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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:01 PM

"Women's groups condemn use of 'harmful' stereotypes in media"

These women raised many other issues, but due to the four-paragraph limit I had to pick just one to highlight for this excerpt. This part of the coverage stood out for me, due to the recent incident wherein a young teenager received an avalanche of horribly misogynist and violent comments after posting a picture of herself holding a book, and also the attempt to address this issue last year.

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/womens-groups-condemn-sexualised-images-leveson/s2/a547605/

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In her evidence to the inquiry Harvey also said women can also face problems when joining in debate online on topics relating to public policy, where she said they can face "very sexist and gendered abuse".

"Women and men recognised that was about resenting women's right to comment on public matters. If she's talking about cupcakes and children that might be okay."

As a result "women's voices and issues are being silenced", she added.

"The way the media covers women at the moment ... it actually curtails and limits women's freedom of expression and women's ability to actually engage in that public debate.

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more media coverage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16704575

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9035880/Leveson-inquiry-newspapers-should-abide-by-TV-watershed-standards.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/24/leveson-inquiry-sexist-media-stereotypes?newsfeed=true

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Reply "Women's groups condemn use of 'harmful' stereotypes in media" (Original post)
redqueen Jan 2012 OP
JustAnotherGen Jan 2012 #1
redqueen Jan 2012 #18
AngryAmish Jan 2012 #2
redqueen Jan 2012 #19
AngryAmish Jan 2012 #24
redqueen Jan 2012 #26
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #3
redqueen Jan 2012 #20
MuseRider Jan 2012 #4
redqueen Jan 2012 #21
TheMastersNemesis Jan 2012 #5
Nuclear Unicorn Jan 2012 #6
Zalatix Jan 2012 #7
Nuclear Unicorn Jan 2012 #13
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #32
Hugabear Jan 2012 #67
seabeyond Jan 2012 #69
Hugabear Jan 2012 #70
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #72
seabeyond Jan 2012 #10
dawg Jan 2012 #11
seabeyond Jan 2012 #15
Nuclear Unicorn Jan 2012 #14
seabeyond Jan 2012 #16
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #42
seabeyond Jan 2012 #44
seabeyond Jan 2012 #76
redqueen Jan 2012 #9
Bunny Jan 2012 #25
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #33
redqueen Jan 2012 #34
Remember Me Jan 2012 #41
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #43
seabeyond Jan 2012 #45
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #46
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #47
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #50
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #48
Sera_Bellum Jan 2012 #53
seabeyond Jan 2012 #56
redqueen Jan 2012 #55
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #59
redqueen Jan 2012 #61
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #62
redqueen Jan 2012 #64
seabeyond Jan 2012 #66
redqueen Jan 2012 #68
seabeyond Jan 2012 #65
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #49
redqueen Jan 2012 #51
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #54
redqueen Jan 2012 #57
Feldspar Jan 2012 #58
Feldspar Jan 2012 #60
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #63
Feldspar Jan 2012 #71
mistertrickster Jan 2012 #73
Feldspar Jan 2012 #74
seabeyond Jan 2012 #75
dawg Jan 2012 #8
seabeyond Jan 2012 #12
MineralMan Jan 2012 #17
redqueen Jan 2012 #22
riderinthestorm Jan 2012 #23
redqueen Jan 2012 #27
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2012 #28
redqueen Jan 2012 #29
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2012 #31
redqueen Jan 2012 #35
Nuclear Unicorn Jan 2012 #52
Zalatix Jan 2012 #36
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2012 #37
Zalatix Jan 2012 #38
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2012 #39
Blue_Tires Jan 2012 #30
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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:16 PM

1. Rec

and bookmark. Can't wait to get home and sit down and absorb the links. Thanks!

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:08 PM

18. My pleasure!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:25 PM

2. Discussion of the topic is needed, but a censorship regime in the US has obvious flaws

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:09 PM

19. Censorship regime?

That's like calling regulations tyranny, IMO. These women are asking for respectful treatment and fairness. That's it.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:23 PM

24. In the article it calls for a government board to determine what is appropriate content for newspape

rs. Trying to get rid of Page 3 and the ilk. In the US that can't be done because of the 1st Amendment. If a government board is determining what you can and can't publish that is the textbook definition of censorship.

