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TV producer accused of racism, sexism May 8, 2007

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A Hollywood union has accused an executive producer of “Law & Order: SVU” of making racist and sexist remarks, claiming he often refers to Asian-Americans as “Chinamen.”

The Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) said it has complained to the show’s producer, NBC Universal Television, in three instances involving allegations against executive producer Ted Kotcheff over the past three years.

In the latest allegation, Kotcheff is accused of referring to a crew member as Stepin Fetchit, an old Hollywood stereotype denoting a servile, simple-minded black man.

The union said its attorneys notified NBC Universal brass in a letter dated April 7 that Kotcheff also told the crew member to “get your Caribbean ass out of here — go back to the Caribbean.”

The letter also claims Kotcheff “frequently refers to Asian Americans as ‘Chinamen’ and describes women in sexually derogatory and demeaning terms,” according to an IATSE press release distributed Wednesday.

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Africa: Despite Progress, Girls Subjected to Violence and Discrimination March 5, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, Africa sexism, AIDS, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, discrimination against girls, HIV, Millennium Development Goals, Sexism, sexism against women, Sexist, sexual violence, UN, United Nations, violence, violence against women.
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Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

“Despite progress, we continue to live in a world where millions of girls remain out of school, engaged in exploitative labor, are trafficked, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and are targets of sexual violence,” Veneman said in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8.

String the critical link between discrimination against girls and women and violence, Veneman drew attention to the sexual violence committed in armed conflict, trafficking, and practices such as honour killings, dowry crimes, early marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation.

“In too many countries and regions, the plight of girls is ignored or denied,” Veneman said. “This leaves girls to suffer in silence and has a devastating effect on the well-being of families and communities.”

Veneman said education is a key to addressing discrimination and violence against girls and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Educated girls are better equipped to protect themselves against life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, are more likely to give birth to healthy babies who will survive and grow into adulthood, tend to delay marriage, and are more likely to have fewer children.

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Ageism ‘most common’ discrimination February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in age concern, Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, disability discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, England, Gordon Lishman, North West, Sexism, Sexist, Taylor Nelson Sofres Ltd, University of Kent.
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MORE than a quarter of people in the North West have suffered age discrimination, a survey for Age Concern has revealed.

Some 26.9% of people questioned in the region said they had been the subject of ageism – more than any other form of discrimination.

The figure compares to just 9.1% who said they had suffered sexism, 6% who suffered racism and 6% who suffered disability discrimination.

Nationally, the survey showed that 56% of all discrimination against over 55s relates to ageism

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Joel Connelly: Sexism’s alive and well on the right January 23, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Fox News, gender discrimination, John Gibson, Sexism, Sexist.
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Even after the 2006 election sent several retired military officers to Congress, only four U.S. senators and nine House members either have served in Iraq or sent close kinfolk into harm’s way.

The best known is Sen. James Webb, D-Va., who has a son in Iraq. Webb was recently condemned by conservative pundit George Will for his brusque retort to President Bush’s jocular “How’s that boy of yours?” query at a post-election reception.

In Great Britain, in contrast to “the Colonies,” Queen Elizabeth II has sent a husband-to-be, a son and presently a grandson into harm’s way. Is Basra ready for Prince Harry?

A salient question — Who gets to sacrifice? — was on the mind of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., recently as she questioned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before a Senate hearing.

“Now the issue is who pays the price,” Boxer said. “Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young. You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.”

It was a striking moment, but not without precedent.

Reacting to escalation of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and again 34 years later in the Iraq war, former Sen. George McGovern said, “I am sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”

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Harvard professor: Department is bastion of sexism January 21, 2007

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A Harvard University professor who accused the school of gender discrimination has withdrawn her resignation, but said Thursday that the school’s landscape architecture department remains a bastion of sexism.Martha Schwartz, 56, complained that the department has never had a tenured female professor in its 106 years.

“I’m not pointing at any one person or any one thing, but this should have happened a long time ago,” Schwartz, who lives in London, said in a telephone interview.

Schwartz, who has taught at the university since 1992 while developing an international landscape architecture practice, submitted a letter of resignation last week.

