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Apparently I'm not the only one thinking about the lack of women in hip-hop this week. Last night Starpulse posted a brief quote from Chuck D., front man for seminal rap group Public Enemy who has now become a producer, author and living legend. Chuck has apparently decided that this year he will focus on promoting female artists, songwriters, and executives in the hip-hop scene, beginning with his own signees, Creww Girl Order. I'm sure part of this is just the work of a label head promoting his new talent, but talk like this from one of the most notable names in rap can only help.
In case you missed it, here's a clip from Stephen Colbert's satirical commentary on the recently passed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for employees to pursue pay discrimination claims.
Last night, a couple of us lucky Bitch ladies got the chance to go to the sold-out-for-weeks Broken Social Scene show here in Portland. It makes sense, right? They're a collective, just like we are! Read on for our notes and some sweet video clips, after the jump.
Sure, this New York Times story about gender discrepancy in men's and women's dry cleaning prices may seem a little frivolous (especially considering that most of us can't pay $8.75 to get our shirts cleaned), but props are still in order. Another blow struck in the name of gender equality! More after the jump.
The following was apparently an ad that NBC refused to show during the Super Bowl. It is a commercial featuring an ultra sound of an unborn baby--which all wraps up into an image of Obama. The basic message being: if Obama's mother had aborted him because it was going to be "hard" to raise him, the U.S. never would have achieved the historic election of a black man."
I am not sure if the media-savvy among you have already heard of this phenomenon, but apparently the newest trend in super-creepy-and-invasive advertising is ads that watch you watch them. This new technology, made by a company called Quividi, uses face-tracking technology (and yes, I guess that is a thing) to determine the age, race, and gender of the person viewing the ad. Then, the ad may change based on who is watching. WTF?
So, rather than watch the Super Bowl, I ate food and slept. In spite of my attempts to avoid the whole damn mess, however, I still wound up being forced to deal with the requisite oohs and aaaahs over the commercials. I'm not a big fan of commercials period--but Super Bowl ads are often especially problematic to me because they are well aware that they are appealing to the most base instinct of the macho drunk male getting it on with his macho drunk male friends (I read somewhere that more partner abuse happens during Super Bowl than any other time of the year).