About the on-line stuff we are in agreement but enforcing that sort of thing again runs into problems when the government is doing it.

on edit: I reread all this and it seems that I missed your point entirely. I'm gonna leave it up so everyone can see my ignorance. Cheers.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:30 PM

26. We don't have soft porn in newspapers

so that really isn't something we'd need to worry about.

We tend to self censor as society's values evolve. We've come a long way on messages that promote racism, but not so far on sexism.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:27 PM

3. +1

 

keep 'em coming redqueen.

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:09 PM

20. Oh...

you know I will.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:27 PM

4. Bookmarked to read later.

Thanks. Should be interesting. Kick

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:10 PM

21. My pleasure of course...

these issues don't seem to get quite as much attention on this side of the pond, sadly.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:28 PM

5. Knowing Ones Place

To conservatives and GOP types and particularly to the Evilangelists it is ok to speak as long as you tow "their" line. Speak out for equality or women's rights and you are fair game. The GOP hate machine is aimed at more than just liberals, homosexuals, transgenders, labor, unions, Democrats etc. The hate and vitriol is directly aimed at women with a particular vengeance. All women are to these miscreants is "reproductive machines" who must stay at home. They live in the same universe as the Taliban or radical Islamists.

Women must fight back against this march to the middle ages.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:37 PM

6. Not just the RW

Try stating that you're not a fan of rape-themed porn here on DU and see how quickly a lady gets ordered back to the kitchen so the men-folk can talk. Pardon the pun but maybe we need to clean our own house first -- and the men are free to share the chores.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:39 PM

7. Please show where this has ever happened.

 

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:55 PM

13. There was quite a long thread at the old DU site

And while I defended a woman's right to work in adult films I suggested that perhaps we needed a culture shift -- not government censorship -- to tell that audience that rape should not be entertainment. Apparently my sins in this are unforgiveable.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:20 PM

32. Not only DU2

 

It is also here at 3. Almost ANY thread topics pertaining to women, rape, violence against women or similar ultimately is sprinkled with dudes or male identified women who claims,"not my Nigel" or the ubiquitous "what about the men"? let us also not forget the man-splainin' going on (basically everywhere).

'Now listen up lady, I'll tell ya all about how you should feel'. They don't even realize they do it most of the time. Pitiful really.

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #32)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:13 PM

67. I may regret stepping into this, but...

If there is a thread pertaining to rape, is it wrong or sexist to bring up the ongoing problem of male rape as well? Male rape - especially when it occurs in prisons - is a subject that tends to elicit giggles and "well they probably deserve it" attitudes, even here on DU.

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #67)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:18 PM

69. hugabear, i will never find rape of men funny. i would like to point out, almost exclusively the

joke and giggles about male rape in prison comes from men and you will about always hear women challenging that.

i think it is disgusting that people, men, giggle about that. it is a too big problem that is ignored (in my opinion) by the people that run prisons.

if it is specifically addressing a womans concerns, like date rape, then yes, it is inappropriate to bring up (it deflects and minimizes the issue discussed). if it is a discussion on rape as a whole, sex trafficking, i never gender specify because a lot of rape is our children and boys are included.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #69)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:35 PM

70. Good points

n/t

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #67)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:03 PM

72. Your comment is a derail but,

 

I agree, rape is NEVER a laughing matter. Whoever "giggles" and claims "they deserve it" needs a verbal slapping.

Once again though, exactly WHO are the rapists? Bottom line, men are the primary perps of violence, sexualized or otherwise. Period.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:44 PM

10. i have heard this angle. but last night i was thinking, i have never been around men

that speak of women the way i hear on this board. i have grown up around conservative men. i married a conservative man that believes in social issues as a liberal. i hear us bash the conservative man and i told someone last night, NO ONE i hang out with, grew up with, live with, talk to or about women like i hear on this board.


on edit... the conservative men i know also have no desire to keep women in the kitchen. they also are not real religious, if religious at all. they are not all santorums

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:48 PM

11. I know this isn't modern or popular ...

... and it might even be considered sexist to some degree .... but I was raised in the South and it has been drilled into my head since childhood to treat a lady with respect (and a certain degree of deference). This is something that I may have in common with many of the less-hateful conservative men, and may explain some of your experiences.