“How can this lack of parity be allowed to exist in this day and age in any department within Harvard University, no matter how small the department may be?” she wrote in the letter to interim President Derek Bok.

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Store takes heat for selling violent and sexist ‘Problem Solved’ T-shirt January 14, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, gender discrimination, offensive, Sexism, Sexist, violence.
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A children’s T-shirt has aroused the ire of a local shopper.

The T-shirt depicts two panels of stick figures, with a male figure pushing a female figure out of a box. Captioned “Problem Solved,” the shirt has appalled people engaged in deterring domestic violence.

“I thought that shirt was very offensive, and I’m sure people who made that shirt thought it was cute,” District Attorney Evert Fowle said Friday. “But when you prosecute 728 domestic violence cases a year, it’s not cute.”

The shirt was removed briefly after a customer protested — but later returned to the shelves of the Augusta Kmart.

Earlier this week, Kristin Aiello of Hallowell told Kmart store manager Joyce Beane the message on the shirt was offensive.

“I see so much domestic abuse in our community,” said Aiello, a lawyer who frequently represents children involved in the court system. “I see children in jeopardy.”

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Man Argues “Ladies Night” is Sexist January 14, 2007

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DENVER — It may be a last call for Ladies Night.  A state civil rights agency is reportedly backing a man’s claims that he was discrimated against at a Denver night club hosting a “Ladies Night.”  Ladies Night — a promotion that often allows women in for free at clubs — is often used as a way to bring more men and women to the clubs on weekday nights that are less crowded.

But Steve Horner said it’s outright gender discrimination to which many government agencies have turned a blind eye.

“I think that’s what the modern-day feminist issue was all about — we’re equal,” Horner said.  He said equality became an issue for him when he said he was asked to pay a $5 entry fee at the Proof NiteClub while women were getting in free.”  I said, ‘This is discrimination.’ And he said, ‘Go ahead and file a complaint.’ And so I did,” Horner said.  Horner went to the state Department of Regulatory Services, Division of Civil Rights. Horner says he’s received a letter from the agency indicating that evidence of discrimination was found.

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Afghan women suffer daily violence December 27, 2006

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Afghan women’s rights groups acknowledge that women now have a variety of rights which they didn’t have under Taleban rule.

But in practice, they say, many of those rights are ignored.

And activists face intimidation, or worse.

In September, the head of the Women’s Affairs Ministry in the southern city of Kandahar, Safia Amajan, who’d criticised the Taleban’s treatment of women, was shot dead.

One of her former colleagues, who was too afraid to give her name, says since then activists have been staying home.

There are many opportunities to work here, she says.

There’s a lot to do, but there’s no security so women don’t want to leave their homes.

They think about what happened to Safia Amajan and they’re afraid the same thing will happen to them.

‘He beats me’

All Afghans are affected by worsening security. But for women, widespread domestic violence is an additional problem.

Afghan women

Women thought their lives would improve after the Taleban

 

“My husband beats me whenever he feels like it,” a young mother of three from Kabul told the BBC.

[Link] Read the rest of the article at BBC News

Editorial: Sexism in video games November 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, female, male, Sexism, Sexist, Women.
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“The portrayal of women in video games is disgusting.”

That’s a quotation I’ve heard many times, from both men and women alike. The truth is that they have a point. Most of the time, female avatars are portrayed with large breasts, small waistlines and finely toned bodies all around. Commonly, the blame for this is put on the fact that “sex sells” and game development is a male dominated industry.

The theory is that the perception of a predominantly male audience wants to see gorgeous female toons when they’re playing a game. That’s why, so it’s said, that the game’s developers create unrealistic, fantasy women to populate their worlds. Let’s face it, when’s the last time you were playing a game and came across a female toon that was anything less than “ideal” unless it was a plot point?

Video games certainly aren’t a new addition to this pop-culture phenomenon. Look anywhere: television, magazines, billboards, etc. They all show us unrealistic representations that really can and do cause real women, young and old, to feel inferior and imperfect in society. This can lead to feelings of depression, eating disorders and any number of other things.

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Network Ten denies sex, age discrimination November 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist.
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Australia-Ms Spicer, 39, has been told she is no longer wanted by Ten after 14 years as a national newsreader, and after returning to work last month following the birth of her second child.

