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Stop Calling L’Wren Scott “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:

L’Wren Scott was found dead this morning in a New York City hotel room, in what was apparently a suicide. Clearly, this is an awful situation, and one that we’ll no doubt hear more about in due course. But in the meantime, there’s something singularly depressing about the way that Scott’s death has been reported thus far — because to the news outlets of the world, apparently the most important thing about her wasn’t her successful career as a stylist and designer, or even her name. No, it’s that she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.

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“I’m a Fucking Indian Woman Who Has Her Own Fucking Show”: Mindy Kaling Fires Back at “Insulting” Diversity Complaints

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:

AUSTIN, TX: When the question came, you could feel the room get just a little tense. The mood thus far had been jovial at “Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy,” a Marie Claire -sponsored panel discussion of The Mindy Project , spotlighting the show’s creator/runner/star Mindy Kaling, and the topics were fairly innocuous (her writing process, her next book, the recent Mindy/Danny cliffhanger). But when the time came to field questions from the mostly female audience, one woman posed this query: “You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?”

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Hey TV: Stop Raping Women

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[ew_image url=" http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2014/02/27/scandal-young.jpg " credit="ABC" align="left"]They’re scenes all too familiar to any TV viewer: A woman is shoved down, she screams or sobs, her eyes grow wide and then blank as she wills herself anywhere else in the world. Lately the small screen has felt particularly thick with such moments of sexual horror, as writers have been churning out story lines in which our saints, our heroines, and our hard and cruel women too, are raped or forced to relive their nightmare of it. Try to imagine a singular abuse endured by an equivalent number of male characters. And yet it seems whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape.

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International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to start with an International example of complete and utter bullshit.

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Jenny Collier, a comedian in the UK received this email on IWD of all days. Blogger Red Mister delved a little deeper to find who was actually performing on the night in question– eight men and one woman. Apparently having two female comedians would break the space time continuum or whatever. 

For every stride we make, the overwhelming majority of the world still clings to oppressive patriarchal prejudice. A recent comprehensive report on the Status of Women in the US Media 2013 highlights the actual statistics on the ‘progress’ we’ve made.

  • By a nearly 3 to 1 margin, male front-page bylines at top newspapers outnumbered female bylines in coverage of the 2012 presidential election. Men were also far more likely to be quoted than women in newspapers, television and public radio.Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 10.02.29 PM
  • On Sunday TV talk shows, women comprised only 14 percent of those interviewed and 29 percent of roundtable guests.
  • Talk radio and sports talk radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.
  • As newspaper employment continues to tumble, so does the number of women in key jobs.
  • Newer, online-only news sites have fallen into the same rut as legacy media. Male bylines outnumbered female bylines at four of six sites reviewed.
  • The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30 percent for the first time. Overall employment of women in TV news remains flat.
  • Obituaries about men far outnumber those of women in top national and regional newspapers.
  • Women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 10.07.45 PM
  • Women comprised 39 percent of documentary directors whose work appeared at major festivals in 2012-13.
  • Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. However, as the prestige of the producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased.Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 10.08.34 PM
  • Forty-seven percent of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male
  • Even in coverage of issues of great importance to women, men dominated the conversations.Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 10.03.22 PM

In another grim prediction by University of Denver’s Women’s College, women are projected to reach equal footing in leadership with men… in the year 2085.

Clearly we still have a long way to go. Basically, it’ll be at least another 100 years before we see any real, concrete change in our culture. But, instead of being grim on this International Women’s Day, we just have to keep pushing for change. Call out the assholes who bump us for lacking Y chromosomes, and slowly but surely shifting those statistics so that the blue and pink columns are level.

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Sources:

Venue Cancels Female Comedian Jenny Collier Because There Are ‘Too Many Women On The Bill’

Red Mister: One Female Too Far…

Women’s Rights News

Women’s Media Center

Women won’t reach leadership parity with men until 2085, DU study finds

Getty Presents: Lean In, a powerful depiction of women

Sheryl Sandberg and Co. want us to start viewing women more positively. A lot of which starts with literally just seeing images of them as empowered, and not as neurotic, bitchy, housewife, corporate, skank hybrids. Partnering with Getty Images, they’ve introduced a collection of stock photos to use in lieu of said psycho female tropes. From the Getty website:

We are proud to present the Lean In Collection, a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them. Jointly curated by Getty Images and LeanIn.Org – the women’s empowerment nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg – the collection features over 2,500 images of female leadership in contemporary work and life.

A portion of proceeds from the Lean In Collection will go toward the creation of Getty Images grants for images showcasing female empowerment and to supporting the mission of LeanIn.Org.

These are some of the new stock photos you can look forward to seeing online.

Sources:

44 Stock Photos That Hope to Change The Way We Look At Women

Getty Images: Lean In

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