/11 Terror Porn

My thoughts on today’s onslaught of footage and photos. 

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Full TV coverage for Paralympics, just not in US


LONDON (AP) — This year’s Paralympics are expected to draw their largest ever live television audience — except in the United States, where events will receive only minimal coverage and won’t be screened as they happen, prompting anger from some fans and campaigners.

While viewers in countries including Brazil, China, Britain and Australia will enjoy several hours of coverage per day, U.S. audiences must contend with 5 1/2 hours of programming — some of which will air only after the 11-day competition in London has concluded on Sept. 9.

That has left some equality campaigners complaining that Paralympic athletes, who include military veterans, aren’t being treated as the equal of their able-bodied teammates.

Several online petitions are seeking to persuade major U.S. networks to screen Paralympic sports, amid an apparent surge in interest fueled by high profile athletes like South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee known as the “Blade Runner” who also competed in the men’s 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the Olympics.

The International Paralympic Committee predicts that, adding together viewers on each of the 11 days of competition, the total audience figure for the London Paralympics will reach 4 billion.

It said that four years ago in Beijing, a total cumulated audience of around 3.8 billion in 80 countries watched the 2008 Paralympics — including a total of 1.4 billion viewings in China across 11 days, 670 million in Japan and 439 million in Germany. Calculating figures in that way means individual viewers are counted several times.

The London organizing committee said deals announced so far with about 90 global broadcasters will provide 10 million pounds ($16 million) in revenue, a record for the Paralympics. However, the figure is dwarfed by the scale of broadcasting rights for the Olympics — NBC alone paid $4.38 billion last year to extend its rights to show the Summer and Winter Games through 2020.

Alongside a predicted increase in interest from television audiences, demand for Paralympic tickets has also soared, with a record 2.2 million seats in London sold so far. About 8.8 million tickets were sold during the 17-day London Olympics.

“Our athletes are surprising, exciting and inspiring people and the interest is a reflection of that,” said Alexis Schaefer, the commercial and marketing director for the International Paralympic Committee.

In Britain, Channel 4 will show 150 hours of programming, and about 350 hours more online and across three temporary on-demand channels. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. will screen about 100 hours of coverage, showing events live each day on its main channels and offering a highlights show and on-demand Internet service.

However, many of global channels screening the Paralympics, including Japan’s NHK, China’s CCTV and the Korean Broadcasting Service, are public channels, without the same pressures to secure advertising as commercial networks. Others showing the competition are specialist cable sports channels, such as Brazil’s Globo — which has 11 million subscribers — or Italy’s Sky Italia, with 5 million paying customers.

NBC, which drew 31 million viewers with its coverage of the London Olympics closing ceremony, said it will screen a 90-minute roundup on Sept. 16 — a week after the Paralympics close. In addition, it will screen four 60-minute highlight programs on the NBC Sports Network — a cable channel it acquired in 2011 with 80 million subscribers.

“Four 60-minute segments and one 90-minute segment is embarrassing,” said Damon Herota, an IT consultant in Orlando, Florida, who has organized one of several petitions urging major networks to cover events live.

“The effect on people would be simply amazing and the barriers it would break down between able-bodied Americans and the disabled would be monumental,” said Herota, whose petition has so far attracted about 1,300 signatures.

NBC insists its coverage represents a major increase on previous years, up from the single 90-minute program it offered from the Beijing Paralympics. It also points out that the U.S. Olympic Committee, and not the network itself, controls broadcast rights to the Paralympics.

U.S. Olympic Committee spokeswoman Jeannine Hansen said public recognition of the Paralympics was “still in its infancy” in the United States, but added that viewers would have access to a combination of televised highlights and live online streams. She said the committee welcomed the fact NBC was increasing its coverage this year.

Ableism, speaking about disability, terms of profit, a lot happening here.

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It’s so freaky to think there are many, many societies layered on top of each other. You’ll read an article and realize that this article is for middle to upper class white americans. And that those articles always talk about “us”.

And then there are the articles about crime or poverty and those articles are about “them”.

Because the poor can’t possibly read.

The poor couldn’t possibly be watching.

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God bless a country like the United States of America where you can be easily called a “fucking terrorist” for simply being brown, for wearing a hijab, a turban, a saari, a shalwar kameez, for not looking conventionally American (read: White) but where a white man, after killing people from an already harassed minority, is still given the generous benefit of doubt as to whether he is a terrorist or not.

God bless America, really.

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We have a problem. Please read below to the end of the long ass post.


I’ll just quote Teen Voices’ website (http://www.teenvoices.com/:

Teen Voices need your help. Because of a recent decrease in funding, we’re at a crisis. We must raise $300,000 by August 1. Yes, it’s that bad.