She served Ten with a 10-page letter of demand yesterday, alleging breaches of the federal Sex Discrimination Act and the Trade Practices Act.

In a statement today, Ten said reports her contract was not renewed because of age or sex discrimination were simply untrue.

“Ten does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion or sexual preference,” it said.

“Ten employs more female news presenters than any other Australian commercial television network, with at least one female news presenter in every bulletin in every state.

“Ten also has more women in key editorial and news management roles.”

Ten said Ms Spicer’s sacking, after months of discussions, was “related to continued restructuring within Ten’s news division and associated cost efficiencies”.

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Korean Dubbing Puts Sexism in Hollywood Mouths November 20, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist, woman, Women.
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The man uses less respectful forms of Korean, while the woman always uses the highest forms. Men in senior positions talk down to almost everyone they come in contact with, but women, regardless of their standing, always use honorifics. They even address villains reverentially when everyone else is allowed to scowl. In short, Korean dubbing of foreign movies is as sexist as ever — or so says a survey of English-language movies dubbed into Korean and broadcast on MBC, SBS, KBS1 and KBS2 between Sept. 9 and Oct. 29, conducted by Korean Womenlink.

The study found three major problems. First, there is a gender imbalance in the language used by couples in love. Second, the use of honorific forms that determine the role of speakers in Korean is applied differently between men and women. Third, men address women in movies by using the directive “ha-o” suffix, while women use the “haeyo” ending, which is more respectful and has the ring of a solicitation.

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Female lawyer sues firm for discrimination November 15, 2006

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A Pittsburgh lawyer has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against her firm.

Alyson Kirleis, a shareholder with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, filed the claim last week in U.S. District Court, alleging that the firm is a hostile environment for female attorneys.

As part of her allegations, Ms. Kirleis claims she is not being paid the same as similarly situated men in the firm and that there is a separate and lower employment track for female lawyers with children, or who have taken maternity leave.

She also claims that in February 2004, Wilbur McCoy Otto, the firm’s chairman of the board, told her that her priorities weren’t straight and that she didn’t spend enough time with her husband and children.

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Spain Fights Against Sexism With “Gender Bender” Road Signs? November 13, 2006

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Spanish feminists rejoice, your traffic signs are going co-ed! In an effort to fight sexism, the town council of Fuenlabrada has decreed that half of all signs in the Madrid suburb must have female silhouettes. What makes silhouettes female, you ask?

Why they’re the ones with cute pony tails and ribbons, wearing skirts instead of pants (since girls don’t have short hair and never wear slacks, silly!).

The effort to battle “machismo” by enforcing stereotypical gender imagery is the brainchild of the ruling Socialist and United Left parties who have also added a clause to civil marriage contracts requiring men and women to share the housework and childcare (does this include breastfeeding?) .

As far as the street signs go, about the best thing you can say is that perhaps now male motorists will actually start paying attention to them for a change.

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Frat Boys Who Made Racist Comments In ‘Borat’ Sue November 11, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Lawsuit, minorities, Racism, Racist, Sexism, Sexist.
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PDF: Actual Lawsuit Documents

    The joke was on two unsuspecting fraternity boys who thought they were being interviewed by a Kazakh reporter named Borat and made racist and sexist comments on camera.

    But now that they’ve learned their encounter would appear in the No. 1 movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” they’re not laughing anymore. A lawsuit filed Thursday on their behalf claims they were duped into appearing in the spoof documentary and “engaged in behavior that they otherwise would not have engaged in.” “Borat” follows the adventures of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s Kazakh journalist character in a blend of fiction and improvised comic encounters as he travels across the United States and mocks Americans. The plaintiffs were not named in the lawsuit “to protect themselves from any additional and unnecessary embarrassment.” They were identified in the movie as fraternity members from a South Carolina university, and appeared drunk as they made insulting comments about women and minorities to Cohen’s character. The lawsuit claims that in October 2005, a production crew took the students to a bar to drink and “loosen up” before participating in what they were told would be a documentary to be shown outside of the United States.