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Response to dawg (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:57 PM

15. it just has never been in my life and it is not in my life today. i grew up in Az and Calif.

it isnt just the south.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:56 PM

14. "the conservative men i know also have no desire to keep women in the kitchen"

or the bedroom.

The couch works good too!

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:57 PM

16. nah ha. lol. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:26 AM

42. The telegraphic and context-free nature of internet posting

 

may lead to a lot of misunderstanding.

Surely you're not saying that the left-of-center types that post here are "just as bad or worse" than social conservatives who want to ban abortion and oppose the Lily Ledbetter Law.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #42)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:34 AM

44. i was talking in another post about this. the men i know that are repug, are not that.

not all repugs are the rw religious nuts that we hear speak the loudest. my inlaws are repug and had to sit out of last election (first time in life) because of attacks on gays and left their catholic religion they loved so, because of that issue.

i am certainly not saying all men on du. many many men do not perceive women in this manner and speak out for women. i have more men that pm me and express support and their views, but wont say anything in a thread because of the attacks on them and not wanting to get in an argument. so i get it is a small portion of du.

but like i say... i am getting old and i dont know men like this. they dont think, talk, behave like this toward women. never have, never would.

my father voted obama, first time democratic vote, ever. hubby voted kerry and obama.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #42)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 12:48 PM

76. I knew that Jan Brewer was a B***H,

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002224530

when we go into freeperland and come back in a titter with

Hillary is a
gifford is a
pelosi is a

and we call them knuckle draggin rw misogynists.

lets remember

3 to 3

brewer is a





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The poster could have used many different words to describe Brewer, but he choose an offensive, sexist term.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:40 PM

9. Nuclear Unicorn is correct. It's not just the RW.

It's most people, of both sexes.

We have been conditioned to accept unfair treatment for so long that most people don't even see it. And even if they do, most write it off as no big deal.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:22 PM

33. Liberal dudes

 

from what I have witnessed are nearly as misogynistic as conservative dudes. When it comes to the ladies they meet on the same place on the circle. They just took two different paths to get there.

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:28 PM

34. Agreed. (nt)

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:25 PM

41. Here's a 2nd affirmative vote on that nt

 

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #33)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:30 AM

43. That is really unfair.

 

The left-of-center types who post here do not want to outlaw abortion or overturn the Lily Ledbetter act.

While there's always room for improvement, saying that DUers are "as bad or worse" than FReepers when it comes to women's equality is like saying Obama is as bad as Bush.

In fact, I challenge you to a test of your idea. Try posting this same OP over at FreeRep and let me know how it turns out for you.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:37 AM

45. what some... SOME men are not getting on du, and are not listening to us when we say

whether barefoot in the kitchen, or their whore... it is still about repression. and we are saying no.

i know a lot of men dont get, that it is equally as offensive. but, it just is.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:41 AM

46. When it comes to

 

patronizing, sexualizing women, conservatives and liberals are quite similar.

I stand by that. Instead of crying about "fairness" you and other men who never patronize, never sexualize women figure out how to stop your male comrades who do. Women can not do it alone. It's not "fair" to women who are on the receiving end of such hostility.

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #46)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:07 PM

47. So . . . if you posted the OP at Free Republic

 

the response would be equivalent to what you get here?

Why don't you try it to see?

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #47)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:14 PM

50. It is an arduous enough

 

task to discuss this subject here at DU. Now why in the name of (fill in the blank) would I or anyone else care to invest energy on this topic there?

And why are you spending so much of your awesome non- threatening energies asking?

With all of your non-threatening, non- violent ways, can't YOU help with the cause? Call one of your male friends today! Ask them to help stop the violence against women. Thank you in advance.

