Posts tagged "journalism"

BuzzFeed Publishes Anti-Planned Parenthood Article Written By Personhood USA

BuzzFeed actually ran a “listicle” written anti-abortion group Personhood USA, “8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing,” which includes items like “Taking money to abort African-American babies.” What the fuck, BuzzFeed? How the hell did this get editorially greenlit? [BuzzFeed]
Domonique Newburn, 32, a transgender woman and the star of a web-based…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2013

The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

Last week, the controversial professor, feminist blogger and personal essayist Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog, in an interview with NYmag.com and again in LA Weekly that he was retiring his notorious public persona and quitting the internet for good (or— for the time being, he corrected himself some days later in yet another goodbye).

By: Melissa Petro / August 5, 2013

Men’s Magazines In UK Told To Cover Up Their Porny Covers With “Modesty Bags”

The British really aren’t into sex, huh? After their Prime Minister David Cameron went after internet porn last week, now The Co-operative Group, one of the largest magazine retailers in the UK, is demanding that “lads’ magazines” showing skimpily-clad cover models provide a modesty bag by September 9 to be sold in their stores.

By: Alyson Penn / August 1, 2013

CBS Now Doling Out Tips On How Not To Be “Pervy” While Ogling Women

CBS Miami actually did an article on the best places to watch hot women “without looking pervy.” (Note CBS’s original URL for the headline.) Shocking locations include the beach, bars and a casino. What a proud day for journalism. [Jezebel]
Meet Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the District of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

Granted, the UK’s Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna “surely invites rape [and] disrespect” by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it’s “fair” to “berate female stars” more than young male ones because “young wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2013

Wisconsin Newspaper Censors The Word ‘Vagina’ From “Vagina Monologues” Ad

A Wisconsin newspaper just made “The Vagina Monologues” a whole lot dirtier: changing the title to XXXXXXX. The Ashland Daily Press censored the word “vagina” in an ad for the upcoming production of the famous Eve Ensler play.  In the ad the word “vagina” was marked out repeatedly with Xs in order to obscure the word.  The…

By: Erica Boorstein / June 25, 2013

Not This Crap Again: CNN Says Nigella Lawson Looks “Weak,” “Subservient” Regarding Abuse Photos

It’s not exactly a secret that CNN needs some help covering violence against women issues correctly. Remember when the Steubenville gang rape verdict was handed out and CNN was sooo worried about the poor young men whose lives had been ruined?

Well, looks like they still need some help. In a clip where…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 18, 2013

Allure Publishes Zoe Saldana’s Weight On The Cover, For Some Reason

Allure has always been the fluffiest of beauty magazines, as if tailor-made for reading during a pedicure. The June 2013 cover with Zoe Saldana made an extremely odd editorial choice: it listed the actress’ weight on the cover. “Zoe Saldana, 115 Pounds of Grit And Heartache,” the cover line reads. What the fuck, Allure? I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

New York Times Needed Some Help Writing Headlines

The New York Times changed their online headline on this story from “sex charges” to “sexual assault charges” after getting slammed on Twitter. The piece was about the Morehouse student athletes who have been accused of sexual assault. [New York Times]
A young Afghani woman was shot dead in front of 300 people…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2013

Yes, Blackface Is Still Offensive, Vogue Netherlands

You might have been sitting at your desk at work wondering to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder if it’s a good idea now for fashion magazines to hire Caucasian fashion models and smear their faces in blackface paint.” I am here now to put your mind at ease. No, it’s still not a good idea.  You…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

The Soapbox: On The So-Called Bravery Of Immersion Journalism

“I will sleep rough, scrounge for my food, access all the services that other homeless individuals in the West End use. I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can.”

These are some of the last recorded words from Lee Halpin,…

By: Melissa Petro / April 12, 2013

Mila Kunis Talks JagerBombs, Football With Nervous BBC Reporter Chris Stark

Meet Chris Stark. Chris Stark is a BBC reporter who has never interviewed a celebrity before. The BBC asked Chris Stark to interview Mila Kunis about “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Chris Stark cannot play it cool in front of Mila Kunis to save his life. Mila Kunis is very nice about it. Very, very nice about…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2013

“Said To Lady Journos” Is My New Favorite Tumblr

Once upon a time, I was a spritely young newspaper reporter and got a very gross introduction to the way some men treat female journalists. My own dad would jokingly refer to me as the “girl reporter” and tell people my job was to run through the office yelling, “Stop the presses!” (It wasn’t.)  A…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2013

Conservative Writer Compares Ashley Judd To Todd Akin

Ashley Judd was compared to Todd Akin by conservative writer for The Daily Caller, Alex Pappas. Seriously?

Ashley Judd’s name has been floated around as possible Democratic candidate to run Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. But haters have already come out swinging, with a writer for conservative blog The Daily Caller…

By: Sarah Gray / February 27, 2013

Photographer Captures Man Beating His Girlfriend In Startling Photo Essay

This sent shivers down my spine.  A moving photo essay by the photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz on TIME magazine’s website follows a young couple’s relationship, culminating in the man beating his girlfriend. As she explains in a piece accompanying the piece, Lewkowicz originally meant to document Shane’s life as an ex-con. But it turned into something…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2013

The AP Is Weird About When Gay Couples Can Be Called “Husband” Or “Wife”

The Associated Press has clarified their journalistic standards on reporting about same-sex couples and they have some weird rules about when to refer to a partner as a “husband or wife.” According to a memo from the AP’s standards editor, which was reprinted by Romenesko, they will only do it if the word “husband”

By: Sarah Gray / February 17, 2013

Beliefnet Wouldn’t Allow Blogger To Use The Word “Feminist” On Her Blog, Anywhere

With no apparent sense of irony at all, the faith site Beliefnet allegedly hired a guest blogger who writes about feminist issues … and then told her she couldn’t use the word “feminist” anywhere in any of her blog posts.

Why? Because “feminist” is such an offputting word.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Former MTV VJ Dave Holmes Is Not Abusing Azealia Banks, Mmmkay?

Today In We Should Be Careful About Posting Other People’s Photos On The Internet Accusing Them Of Shit They May Not Have Actually Done:

Former MTV VJ Dave Holmes took to his Tumblr blog today to clear something up: he is not the Dave Holmes who is managing/dating Azealia Banks and allegedly tried…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2012

Bitch Magazine Kills Caitlin Moran Interview Over “Girls”/Race Tweet

If you haven’t fallen in love with Caitlin Moran, there is something wrong with your head. Earlier this year, the Times Of London columnist published a brilliant modern-day feminist screed called How To Be A Woman; I literally can’t keep it on my bookshelf for longer than five minutes before another girl friend wants to borrow it.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2012

How To Get On The Front Page Of UK Newspapers: Be A Male Writer Or One Of The Middleton Sisters

A British watchdog group called Women In Journalism has carried out a four-week study of UK newspapers and had these dismayingly sexist findings about who ends up on the front page:

Male writers
Photographs of Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, or missing child Madeline McCann

Hmm. Not very good options.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2012