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    Borat film banned in Russia because of offensiveness to ethnic groups and religions November 10, 2006

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    The film stars British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as a spoof reporter on a trip to the US. A senior official at Russia’s culture ministry has told the BBC it will not provide a distribution licence. The film has been described as a “mockumentary” which follows Mr Cohen’s journey across the US.

    On the way, he has a series of real-life encounters with unsuspecting Americans in which he makes the most outrageous, sexist, racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic comments.

    ‘Not amused’

    It has proved to be a big hit in the US and Europe, where it opened last weekend. Some reviewers have described it as “hysterical” and “the funniest film of the year”. But there are others – not least the government of Kazakhstan – who say it is deeply offensive.

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    Tories deny sexism after female hopefuls rejected November 10, 2006

    Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, female, Sexism, Sexist, woman, Women.
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    THE Conservative Party in Budleigh has defended its selection process after two male political novices were chosen to stand at next year’s district elections over two more experienced female candidates.

    Each district ward has three members to represent it, and last Thursday evening Budleigh’s Conservative branch underwent a selection process to determine who would represent them in the Budleigh ward.

    Of the six applicants – two female and four male – the three chosen were all male. They are sitting councillor and East Devon District Council portfolio holder for the environment Ray Franklin and two with no political experience – Malcolm Florey, former head of Biction College, and local businessman Steve Hall.

    One of the two unsuccessful female candidates was a sitting Independent councillor since 2003, Lesley Roden, who had expressed a wish to cross the floor to the Conservative Party last summer.

    The other candidate was Caz Sismore-Hunt, a Budleigh town councillor for 12 years and former town mayor.

    Mrs Sismore-Hunt said: “I’m obviously disappointed that I didn’t get selected. It is curious that not a single woman has been selected to stand for the Conservative Party in the Budleigh Ward for 16 years.”

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    Blog Entry: Is Borat racist? November 6, 2006

    Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-Semitism, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Jewish, Racism, Sexist.
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    Like most of the other people who have been swept up in the avalanche of hype surrounding it, I am really looking forward to Sasha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie. Or, to give it its magnificent full title, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan. But one thing has troubled me as I’ve visited his hilarious website and read the enormous number of news stories with no real point other than to Make Benefit Glorious Box Office Of Borat Film. I’m starting to suspect that Borat’s appeal is more than a little bit racist. Oh, I know, what a brow-wringingly politically correct objection to make. Where’s my sense of humour? It’s a joke. It’s satire. And so on.

    But I think it’s problematic. It’s just that Baron Cohen is mocking an ethnic group whose feelings we don’t particularly care about. We’re used to the perception of Eastern Europe as being dour and backwards – we were fed it throughout the Cold War. Very few people have travelled there – I certainly haven’t. The Working Dog team’s excellent Molvania book also spun comedy gold out of the same vodka-soaked stereotypes.

    The Kazakh government hasn’t exactly helped the country’s image with its bumbling overreaction. Rather than laughing along and then saying “that’s funny, but of course, Kazakhstan is actually nothing like that”, their actions in banning Borat from their internet space and criticising him have only made themselves look bad and given him free publicity. And the plan to release an alternative film based on Kazakh national hero Mansur, an 18th century warrior, isn’t exactly going to make the country look all 21st century and groovy.

    Let’s just imagine we weren’t talking about Kazakhstan here. Let’s say someone instead had invented a comedic character called Reuben, who went around in Orthodox dress trying to screw people out of their money, drinking the blood of Christian babies (a particularly insidious myth, that one) and trying to take over the world through some kind of vast global finance conspiracy. He’d speak in a hilarious parody Yiddish accent, say “Oy vey” a lot, and otherwise make himself the fool in a way that gave non-Jews a sense of smug superiority. You can imagine the outrage a comedy character like that would create. And I certainly can’t i imagine anyone eagerly awaiting the film. But isn’t that exactly what Borat is, for Eastern Europe?

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    Male chauvinism has a secret source: it’s women October 28, 2006

    Posted by C.A.R.D in Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist, stereotype, woman, Women.
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    People have been doing a lot of talking about sexism in light of elections coming up where people have said this or that candidate is sexist or that a comment someone made was sexist. So, when I ask people what they mean by sexist, for the most part they define it as “the patriarchy stereotyping women and holding them back.” Fine – patriarchy, at some points, holds people back. I get it.

