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Yes, it’s 2015 and a newspaper is rating how attractive female politicians are

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The Belfast Telegraph has produced a quite staggering article judging election candidates based purely on their looks and dress sense in campaign posters.

Reaction to the double-page spread on Thursday, which labels one female candidate a “girly girl”, admires a “plunging neck line” and notes that another looks like she needs “a good night’s sleep”, has been branded sexist and outdated by commenters online.

And reading the article (titled “So, which candidates are topping the poles [sic]”) in full, it’s perhaps easy to understand why people might hold those opinions.

While male candidates don’t escape the objectification (one looks “smirky smug”, while another has teeth that “look as if they were never intended for eating with”), they play a mere peripheral role on the layout of the page.

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Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2014 | Patricia Leavy, PhD

Sadly, the mainstream media’s addiction to sexism has yet again provided us with a long list of competitive material for our annual top 10 sexist media moments. The media are sexist in a variety of ways, but most apparent is the manner in which news is reported and that they just can’t seem to control themselves at inventing stories that, well, aren’t really news — think: the endless reporting that happens about celebrity looks and gossip

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The Media’s Enormous Gender Problem, In One Chart

By now, it should be obvious that women are drastically underrepresented in the news media. But a new study by the Women’s Media Center shows just how pervasive the media’s gender gap is across all kinds of news outlets. The center issued an update to its annual State of the Media report on Wednesday, with new research about the number of male and female contributors to organizations in print, on television and online. The results were clear: 63 percent of the 27,000 pieces of content examined by the study were contributed by men. 36 percent were contributed by women—a nearly 2-1 difference. The platform didn’t matter. The eight newspapers studied had 63 percent male contributors; the four evening newscasts had 65 percent; the four websites had 60 percent; and the two main wire services had 65 percent. The gender of the people at the top wasn’t an easy predictor of the levels of gender parity either.

Diane Sawyer, for instance, had the second-highest percentage of male contributors (66) out of all the evening newscasts. (She was beaten by Scott Pelley, whose CBS newscast had a whopping 72 percent male contribution rate.) And New York Times editor Jill Abramson is presiding over the biggest gender gap out of all of the top 10 newspapers in the country. And the gender gaps are especially pronounced in areas like crime, politics and world affairs. Women, it would seem, are still being disproportionately confined to more stereotypically “feminine” beats such as lifestyle and health. Take a look at the WMC’s findings in the sobering graphic …

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Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2013 | Patricia Leavy, PhD

In 2012, the media shamefully spun stories that sexualized women athletes (the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team), called women voters too emotional and mindless, tried some good old-fashioned “slut shaming” (Rush Limbaugh on Sandra Fluke) and kept insinuating Jennifer Anniston had a “baby bump.” We are sad to report that little has changed.

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Study: Talking about a female candidate’s appearance hurts her chances of winning – Salon.com

A study released on Monday by Name It, Change It, a project that monitors media coverage of female political figures, revealed that appearance-focused media attention negatively impacts the likelihood that a female candidate will win an election.

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The women fighting sexism in the media – from Page 3 to politics | Media | The Guardian

Just over a week ago, a group of campaigners gathered outside the News International offices in east London with a birthday card for the Sun. The occasion? The 42nd anniversary of Page 3. The card was 6ft high, and while one side showed how women are portrayed in some of the tabloids – topless images from the Sun and the Star, as well as semi-naked, bent-double images from the Sport — the other showed how men are portrayed. The crucial difference could be summarised in the single word “clothes”; more broadly, men were pictured as active, respected professionals. The protesters wrote their feelings about Page 3 in the card. “A woman is worth more than her cup size,” scrawled one. “Still stuck in the sexist, Savile-loving 70s, Dominic?” asked another.

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How the Media Portrays Female Athletes | Aimee Lamoureux

It’s pretty clear that in today’s society males are the dominate figure in sports. They receive a tremendous more amount of media attention than female athletes. Young boys grow up watching television bombarded with heroic images of male athletes. They have something to look up to, while young girls don’t receive the same images.

“Girls also see a double standard in covering women’s sports. When male athletes receive media attention, such coverage is primarily focused on their skills and performance. When female athletes receive media attention, the media is much more likely to focus on their physical attractiveness or non-sport-related activities.” (Lopiano)

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