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Response to Sera_Bellum (Reply #46)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:10 PM

48. I also don't quite get why only non-sexist men

 

are responsible for correcting sexist men.

Isn't that like saying that you personally are somehow responsible for the KKK, because they are also white? Or that the moderate Muslims have to "reign in" the terrorists?

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #48)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:20 PM

53. Are you

 

having difficulties with reading comprehension?

Did I say "only"? somewhere? What I said was women can not fight this ourselves, there needs to be the good guys to assist. I am certain you are a good guy. You good guys really need to stand along with the good fight. Being acrimonious to this messenger is futile for the large picture.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #48)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:43 PM

56. why do i challenge my christian friends? why do i challenge my female friends? why do i challenge

my white friends? why do i challenge my moneyed friends?

i have all the dirt, i am right there next to them, i am them and they hear me better than someone on the outside.

yes

i feel i have a responsibility and obligation to speak up and out to those that are mine. every. single. time. regardless of the cost to me.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:40 PM

55. She said "nearly as misogynistic"... only you said "as bad or worse"...

Misogyny isn't limited to abortion and equal pay.

If anyone said or implied 'as bad or worse', then I missed it.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #55)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:12 PM

59. Okay, if you really believe what you wrote,

 

then the common ground of language is no longer common and we really can't communicate.

I'm interested at getting a meaning, and you're interested in equivocating and shucking-and-jiving.

ON EDIT:

QUOTE from this thread: i have never been around men that speak of women the way i hear on this board. i have grown up around conservative men. i married a conservative man that believes in social issues as a liberal. i hear us bash the conservative man and i told someone last night, NO ONE i hang out with, grew up with, live with, talk to or about women like i hear on this board. END QUOTE

*****

If that isn't lib men are "as bad or worse" than cons, I don't know what.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #59)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

61. Excuse me?

You could point out where you think I wasn't clear/where the common ground of language is breaking down, or you could mock my attempts to discuss things as 'shucking-and-jiving'.

If you were actually and truly interested in getting a meaning, I'd have expected the former.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #61)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:21 PM

62. THIS:

 

QUOTE i have never been around men that speak of women the way i hear on this board. i have grown up around conservative men. i married a conservative man that believes in social issues as a liberal. i hear us bash the conservative man and i told someone last night, NO ONE i hang out with, grew up with, live with, talk to or about women like i hear on this board. UNQUOTE

*****

That is what I meant by discussion devolving into "Lib men are as bad or worse" as Cons. I think my conclusion is reasonable given that is exactly what people are saying here.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #62)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:29 PM

64. I agree, that could seem to imply what you're saying...

you responded to someone else and I was basing my responses on her comments.

That said, I wouldn't interpret seabeyond's post the way you did... simply because I would assume she's talking about a few people, and not all liberals on this board. I don't think it's unreasonable to say a few liberals can be very misogynistic, and in some contexts (notably treating women as sex objects first and foremost) that it might be worse here than in a conservative forum or neighborhood. I don't think that implies that *all* liberal men are as bad or worse as conservatives. I would interpret her words with fewer absolutes.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #64)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:07 PM

66. we dont see that many men saying shit about women on du. so i think it is a given it is a small

group.

saying.... the men that say shit about women on the board already implies it is not ALL du. it is absurd that one has to go to such lengths to get across it is not ALL men. and i specifically said conservative men i am with so that surely implies only SOME conservative men.

not to mention, the poster asked for clarification and the next post i gave him exactly that. it is wonderful to have the opportunity to clarify. but, then poster ignored my clarification to make his point. that is not so wonderful.

"i am certainly not saying all men on du. many many men do not perceive women in this manner and speak out for women. i have more men that pm me and express support and their views, but wont say anything in a thread because of the attacks on them and not wanting to get in an argument. so i get it is a small portion of du. "

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #66)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:18 PM

68. Yeah, it seemed fairly straightforward to me...

But consider that some people consider these kinds of threads to he examples of 'man-bashing'.

So, yeah.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #62)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:59 PM

65. you asked me to clarify. i did clarify. and now you are ignoring my answer. reminder here.

