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Today, the National Organization for Women Foundation celebrates its 14th annual Love Your Body Day -- a day when women of all sizes, colors, ages and abilities come together to celebrate self-acceptance and to promote positive body image.
The NOW Foundation announces its 14th annual Love Your Body Day to take place on Oct. 19. NOW Foundation launched the groundbreaking Love Your Body Day in 1998 to promote positive images of women and girls in the media and offer an alternative to unrealistic and harmful standards of beauty.
NOW deplores the decision to drop Nafissatou Diallo's charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This miscarriage of justice exhibits all the hallmarks of a society that tolerates sexual violence by blaming and shaming the survivors.
Guest panelists on Real Time with Bill Maher took their satirical humor too far on the July 15 show. Comedian Marc Maron expressed his vulgar hope of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann getting f*cked "angrily" by her husband. Not to be outshined, columnist Dan Savage replied with the same violent depiction targeting candidate Rick Santorum.
In a July 2 cover story, the New York Post attempted to discredit the woman who was allegedly raped by Dominque Strauss-Kahn by labeling her a prostitute. The cover screams "DSK MAID A HOOKER" in huge type. Inside, writer Italiano provides very little beyond gossip, depending heavily on puns such as "big tips for extra turndown service" to convey this completely unsubstantiated accusation.
The 3rd Circuit Court reached a decision in the long-standing media ownership appeal brought by the Institute for Public Representation, siding with IPR and the groups that had joined in bringing the case, including the NOW Foundation.
Just posted in NOW's Media Hall of Shame: Newsweek Editor-In-Chief Tina Brown imagines what Princess Diana's life would have been like if she were alive today. This fantasy life includes several wealthy husbands, a popular Facebook page and botox injections. The magazine cover features a composite photo of an updated Diana walking with Kate Middleton.
NOW takes a look at this year's Super Bowl ads, which include the usual parade of sexist content, including objectified women, buffoonish men and cartoonish violence.
We do not find it surprising that right-wing websites run posts using language like "mass bloodshed." What makes this post relevant is that Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of the blog that ran the post, is a political contributor on CNN's John King, USA.
Sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate's political ideology, states NOW President Terry O'Neill.
Tired of advertisers telling you what's wrong with your body, skin, hair, face? Fed up with the media's narrow portrayal of women? Help NOW Foundation promote positive, inclusive images of women and girls. Start planning events now for Love Your Body Day on Oct. 20. Learn more about the campaign. Enter the contest to design next year's poster.
When big media companies merge or partner it's rarely a good thing. Sure, it might be profitable for those at the top and stockholders. But generally it's bad news for the little people -- otherwise known as their viewers, listeners, readers and users. The proposed Comcast-NBC merger and the new deal between Google and Verizon are a feminist issue. Read why.
HBO's True Blood frequently contains explicit sex and violence, but this time it goes too far. Media Outlet: HBO, first airing 6-27-10 The Offense: Vampire Bill Compton has violent sex with his nemesis/"maker" Lorena, during which he twists her head around backward.NOW's Analysis: Here's a quick back…
To illustrate the need for health care reform, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) told the story of a woman who wore dentures that belonged to her sister before she passed away. Rush Limbaugh called it the "sob story of the day" and joked "well what's wrong with using a dead person's teeth? Aren't the Democrats big into recycling? . . . So if you don't have any teeth, so what? What's applesauce for? Isn't that why they make applesauce?"
Even though CBS aired the ad, your support helped us mobilize NOW activists around the country. With our allies, we activated hundreds of thousands to protest the ad -- and in the process we've raised awareness of the escalating threats to women's right to have access to safe, legal abortion.