    But something new is happening. I feel, as hard as the genders have fought to gain equality, sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. We fight so hard against discrimination by The Man – and yet, we put each other down.

    Girls say things about other girls that would be unacceptable for a guy to say about a girl. Girls criticize each other on things that a lot of guys don’t even notice – hair, weight, clothes, sexual practices and groups they belong to. How can one rant about men objectifying women when one may have done that very same thing within the past week?

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    Sexism at School: Boys told no standing to urinate October 5, 2006

    Posted by C.A.R.D in Boys, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, School, Sexism, Sexist.
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    It’s an entirely new definition of “Standing Room Only.” Or perhaps a new measure of “equality” has arrived.

    Whatever it is, it has sparked a huge political debate at a school in Kristiansand, Norway, according to the Norwegian paper Fædrelandsvennen.

    The trigger for the explosion of opinion? A decision in the local district that schoolboys must sit on toilet seats when urinating, not stand.

    According to the news report, the rule was announced for boys at Dvergsnes School, prompting outrage from Vidar Kleppe, the chief of The Democrats Party.

    He’s accusing the school of “fiddling with God’s work,” and now he wants the issue discussed at the executive committee level of the area council, according to the newspaper “Dagbladet.”

    “When boys are not allowed to pee in the natural way, the way boys have done for generations, it is meddling with God’s work,” Kleppe, whose group is a splinter group of former Progress Party hardliners, said in the newspaper.

    “It is a human right not to have to sit down like a girl,” he said.

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    The New Gender War October 3, 2006

    Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, female, gender, male, Sexism, Sexist, TV.
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    Feminism has drawn attention to and fought against stereotypical and sexist portrayals of women in mass media, but new research shows that media portrayals of gender have largely done an about face in the past decade or so. There is a new “gender war” and the main target of discrimination is no longer women, according to research – it is men.

    Gender studies have claimed that mass media portrayals and images are key influences that both reflect and shape society’s views of women and women’s self-identity. As well as attacking obvious sexist media portrayals such as page three girls and “girlie” magazines, feminists have challenged objectification, marginalisation, trivialisation and other negative portrayals of women in movies, advertising, TV drama and other media content. Their argument that such portrayals are damaging have won support from legislators and from many media professionals including film makers, advertising producers and editors.

    Research shows that, while sexism against women remains, representations of women have evolved with less stereotypical portrayals and more women shown in heroic, successful, independent and sexually liberated roles such as in Buffy and the Vampire Slayer, Sex and the City and even in aggressive roles such as Kill Bill.

    A 1995-96 study reported in a 2002 book, Media, Gender and Identity by media researcher David Gauntlett, found 43 per cent of major characters in TV shows were women – up from 18 per cent in 1992-93. The study reported that, on a character-by-character basis, females and males were equal in all criteria studied. Analysis of newspapers and magazines also has found portrayals of women improving – albeit there is still a way to go in some areas according to feminist scholars.

    Until recently, gender theorists and media researchers have argued or assumed that media representations of men are predominantly positive, or at least unproblematic. Men have allegedly been shown in mass media as powerful, dominant, heroic, successful, respected, independent and in other positive ways conducive to men and boys maintaining a healthy self-identity and self-esteem.

    However, this view has come under challenge over the past few years. John Beynon, a Welsh cultural studies academic, examined how masculinity was portrayed in the British quality press including The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times over a three-year period from 1999-2001 and in books such as Susan Faludi’s 2000 best-seller Stiffed: The Betrayal of Modern Man. Beynon concluded in his 2002 book, Masculinities and Culture, that men and masculinity were overwhelmingly presented negatively and as “something dangerous to be contained, attacked, denigrated or ridiculed, little else”.

    Canadian authors, Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young in a controversial 2001 book, Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture reported widespread examples of “laughing at men, looking down on men, blaming men, de-humanising men, and demonising men” in modern mass media. They concluded: “… the worldview of our society has become increasingly both gynocentric (focused on the needs and problems of women) and misandric (focused on the evils and inadequacies of men)”.

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