"i am certainly not saying all men on du. many many men do not perceive women in this manner and speak out for women. i have more men that pm me and express support and their views, but wont say anything in a thread because of the attacks on them and not wanting to get in an argument. so i get it is a small portion of du. "

for me to say, all my life, i have been around mostly conservative men, and all my life i have had NO man talk the way SOME men on du talk about women, is my own personal experience. i cannot help that you do not like it. it could be because i was lucky in life, being around good people, regardless of political association. it could be i would not allow someone around me that would not be respectful to me. it could be, living in the panhandle of texas, 95% republican, it is inevitable who i choose to have around me are going to be republican.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:12 PM

49. This was a good thread until the discussion devolved into Lib men are just as bad as Cons.

 

Are you really trying to change hearts and minds, or is this just a pity party?

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #49)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:17 PM

51. Nobody said 'just as bad'.

Nobody is having a pity party, but it's disingenuous to claim these problems are limited to one part of society, that's all.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #51)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:39 PM

54. See above:

 

QUOTE: When it comes to patronizing, sexualizing women, conservatives and liberals are quite similar.

I stand by that. END QUOTE

Also QUOTE: Liberal dudes from what I have witnessed are nearly as misogynistic as conservative dudes. END QUOTE

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #54)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM

57. In my estimation, "quite similar" is a far cry from "as bad or worse".

I agree that when the topic is patronizing and sexualizing women, there is a difference, but it's not as big as many feminists perceive that it should be, given our understanding of equality and dehumanization when the target is a religious or ethnic group.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #49)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:05 PM

58. "pity party" LOL!

 

That doesn't sound sexist at all!

Jeez, mistertrickster, all that we're trying to say is that in our culture-at-large females are sexualized at every. single. turn. By males, regardless of their party politics.

Last I checked, one wasn't required to be a card-carrying republican to *enjoy* pornography. Or even most television for that matter.

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Response to Feldspar (Reply #58)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:13 PM

60. Also, it's interesting that you deemed it a "good discussion"

 

until someone named the perpetrators of sexism in the media.

Now it's: "not fair"!1!!1 Whaaa!1!

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Response to Feldspar (Reply #60)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:26 PM

63. So you agree that Liberals are equally guilty of sexism as Cons?

 

By "equally guilty," I mean opposing policy like Lily Ledbetter equal pay act, the Equal Rights Amendments, Abortion rights.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #63)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:42 PM

71. The OP was about sexism in the media,

 

not about any particular *women's rights* issue and what men think about them.

And, please, the ERA?! It's been introduced virtually every single year since 1923. That's coming up on 90 years there, brother.

Where are the archives of 90 years-worth of liberal men marching/voting in favor of it? Show me.

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Response to Feldspar (Reply #71)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:03 PM

73. That's exactly my criticism. The discussion got off

 

track when Libs were compared unfavorably to Cons.

Your objection is my objection.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #73)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:14 PM

74. How many ways to Sunday

 

does this *need* to be explained to you, MT?

"Libs" were not "compared unfavorably to Cons". It's an equality issue, dude.

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Response to mistertrickster (Reply #73)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:24 PM

75. post 5 to be precise. blaming all of this on the repugs and women saying, wait a minute.

not really true. when dealing with this issue i think it is very important to be aware and recognize this is not only about conservative men or religion. that was the point of the off topic



"To conservatives and GOP types and particularly to the Evilangelists it is ok to speak as long as you tow "their" line. Speak out for equality or women's rights and you are fair game. The GOP hate machine is aimed at more than just liberals, homosexuals, transgenders, labor, unions, Democrats etc. The hate and vitriol is directly aimed at women with a particular vengeance. All women are to these miscreants is "reproductive machines" who must stay at home. They live in the same universe as the Taliban or radical Islamists.

Women must fight back against this march to the middle ages."

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:39 PM

8. Women aren't always right.

But they are always entitled to have their say without being belittled or marginalized.

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Response to dawg (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:50 PM

12. we need to get rid of that one, too. when i got married, my FIL told hubby

one piece of advice.

