Once i found the Folgers commercial i couldn’t stop watching these old commercials. Stumbled across this one and its unbelievable! The ad is almost 50 years old, but its hard to imagine how this was ever acceptable to be shown. I got a little off topic but it made me curious as to the statistics on driving between men and women.

"We were not surprised to see that men have slightly more violations — about 5 percent — that result in accidents than women," said Raj Bhat, president of Quality Planning. "And because men are also more likely to violate laws for speeding, passing and yielding, the resulting accidents caused by men lead to more expensive claims than those caused by women."

Topping the list is the finding that men are cited for reckless driving 3.41 more times than women. Reckless driving is considered one of the most serious traffic offenses by courts since it implies a disregard for the rights and safety of people or property.

Violations for which men scored at least 50 percent higher than women:

TYPE OF VIOLATIONRATIO M:FReckless driving3.41DUI3.09Seatbelt violations3.08Speeding1.75Failure to yield1.54Stop sign/signal violation1.53

Evidence Gets Worse
Guys, when it rains it pours. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. “Men take more risks behind the wheel than women, and so men are more likely to get into serious crashes,” says Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president of research. “We don’t have any way of comparing their driving abilities, but on the likelihood of getting into a serious crash in which someone dies, men win handily.”
      The article goes on to explain the flip side of things. “It’s true that men do take more risks than women,” says Carolyn Gorman, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute. “However, [women] are partaking in more risky behaviors than ever before. The gap is closing quickly.”
http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=788126

Folger’s in the 1960’s posted ads that were pretty much all the same. The wife makes terrible coffee. The husband’s opinion is all she cares about (it’s her job to keep him happy you know) and she rushes off to fix this horrible mistake. I watched many of these videos, makes you realize the progress we’ve made.

20 Feminist Tv Characters

I thought it was interesting to read this article and see all the women that you know from your favorite shows.

20 Feminist TV Characters

20 Feminist TV Characters

Mary Richards (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) is often noted as being the feminist icon of television. While Ms. Richards may have been a groundbreaking portrayal of a working woman, she never actually talked about being a feminist. Here, we list fictional characters who more openly flew their feminist flags.

In doing research for this, we noticed that a lot of these women had characteristics in common. Almost all of them are middle class. Many of them are educated and somewhat socially awkward. A lot of them are either nerdy, or have nerdy pasts, and can be annoying. But unfortunately, all of them — including the animated ones — are Caucasian. Worse still, only three of the females listed below are characters on shows currently on air. It’s sad that in the past 30 years, feminism hasn’t even managed to get two dozen recurring characters on television to admit to being part of the movement. (Again, these are pop culture characters who spoke openly about being feminists or feminism; however, if, over the course of our research we overlooked/couldn’t find someone you think should be included, please do let us know in the comments - we’d love to keep updating this post with characters.)



Maude Findlay, Maude
20 Feminist TV CharactersAs the title character of the series, Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur) was probably the most outspoken, upfront feminist of sitcom TV. Running from 1972 - 1978, smack dab in the middle of the women’s lib movement, Maude was a Democrat who was pro-choice—she had an abortion on the show, pre-Roe v. Wade—and was a political activist who advocated for gender and racial equality. The show’s theme song, “And Then There’s Maude,” also reflected Maude’s feminism, comparing her to strong women in history like Joan of Arc, Lady Godiva, and “bra burners.”

Marcy D’Arcy, Married With Children

The breadwinner of her family, whether she was married to her first husband Steve or second husband Jefferson, Marcy (Amanda Bearse) hated Al Bundy and his misogynistic views on women. Although she was a Republican loan officer, she was also a radical feminist and formed FANG (Feminists Against Neanderthal Guys) in retaliation of Al’s club NO MA’AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood).

Julia Sugarbaker and Mary Jo Shively, Designing Women
20 Feminist TV CharactersAs owner and designer of interior decorating company Sugarbaker Designs, Julia (Dixie Carter) and Mary Jo (Annie Potts) were the liberal mouthpieces of writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Airing from 1986 - 1993, the show was often topical and dealt with women’s issues like spousal abuse, prostitution, homosexuality, cat-calling construction workers, and hostility toward overweight women. One episode focused entirely on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas, with the women sharing painful personal memories of sexual harassment and wearing shirts that said, “He did it.” Julia regularly made long, liberal-leaning speeches when she got into it with other characters. Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, Dixie Carter is a Republican and “disagreed with many of her character’s left-of-center commentaries, and made a deal with the producers that for every speech she gave, Julia would get to sing a song in a future episode.”

Murphy Brown, Murphy Brown
20 Feminist TV CharactersDuring the late ’80s and early ’90s, Monday nights on CBS featured an hour-long block of feminist comedy with Murphy Brown and Designing Women airing back-to-back. Running from 1988 - 1998, Murphy Brown (Candace Bergen) was the supposed epitome of “post-feminism.” As a news anchor/recovering alcoholic, Murphy’s feminism was often highlighted by her contrast to the character Corky Sherwood, a ditsy, former Miss America turned broadcast journalist. In the 1991-1992 season, Murphy became pregnant and chose to raise the baby as a single mother, prompting former Vice President Dan Quayle to criticize the character for ignoring the importance of fathers, opening a national discourse on “family values.” The show addressed his remarks by editing his speech to make it appear as though he was talking about Murphy personally instead of the character, leading Murphy to do a special edition broadcast on her news program FYI of different kinds of families.

Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

As head writer of The Girlie Show (or TSG with Tracy Jordan), Liz Lemon is a fictionalized version of 30 Rock creator Tina Fey. As a liberal, Lemon believes that “gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars,” and is heavily concerned with the idea of fairness. She’s described—accurately, according to other characters on the show—by her boss Jack Donaghy as a “New York third-wave feminist, college-educated, single-and-pretending-to-be-happy-about-it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says ‘healthy body image’ on the cover and every two years you take up knitting for…a week.” She is constantly in a struggle to balance her personal and professional lives, and in her late 30s, is feeling the pressure to either adopt or have a child of her own, which can sometimes be mistaken for baby fever, particularly when she was asked by a makeup artist on the set to hold her baby, then blacked out and woke up in her apartment, still holding the child. But while she’d like the ideal setup of marriage and a family, she doesn’t think the former is necessary to achieve the latter, as demonstrated in an episode when she bought a wedding dress, despite the fact that she doesn’t have a boyfriend, saying, “I’m gonna get the wedding dress, then I’m gonna have a baby and then I’m gonna die and then I’ll meet a super cute guy in Heaven.”


Elyse Keaton, Family Ties

Airing from 1982 - 1989 during the Reagan era, Family Ties featured feminist mother Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney), a baby boomer Democrat former-hippie raising her kids in the suburbs while maintaining a job. She and her husband Steven were political activists before settling down but still were very much liberal-minded. Her feminism was often in contrast with her daughter Mallory’s flightiness and obsession with fashion and her Republican son Alex’s traditional views, although Alex would later date a feminist artist named Ellen (played by Tracy Pollan, who ended up marrying Micheal J. Fox in real life).

Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is smart and wise beyond her years eight years. She’s a vegetarian, environmentalist, feminist and supporter of Tibetan freedom. She is a Ghost World fan, adores ponies, has struggled with body image issues, has a love/hate relationship with her Malibu Stacy doll, and gets angered over males’ lack of “regard for feelings and unicorns.” However, she is aware of her own intelligence, which sometimes leads to arrogance. Occasionally she’ll undermine her stay-at-home mother for her seemingly traditional gender role, but always ends up learning a lesson from her mistakes and incorrect assumptions.

Andrea Zuckerman, Beverly Hills, 90210

From 1990 - 1995 Andrea (Gabrielle Carteris) was 90210's resident “brainy” girl. As editor-in-chief of the high school paper The West Beverly Blaze, Andrea was socially awkward, but socially conscious—in stark contrast to the shallow, beautiful girls in her school—and the storylines involving her character dealt with gender, class, and racial issues. She was sexually harassed by a teacher at West Beverly, and later accused AP English teacher Mr. Meyer of sexism when he attempted to demote her and make Brandon Walsh the EIC of the paper. (Being vocal on the issue led to her sharing the position with Brandon.) Like Donna Martin, Andrea was saving herself for marriage, but as a freshman in college she fucked her RA, then later another guy named Jesse. Jesse knocked her up, the two married—even though her Judaism clashed with his Catholicism—had a kid, then went to Yale together.

Jessie Spano, Saved by the Bell

As a strong-willed feminist, Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley) was an overachiever. She was class president, a straight-A student, and briefly tried to balance all of that with a singing career that led to an addiction to caffeine pills. She introduced legions of young girls to the term “chauvinist pig,” and all though she was a crusader against sexism, she fell for the school jock A.C. Slater.

Roseanne Connor, Roseanne
20 Feminist TV CharactersAiring from 1988 - 1997, Roseanne was groundbreaking for giving a face to blue-collar feminism. Instead of the tired feminist stereotype in which female characters strive to “have it all” (a successful career and a family) Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) struggled to have enough. She took care of her kids, husband, and house while also working a number of menial jobs to make ends meet, demonstrating how modern women of the ’80s were expected to cook, clean, and contribute to household finances. She had a group of close girlfriends that included her sister Jackie, who were supportive rather than competitive with each other. Most importantly, perhaps, Roseanne was an overweight female lead character whose likability did not depend on her appearance.

Karen Arnold, The Wonder Years

Airing from 1988 - 1993, The Wonder Years took place in 1968 - 1973, reflecting the political and cultural climate of the time. As the older sister of protagonist/narrator Kevin Arnold, Karen (Olivia d’Abo) was a hippie, liberal, feminist, idealist who clashed with her conservative, traditional father. She inspired her brother Kevin to protest the Vietnam War by staging a walkout at his school, and her free-spirit perhaps inspired her homemaker mother to go back to college and start a career of her own.