For nearly 25 years, girls and young women in Boston and beyond have counted on Teen Voices to provide a positive, girl-friendly space to grow as writers and leaders. We are not going down without a fight.

You know us, and you know our work—our girl-generated magazine is the only publication of its kind. Thousands of girls around the globe count on Teen Voices to publish their work and offer honest, positive stories that address real issues in their lives.

The good news is our magazine and our afterschool program are stronger than ever. We’ve produced two excellent issues in the past year and over 225 online articles—including interviews with inspiring girls in action and powerful leading ladies like Donna Brazile, Jennifer Buffett, and Maria Hinojosa. We consistently have a waiting list for our afterschool and summer journalism program, and our Boston-based teens consistently show growth in perseverance, social efficacy, and acceptance of others.

With a strong and dedicated staff and an army of passionate teens and volunteers, we are poised to take Teen Voices to the next level in 2013, reaching many more girls worldwide. We have a vision to increase our web traffic tenfold and become the go-to place for smart girl media. We have plans—and even a grant!—to make teenvoices.com an interactive, smartphone-friendly forum for girls to amplify their voices.

It’s all within reach.

But right now, we need funds to get around this challenging corner and move our organization to a stronger future. With your help, Teen Voices can partner and transform to amplify the voices of girls. Whether you can afford $5, $50 or $5,000, every donation brings us closer.

You can send a safe and secure contribution through PayPal:

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Please forward this message to every person you know who believes that girls can change the world. And thank you for investing in the power of teen girls’ voices!

The Teen Voices team For updates on our campaign, like “Teen Voices Magazine” on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @teenvoices #notwithoutafight

To read our latest and greatest girl-generated media, visit www.teenvoices.com.
“So what?” You say. “Why should I care? It’s just a nonprofit in Boston.”
No, it’s not. I would know. I interned there. It was my first internship and in fact my first experience in any sort of feminist institution. I read just about every issue of Teen Voices—and that’s a lot of magazines—because I had to organize the archives. And those magazines were what eventually led to this blog.
Teen Voices was not “a feminist magazine”. It was a magazine by (primarily) young WOC in Boston during an after-school mentoring program. These girls were awesome. They were funny, kind, and the magazines they created cast light on issues that—if you have been reading this blog, you know—are invisible in popular media. Everything from trans* issues, suicide, surviving assault, foster family life, great restaurants run by women in Boston, interviews with CIBO MATTO (YES THE CIBO MATTO THAT DID “Know your Chicken” and “Birthday Cake”, it was in one of the old magazines, I told you Teen Voices is badass!!!1). At the back of the magazines was this awesome section where they took an advertisement from TV or a magazine and described in articulate terms just how it was objectifying a woman’s body or using sex to sell a product. Bam.

That was my first internship, and it was years ago, but I still have a couple of magazines on my shelf. They are evergreen. They’re filled with art people sent in, letters, advice, and positivity. There is no end of positivity in this awesome magazine.

TEEN VOICES NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE. Teen Voices’ slogan was “because you’re more than a pretty face” and now it’s “changing the world for girls through media” which fits what they do better.

I’m sounding like an infomercial now, but don’t take my word for it. Go to teenvoices.com right now, you’ll see what’s awesome about them. They recently interviewed a member of the Olympic Swimming Team in a great article. They have a review about a movie focusing on sexual assault in the military up right now, worth a look. Poetry, fiction, music reviews, art, photography—all by teen girls. You can read their magazine, which goes out to learning centers, schools, and many other institutions, online or in print if you donate for a subscription.



Thank you for reading this far. We now return to your scheduled programming where I call mean people bad words.

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It’s interesting how the media (and society as a whole) will do everything in their power to refrain from labeling white people as terrorists.

They can bomb abortion clinics.

They can stalk and kill doctors who provide abortions.

They can go into schools, loaded down with ammunition, shooting everyone they see.

They can go into a movie theater wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask and fire into the crowd killing 12 people and wounding 38 others.

They can do all of this, and yet they will never, ever be labeled a terrorist.

Just sit and think for a minute about how differently this story would be framed if the person who committed this crime wasn’t white.


On a different note, my thoughts go out to the families of those who were killed. I hope the people currently hospitalized pull through this.

They can form groups and organizations, recruit additional members, produce propaganda, aim at targeting government locations for destruction, government organizations for infiltration, produce uniforms, patches, symbology to show their affiliation with said group…

It really doesn’t matter what they do.  The only people they care about being terrorized are white people, and when white people kill, it’s an expectation, not a violation of their society so they never see it beyond the violence of the moment.

Terrorism is only when POC commit the same senseless violence white people do.

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