(i am bad at remembering sayings, really bad, think bush, bad)

something about women being right 100% of the time even if it is only 80%. i dont know. but it is stupid. i thought insulting. FIL is always saying it. condescending.

but it isnt a joke. i think we need to quit with that joke. and i know you werent saying that.

but you are right. ha ha. women are not always right. it is a given. why do we play otherwise.

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Response to dawg (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:08 PM

17. Nobody's always right, but everyone has the right to speak.

One of the things I like about DU is that, unless you take the time to look at profiles, you usually don't know the gender of the people who are posting. That helps make for a level playing field, I think. Some people, of course, make their gender clear, but most don't. I have no idea, most of the time. I like that.

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Response to dawg (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:12 PM

22. I'm with seabeyond...

the tired stuff about women always being right is as played out as the one about men always being ... anything. It's one thing to engage in attempting to wring a few more laughs out of those dusty old jokes... but quite another to promote disturbing ideas about women (that they're objects, responsible for being raped, bring violence on themselves, etc.)

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:20 PM

23. I like that they mention how the culture is reinforced for children, so we grow up with it

From the article...

"She added: "We do have to ask ourselves what kind of story this tells, especially to young children, when they see in mainstream newspapers men in suits, men in sports attire, men as active participants and women as sexualised objects."

Thanks for posting redqueen... always a pleasure to see your posts.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:31 PM

27. Thanks for posting that part!

I was really torn about what points to include in the excerpt. That's one I really wanted to include, so I truly appreciate it.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:35 PM

28. Mixed bag here

When you read the links and some of their embedded links, there are many issues being touched upon including:
- Page 3/porn presence in daily newspapers/tabloids
- Women columnists/commentators/writers getting nasty emails

The first one is not an issue in the US. We like our porn in color glossy format or on a computer monitor. The public in the UK can solve this by not purchasing those papers. Making tabloids adhere to TV standards just doesn't seem workable, at least not in the US.

The second is not just limited to women, but admittedly men would not be sent rape threats. Instead it is against their families. BTDT. Within the US is they are valid threats, the cops should step in. If they are not, the recipient should file it or hit delete. If they are of a sporting nature, publish them with the IDs of the authors if possible. Nothing says what a dogfart some is than to have their trash posted with their online identity or real life identity attached. Note that would be libel in the UK, even if it were true.

Laws against boorish behavior are not the answer. Social pressure is. ASBOs may be allowed in the UK, but would never fly under US law. When something becomes unacceptable it ceases to be.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:39 PM

29. I never said that we should do everything the UK does...

There is no comparison to the amount of abuse that female journalists and bloggers get. Male bloggers and journalists do get abuse, but nearly as much, and not nearly as much of it is sexualized.

I do agree with your method of dealing with it, which is to name and shame and get the police involved if warranted.

In addition, I would hope that more people of both sexes will stop simply rolling their eyes and ignoring sexism when they see it. Very few would react with silence if they encountered racist views.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #29)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:03 PM

31. Indeed you did not

Which is why I contrasted them. The difference in the legal systems and remedies are much larger than many realize. ASBOs are not possible in the US.

Overt sexism should be denounced and often is, though there can be some dispute if a particular action is sexist or not. It is the more covert sexism that will be the hardest to overcome and will be the longest lasting.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:34 PM

35. Agreed on all points.

Especially that last part, re: covert sexism. The status quo is not just tolerated but championed.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #35)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:20 PM

52. FYI ProgProf is one of my favorite posters in one of the other subforums n/t

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:38 PM

36. Wait a second, it's LIBEL in the UK to post someone's rants unedited?

 

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #36)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:05 PM

37. Even if you indentify the source correctly it could still be libel

In the UK, the truth is not a defense. The issue is if it hurt the reputation of the other party.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:46 PM

38. Oooh, I want to move to the UK and post nasty rants!

 

LOL just kidding!

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #38)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:20 PM

39. There has been some forum shopping when it comes to libel suits based on Internet publications

Since the UK rules are so different than US ones.

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:53 PM

30. kick

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 PM

40. Good post. No one should be bullied or shouted down

 

or treated like "the enemy" because of their gender.

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