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Culture Focus Photo March 29, 2012

Through SCOTUS Demos & Visual Noise, Tea Party vs. Obama

The atmosphere was either “festive” and “wonderful” or filled with “hollering and screaming.” This image, however, hints at the broader deliberative dynamics shaping the health insurance debate.

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Karrin Anderson Photo February 20, 2012

It's Reigning Men: Birth Control Panel As One Float in DC's Televised Patriarchy Parade

To be fair, although MSNBC producers did not bother to schedule any women pundits for this particular discussion, they did include the pink symbol for “female” as a badge of gender equity in their title graphic.

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Advertising Watch Photo February 6, 2012

Pussycats in the Clouds: Go Daddy Paints Super Bowl 2012

The visuals remind us that on Super Bowl Sunday, the only thing that viewers consume more of than chips and beer is women’s bodies.

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Fashion Focus Photo January 18, 2012

Salacious Sexiness in the Name of the "Larger" Feminist Ideal

What’s problematic about the PLUS Model layout is the way in which it turns the watchful eye of the male gaze on its ostensibly liberated subjects.

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Campaign '12 Photo January 9, 2012

(First) Ladies in Waiting

Whether it's Michelle Obama or the wives of the GOP candidates, one thing the pictures reveal is the persistence of gender norms.

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International Focus Photo January 5, 2012

Women to the Back of the Bus: A Picture of Gender Apartheid from Israel to Borough Park's B110

Images emerging from Israel currently bear more than a little resemblance to pictures taken in Montgomery, Alabama 50+ years ago.

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Fashion Focus Photo December 29, 2011

Ahmadinejad's Ready-to-Wear: Government Approved to Make Women Look Islamic and Beautiful

Regarding "approved" clothing for Iranian women, Ahmadinejad’s “compromise” is not a step in the right direction. It’s a step in the same direction.

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Karrin Anderson Photo December 18, 2011

Photo of Woman Stripped by Egyptian Military: Not Shamed, Not a Victim

This image does not portray a victim. It portrays a hero—a warrior waging a battle for democracy.

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Campaign '12 Photo November 10, 2011

"Blame the Victim": Stalking Horse for Cain Visualizes Accuser As "Ugly Bitch"

With unbridled speed, the Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy has already shifted from the “he said/she said” (and she said, and she said, and she said) stage to the unfortunately predictable “blame the victim” phase.

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Campaign '12 Photo August 18, 2011

Elizabeth Warren Cowgirls Up

After Texan Rick Perry galloped away with Michelle Bachmann’s Iowa thunder, perhaps Warren realized that the “don’t mess with . . .” message plays well above the Mason-Dixon line too.

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Campaign '12 Photo August 12, 2011

GOP Debate: Titanium Is A Girl's Best Friend

By supporting Bachmann, conservatives get to be “family (values) friendly” feminists. They can “make history” without disrupting tradition.

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Media Focus Photo August 8, 2011

Return of the Bug-Eyed Bachmann

Most people believe that we’ve moved beyond this level of sexism in our political culture, and many liberals are sanguine about the sexist implications of the recent Bachmann depictions, adopting a sort of “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . .” mentality. The...

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Photo July 16, 2011

Girls Gone Mad: the Wild-Eyed Lunacy of Bachmann, Palin, Pelosi, Clinton . . . Etc.

I’m no Bachmann apologist, but I am concerned about a troubling trend in which political women are critiqued as crackpots and lambasted as lunatics.

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Campaign '12 Photo June 27, 2011

Pimp My Politics: Front Groups Already Down and Dirty

Expect to see a resurgence of the visual techniques, trading on racist and sexist stereotypes, employed during 2008.

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Women and Gender Focus Photo May 26, 2011

G-8 Optics: After Strauss-Kahn’s Crash-and-Burn, Sarkozy Making Hay Off Trophy Wife’s Baby Bump?

With Strauss-Kahn’s presidential aspirations now extinguished, Sarkozy still enjoys showcasing his trophy wife, but with a new twist -- familial bliss.

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Karrin Anderson Photo May 25, 2011

History and Herstory: Pie Town Pics Revisited

Critics of feminism have long suspected that the ultimate goal of the movement is to get rid of men. Their fears seem to be confirmed by artist Debbie Grossman’s “reimaging” of Russell Lee’s iconic photographic series portraying families in the rural New Mexican community of “Pie Town. Feminism, however,...

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Campaign '04 Photo April 12, 2011

France's Niqab Ban: Tricolor Face of the New Feminism

The French law states that women who cover in public are subject to a fine and also must enroll in a “citizenship course,” however, the young woman in this picture seems to understand citizenship better than the Sarkozy administration.

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Media Focus Photo March 29, 2011

Beyond Riveting

There’s nothing more “do it yourself” than being a woman scientist, and depicting Fried as Rosie does more to underscore her difference from other scientific geniuses than it does to suggest that science is no longer a boys’ club.

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