Canada: Challenging sexist treatment of women in media

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Title: From Twirlgate to the mani cam, women speak out against gendered treatment
Author: Lauren Pelley, in The Toronto Star. 28 January 2015

"Eugenie Bouchard. Hillary Clinton. Julianne Moore.

What do they have in common? For one, they’re all notable women in their respective realms. Many say they’ve also been on the receiving end of gendered treatment from the media, fielding questions about their outfits instead of their accomplishments, for example. But if online pushback is any indication, women are getting fed up . . . and making their voices heard.

Bouchard, the Canadian tennis star, was a hot topic on social media last week after twirling at the request of a male interviewer during the Australian Open.

As for Clinton, the ongoing will-she-or-won’t-she debate over her potential 2016 presidential run led has led to speculation about how her daughter’s pregnancy would affect her decision".   Read more...


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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers



#MeToo #TimesUp

In my view, society is less tolerant of sexist stereotypes in the media now than three years ago.

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