TLC defended its special, saying that the views it depicts are strictly those of the participants. What the network didn’t say was that many of the show’s participants are affiliated with organizations tied to the discredited “ex-gay” movement.
Some conservatives want to defend street harassers as a way to get in digs at feminists. But they might be running up against more traditional right-wingers who think harassment is evidence of the dangerous world women must be protected from.
The media’s bad job of reporting on teenage pregnancy and parenting has real-life consequences and effects on teenage families, including depression and generational poverty. By removing these stereotypes, and changing to more positive story lines and outcomes, people in the media can make it easier on teens to create thriving families.
Campaigns like It’s On Us, from the White House, and HeForShe, launched by Emma Watson as part of her UN ambassadorship, are part of a cultural shift toward recognizing that women’s rights can’t be considered in a vacuum.
What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers’ expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.
Why wouldn’t Kaling’s character, Dr. Lahiri, discuss abortion in a show about a gynecologist’s office? It always comes back to stigma.
The Susan B. Anthony List is known for misleading ads. So it may come as a small surprise that a recent ad it sponsored featuring the Ryun family doesn’t mention the family patriarch’s long history as a Republican operative with close links to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.
Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.
Restrictions on access to birth control are at odds with the fact that sexuality, for most of us, takes time to understand and appreciate.
If Kimye can show us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go when it comes to smashing gender roles.