Re-Thinking Halloween

Last week, while browsing Walgreen’s pharmacy, I happened upon the Halloween section and spent some time looking around at what costumes were available for my children (both under two).Like in so many other areas of society, the options were extremely limiting. The girl’s outfits were almost all centered on beauty and sexuality, while the boys were either professional (i.e. doctor) or violent (a majority of the boy’s outfits included some kind of weapon)....more

On Mentoring and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

Today in Southern California, I join hundreds of successful, influential, and prominent female leaders for FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit. Among those attending include Arianna Huffington, Billie Jean King, Sheryl Sandberg, Glenn Close, and Somaly Mam. We are also screening Miss Representation as part of the week’s programming....more

Jackson Katz: Male Characters in Hollywood

This week, as we reflect on the first wave of Fall television premieres, it’s hard not to notice the disparity between representations of female characters and those of their male counterparts. Despite a number of new shows featuring female protagonists, the depiction of these women is, for the most part, sticking to tired old tropes....more
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Gloria Steinem for Miss Representation: What's New Is Old

Last night HBO premiered a new documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words, on the life of visionary feminist leader Gloria Steinem. To celebrate the film and Gloria herself, we thought we'd share this clip from the set of Miss Representation....more

The Joke's On Us: 5 Reasons to Not Watch Jersey Shore

This week's guest blog is by Kathryn Doorey, an editorial intern with"Nicole was all about liquor and partying and ass in the air and it was like she doesn't have respect for herself." - Mike"The best way of getting back at a girl is to have sex with her."  - Vinny"Sam and Ron were so reckless towards each other, I'm surprised no one ended up in the hospital or arrested." - Jenny...more

A Change of Heart: The Real Housewives Can Do Real Damage

This week's guest blog was written by Yashar Ali, an LA based commentator......more

Zappos' New Ads Dehumanize Women

This is a guest blog from Imran Siddiquee, Social Media and Communications Manager at just posted an official blog in support of the Zappos petition. Check it out! ...more

Wake Up Call: 12 year-olds Charged With Attempt to Rape

Recently, in Redwood City, CA, five teenage boys were charged with the intent to commit rape on two of their female classmates during a school field trip. Everyone involved was between the ages of 12 and 14. What are we communicating to our boys that makes any of them think that violence towards women is OK?...more

I used to like Rihanna, but I was absolutely horrified to listen to her song S&M:
"Cause I ...more

Let's Hold the Media Accountable in 2012

As you've probably heard, Michelle Bachmann announced on Monday that she would be running for the office of President in 2012. Bachmann is now the first 2012 female candidate to announce her candidacy, but there may very well be more in the coming months. This is a crucial moment in our history to change the way media represents women....more

Now Is Not the Time to Judge Huma

I just read this article in Vanity Fair where writer Emma Gilbey Keller offers Huma Abedin, wife of now-infamous U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, some advice as she deals with the fall-out of his Twitter scandal. The piece has been generating a lot of buzz on the Internet today so I thought I'd share my own perspective, that of a working mom with her second child literally a day or two away:...more

Whatever she decides to do will be important, because she has chosen a public life with a public ...more