Monday, July 27, 2009

Two funny posts in one day... oh my!

A friend passed this one along to me (thanks Chels) and it is too good (and too true) not to share. Here's one take on the world of advertising:


I can't believe I didn't think to post this right after I saw it, but for a funnier take on the French burqa ban, check out Kristen Schaal on the Daily Show:

Monday, July 20, 2009 IV - A title change and a press release!

Ah, what we've all been waiting for.  If you're interested in the specifics of the September 21st show, including how and where to attend, here it is.  Join us for what is sure to be an exciting night:


“Global issues are women’s issues, and the two are interwoven as threads in a fabric.” 
(Peg Snyder, 
SIGNS, 2003)

Maya Friedler and Jamie O’Reilly, Women’s Media Group, Chicago
In Collaboration with Human Rights Watch, Chicago
And UNIFEM, Chicago Present 
feminism today Radio Show

Recorded Live
Monday, September 21 7–10 PM
1245 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL 60202
(PH)  847. 492. 8860
Women’s Media Voicemail:  312. 458. 0822

With Guest Host June Sochen, PhD
Panelists: Peg Snyder, PhD, Author, Co-Founder UNIFEM
Jobi Petersen Cates, Director, Human Rights Watch, Chicago/Midwest
Anne Elizabeth Moore, Author, Media and Cultural Activist, SAIC

CHICAGO— In the fourth live program event of the pilot season of, a radio show, podcast online by Women’s Media Group, Chicago, discusses the role feminism plays in the global landscape. “Global Sisterhood: The New Feminism”, features celebrated feminist scholar and humanitarian Peg Snyder, and focuses on how American women over these 40 years, have worked with, and learned from, women across the globe.

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD, with historian June Sochen at the helm, looks at global activism as we hear from Snyder, Media Activist and Artist Anne Elizabeth Moore, and Jobi Peterson Cates, Director of Human Rights Watch, Chicago.

Panelists will report on the grassroots, cultural and economic programs they have been part of that empower women and girls. In an exchange with a live audience, they will address changing and expanding roles for women in the world, and the challenges that come with working for human rights. The devastating effects of violence experienced by women, as both citizens, and as refugees in this country, will be one of the primary focuses of the program. Documenting abuses, and the role of the media in that effort, will also be a topic for discussion. Producers Maya Friedler and Jamie O’Reilly facilitate the audience talk-back.  

The program begins at 7 PM.  A short musical program and reception follow the live taping.  
The SPACE venue is handicapped accessible. Parking is available in the city lot across the street. Reservations required. For information, please call  (312) 458.0822. OR Email:   

Out with the old (white dudes), in with the new

There's a lot of reasons why Frank Rich is awesome, but among them is the fact that he managed to find something of interest in mind-bogglingly boring and repetitive Sotomayor confirmation hearings:  

"The hearings were pure “Alice in Wonderland.” Reality was turned upside down. Southern senators who relate every question to race, ethnicity and gender just assumed that their unreconstructed obsessions are America’s and that the country would find them riveting. Instead the country yawned. The Sotomayor questioners also assumed a Hispanic woman, simply for being a Hispanic woman, could be portrayed as The Other and patronized like a greenhorn unfamiliar with How We Do Things Around Here. The senators seemed to have no idea they were describing themselves when they tried to caricature Sotomayor as an overemotional, biased ideologue."

Read the whole article here:
Just another reminder that the times, they are a changin', and WMG is excited to keep the ball rolling.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"Iran's Second Sex"

Speaking of worldwide feminism (which, in case you haven't noticed, is the big topic on WMG's mind these days), Roger Cohen recently wrote a great op-ed for the New York Times about the role of women in Iran, and in this particular election (/revolution):

"Yes, it’s simple. From the outset, the regime targeted women, calculating that the patriarchal culture of the country would embrace the idea of an Islamic diktat that 'put women in their place.'

But then again nothing in Iran is simple. One benefit of the massive show of resistance to a stolen vote, and future, has been to awaken Americans to the civic vitality of Iranian society — a real country with real people rather than a bunch of zealous clerics posing a nuclear problem."

Cohen gracefully dissects the complexities of the war between tradition and modernity among Iranian women, and leaves us with some good old-fashioned ambiguity.  Read the full article here: