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Media Research: Feminist Media Criticism Archive

All research and articles listed below were written by Executive Director Jennifer L. Pozner prior to founding WIMN. Some are available only in print or in online news databases and are listed here for research purposes. If you do not have access to Nexis or other digital research services, WIMN may be able to provide copies. Please contact us if you need assistance.

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Categories include: Media and Women/Gender | Media and Race | Media and LGBT People | Media and Commercialism | Media and Education


Media and Women/Gender

» Women in the Media Industry

• "Power Shortage for Media Women: Studies document absence from influential roles," Extra!, July/Aug 2001

Gender Gap at the National Press Club, Action Alert, Aug. 21, 2000

• "Women Have Not Taken Over the News: TV Guide should look at the numbers before they cheer journalistic gender parity," Extra!, Jan/Feb 2000

» Media, Women and Politics

• "Cosmetic Coverage: Media obsessed with cutting political women down to size," Extra! and AlterNet.org, March 2001

• "Election 2000: What's In It for Us? Behind the hype and fluff, women's votes — not our rights — are key on the campaign trail," Women's Review of Books, July 2000 and Colorado Woman News, Aug 31, 2000

• "Why Does Larry King Think Hillary Clinton's Hair, Legs, Smile and Figure are 'News'?" June 14, 1999

• "'If your legs are too short, how do you evolve?', and Other Deep Thoughts from This Month in Media, Sojourner The Women's Forum, July 1999

» Media, Women and Economics/Work

• "For Love or Money?: Economics takes a backseat in network reports about working mothers," Extra!, Jan/Feb 2001

• "One Giant Step for a Woman, One Small Step for Womankind" and "Why Reporters Talk to White Guys In Suits," Feminista.com, Volume 3, No. 9

• "Poverty kills babies, businesswomen flirt their way to the top, and Darwin made them write their book: Media Watch exposes three top media blunders so far this year," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, Spring 2000

• "Wall Street Journal claims sex is secret of young businesswomen’s success," FAIR Action Alert, Feb. 16, 2000

• "What the Independent Women's Forum Didn't Tell Us: Why Complexity Eludes Danielle Crittenden," Sojourner The Women's Forum, March 1999

• "Is early marriage the best choice for American women? No: This one-size-fits-all prescription ignores individual goals, dreams and pocketbooks," [a debate between Jennifer L. Pozner and antifeminist author Danielle Crittenden] Insight on the News, Feb. 22, 1999

» Media and Reproductive Rights

• "Media Ignores Gag Rule’s Harm to Free Speech," Women's eNews, May 23, 2001

• "Bush Dupes Media with Abortion Disinformation," Extra! and AlterNet.org, May 2001

• "Pro-Choice Not Networks’ Choice: Abortion rights ads deemed too 'controversial' for TV," Extra!, Sept/Oct 2000

• "Viagra, A Tale of Two Pills: Media coverage of Birth Control verses Impotency Drug," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, July 1998

» Media and Violence Against Women

• "Dateline NBC Exploits Central Park Victims," Extra!, Sept/Oct 2000

• "Dateline NBC Exploits Central Park Victims," FAIR Action Alert, June 23, 2000

• "In Rape Debate, Controversy Trumps Credibility: 'Natural' sexual assault theory 'irresistible' to profit-driven media, Extra!, May/June 2000

• "Not All Domestic Violence Stories are Created Equal: Researchers are 'advocates' or 'pioneers' — depending on what they find," Extra!, Nov/Dec 1999

• "I'd Take them Out With Sex: Journalists Trivialize Howard Stern’s Advocacy of Rape as 'Insensitivity'," Extra!, July/Aug 1999; extended/revised article on this theme published in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, June 1999

• "Jonesboro: Sexism Kills Girls," Sojourner: The Women's Forum, May 1998

» Media attacks on feminism/women's rights

• "As Sojourner turns 25, feminist journalists face serious challenges - even on progressive radio outlets," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, anniversary issue

• "Rescue me from Maureen Dowd, US News & World Report, and Al Gore's campaign strategists," Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Summer 2000

• "Rally 'Round the Boys: PBS’s National Desk enlists in the 'Gender Wars'," Extra!, Sept/Oct 1999

• "'Love’s Vicious Cycle,' and Other Deep Thoughts from This Month in Media," Sojourner The Women’s Forum, August 1999

• "False Feminist Death Syndrome and Feminist Resurrection," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, August 1998

• "And the Whopper Goes To...: Awards for Scandalous Times," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, March 1998

• "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and NBC is Full of S**t," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, December 1997

• "Female Anti-Feminism for Fame and Profit," essay in the anthology Uncovering the Right on Campus, published by the Center for Campus Organizing, 1997

» Representations of Women in Entertainment Media/Pop Culture

• "Censors Set Sights on Feminist Musicians," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, September 2001

• "Hate Radio Makes A Comeback," FAIR Action Alert, Sept. 3, 1999

• "And the Category Is … Simpering Wimps for 1,000!" Sojourner: The Women's Forum, September 1998, available via Nexis.com

• "Makes Me Wanna Grrrowl: Spice Girls' pre-packaged power speak reduces feminism to skintight soundbites," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, April 1998

• "For All the TV Girls I’ve Loved Before," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, January, 1998

• "Thwack! Pow! Yikes! Not Your Mother's Heroines," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, October 1997

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Media and Race

• "This Isn't Discrimination, This Is Necessary," contributed research and writing to this non-bylined article in Extra!, Nov/Dec 2001

Allegations of voting rights violations need investigation, FAIR Action Alert, Nov. 17, 2000

• "'It's Good to be a White Boy from Connecticut,' and other Whopper Awards from the Fall TV Line-up, Part II, Sojourner: The Women's Forum, January 2000

• "'It's Never Too Late for a Minstrel Show,' and other Whopper Awards for the Fall TV Line-up, Part I," Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, December 1999

• "What’s So Noble About Hypocrisy? What’s Not Bad About Hate? And, Hate Radio Makes a Comeback," Sojourner: The Women's Forum, November 1999

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Media and LGBT People

• "The Truth Comes Out: Why hasn't the media ripped the roof off the 'ex-gay' cottage industry?" Sojourner: The Women's Forum, December 2000

• "Controversy, Not Credibility: A study of 'gay change' with the results media were looking for," Extra!, Sept/Oct 2001, also reprinted on AlterNet.org, Oct. 10, 2001

• "And now, introducing: The Bigots Formerly Known as Gay (Part 1)," and Part 2, Sojourner: The Women's Forum, October 1998 and November, 1998; reprinted on Feminista.com

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Media and Commericalism

• "You’re Soaking In It: Ad critic Jean Kilbourne rips into 'toxic' marketing aimed at women," interview by Jennifer L. Pozner, Salon.com, Jan. 30, 2001

• "CBS News Doctors Images to Insert Ads," Jan. 20, 2000

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Media and Education

• "Male Friendly," Extra!, Nov/Dec 2000

• "Are Sexual Assault and Alcohol Abuse Good for Men's Health?" FAIR Action Alert, Sept. 15, 2000

• "PBS's National Desk: Public Broadcasting Gone Wrong?" Extra!, July/Aug 2000

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