Women in Politics


22 Jan 2013

Big Media and the Herd Mentality of Party Politics Create More Crises Than They Solve

Salon’s David Sirota today offered an article instructing Progressives to “check their optimism” when it comes to President Obama’s inauguration speech and what it might bode for his second term.  He stated that although Obama strung “together the most tried, true and poll-tested applause lines,” Sirota pointed out that no sentence “was as appropriate yet also dissonant as President Obama’s assertion that America should not...

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12 Dec 2012

Anita Finlay's Christmas Coupon For You!

This year, my life has been about words — spoken, written, sometimes shouted — sharing a heartfelt message with students, talk show hosts, and, well, anyone who would listen.  Writing Dirty Words on Clean Skin has brought me to unexpected venues, offered great opportunity and taught me more than any master class ever could. This has been a fierce year that has at times felt,...

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04 Dec 2012

Study Finding We Are Done with Gender Bias Omits Important Data

“Good News for Hillary 2016: New Study Says Media Gender Bias Has Almost Disappeared”   …so reads The Grindstone headline to Ruth Graham’s latest article.  Quoting research from Jennifer Lawless and Danny Hayes covering 4,748 newspaper articles in the 2010 congressional races, Ms. Graham finds much to celebrate.  I am loathe to argue with her, since she was kind enough to interview me regarding this...

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27 Nov 2012

Citing “the War on Men,” One Woman Thinks We Would be Better Off as 50s Housewives

Suzanne Venker, author of the new book, ‘How to Choose a Husband (and Make Peace with Marriage),’ insists feminism has been bad for women and good for men: “Men can have sex at hello” with “no responsibility whatsoever,” she states.  So marriage makes a man automatically “take responsibility”?  Quoting Pew Research Center, Venker offers that more women today want to get married than they did...

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12 Oct 2012

Finlay & Smart Talk — our new radio show!

This week, I had the pleasure of launching a new show with writer and host John Smart.  We cover the waterfront!  Every Tuesday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Easterm time we will dig into pressing social issues, politics and whatever strikes our (or your) fancy.  Please write and let us know if you have a particular topic in mind and we’ll do our best to pick the bone...

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19 Sep 2012

Apologies to Hillary, Revisionist History and Cognitive Dissonance

These past two years, we have been stunned by a pundit class offering everything from grudging to glowing praise of Hillary Clinton, a candidate they had roundly excoriated four years earlier. What changed? And will the men and women in mainstream media who exhibited a reckless, cruel bias toward not only Hillary, but her supporters, now pretend the debacle of the 2008 primaries never occurred?...

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29 Aug 2012

I Am Not My Hair (humble thanks to India.Arie for her inspiring lyrics)

At Best Buy one lazy Sunday afternoon six years back, I sampled my first Ipod. The pre-programmed music selections featured India.Arie singing “I Am Not My Hair,” a magnificent composition written, in part, to honor Melissa Etheridge, who appeared bald at the Grammys after her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer: I am not my hair I am not your expectations, oh no. I am not...

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22 Aug 2012

ABC's Jake Tapper Tells the Truth about Media Bias — a blockbuster interview in polite language

Add Jake Tapper, one of our more reliable reporters, to the list of people who have left the reservation – at least for the moment. Back in late October, 2008, John King of CNN gave an interview calling his own media colleagues “out of touch,” lambasting them for media bias in the unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and John McCain.  Tapper goes on...

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19 Aug 2012

Many Who Attacked Hillary Clinton in 2008 Now Suggesting She Replace Joe Biden

I just had the pleasure of being interviewed by Molly Paige and Ernie Brown of the nationally syndicated America’s Radio News Network.  I had some choice words for them about the treatment Hillary Clinton received at the hands of the mainstream media last time out and why we still feel the repercussions today.  Short and sweet.  Please give a listen here! My thanks also to...

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14 Aug 2012

Female Olympians, Like Women in Politics, Are Still Stuck in the Cheap Seats

There is a reason why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fights for the empowerment of women and girls around the world.  Even in the 2012 Olympics, we were not immune from institutionalized sex bias.  At 16, Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win a gold medal in gymnastics.  She subsequently received Twitter-bashing about her hair so widespread, it was reported by CNN and...

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