Midge Pinciotti, That ’70s Show
20 Feminist TV CharactersAs Donna’s mother, Midge (Tanya Roberts) was easily influenced by any fad in the ’70s, including women’s liberation. On the show, she takes women’s studies classes, and joins the group “Feminist Warriors.” Although a stereotypical ditsy sexpot, Midge still manages to instill feminist values in her daughter Donna.

Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
20 Feminist TV CharactersBorn to an unwed, teen mother, Rory (Alexis Bledel) was a bright, well-behaved, pop-culturally savvy teenager, who was valedictorian of her competitive high school and went on to study journalism at Yale. While her romantic relationships were often masochistic, she was often seen reading feminist prose, and dreamed of one day having a career like Christiane Amanpour. At college, her dorm room was decorated with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Gloria Steinem stickers. At the end of the show’s seven-year run in 2007, Rory’s boyfriend proposes to her, but she decides that she was too young to be tied down.

Femme Fatale, Powerpuff Girls

A villain from the animated series Powerpuff Girls, Femme Fatale was described as “the feminist of all feminists,” who unfortunately was portrayed as a man-hater. When she robbed banks, she only stole money in the form of Susan B. Anthony coins. Her weapon, a firearm, is shaped like a female symbol, as is her mask. She’s a female supremist who convinces Buttercup, Blossom, and Bubbles that they have been taken advantage of, as females. However, the girls realize that feminism isn’t about special treatment, but equal treatment, and lock Femme up in jail. (Femme cries that she looks fat in horizontal stripes.)

Janice Soprano Baccalieri, The Sopranos

Manipulative and headstrong, Janice (Aida Turturro) had a personality much like her mother Livia’s. A free spirit when she was younger, she escaped the patriarchal structure of her family to travel around Europe and the U.S., only to return to New Jersey as an adult. Craving power, she would use sex and suggestion as means to an end. In one episode, Carmela tells Janice that if she continues to date the men in the “family business,” she’ll have to “accept a gumar.” Janice said, “Oh, yeah? Well I’d like to see a gumar who’s gonna let him hold a gun to their head when they fuck,” telling Carmela that kind of sex play is no different than garter belts and nurse’s uniforms. Carmela says, “Well, it’s a gun, Janice. I thought you were a feminist.” Janice replied matter-of-factly, “Usually he takes the clip out.”

Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU
20 Feminist TV CharactersAs part of the Special Victims Unit that deals in crimes related to sexual assault (rape, molestation, etc.), Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is often the empathetic voice looking out for the best interest victims. Although she is a child of her mother’s rape, Detective Benson is an advocate for Plan B in rape kits. With episodes “ripped from the headlines,” episodes deal with “sexting,” internet predators, and the idea of rape as being a “hate crime,” and the controversy of getting it classified as such.

Miranda Hobbes, Sex and the City

Of the four women characters on SATC, Miranda is the most vocal about being a feminist. A lawyer who owns her own apartment, she is cynical and initially was presented as kind of a misandrist. For a show that was supposed to embody modern feminism, Miranda was really the only character to openly profess her feminism and reference the movement in her dialogue. (In one episode she referred to Samantha as a “dime-store Camille Paglia” for her views on prostitution as being a legitimate exchange of power.)

Velma Dinkley, Scooby-Doo, The Venture Bros.
20 Feminist TV CharactersWhile many would consider the bookish, skillful, and apt Velma to be a feminist, it was never mentioned on the original Scooby-Doo series. However, on the Adult Swim animated series The Venture Bros., Velma was presented a lesbian, female elitist who viewed men as “incomplete females due to their XY chromosomes.”

Bachelor and Bachelorette
I found this article very interesting. The Bachelor and Bachelorette combine have put 24 seasons behind them. Yet, there as never been a black bachelor or bachelorette. I personally am not a fan of this show, but it makes me happy to know this is being brought to light. It’s something that should be brought to justice because not only is it unfair, it reaches out to all its viewers and shows this negative light.

Busting “Bachelor” & “Bachelorette” Bigotry: I investgate ABC’s race discrimination lawsuit for The Daily Beast & HLN

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Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

May 25th, 2012

Ten years, 24 seasons, *0* stars of color… and one racial discrimination lawsuit that, if it moves forward, could potentially transform the entertainment industry.

On Monday, I reported on the class action civil rights suit filed against ABC and the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for The Daily Beast, in what since been called “the most definitive piece on the subject.” Highlights from that piece below.

I discussed my report and the implications of this lawsuit, including why TV networks cannot legally discriminate in casting simply based on fears of viewer or advertiser preferences, with HLN’s Richelle Carey on Tuesday:

Go read the full Daily Beast piece, where you’ll find fascinating quotes from a former Bachelor staffer, a former Bachelor contestant, a high-level programming executive at a major broadcast network, a lawyer who specializes in both entertainment law and civil rights law, a TV critic, an author on interracial relationships, and more.

As just a tease, here are a few of my favorite highlights from the piece:

This suit is about contracts, not content. The case rests on the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the post–Civil War statute enacted to ensure freed slaves the ability to play active roles in commerce. The suit alleges that contracts have been denied to candidates of color for fear they’d negatively affect ratings and ad revenue, thereby violating Supreme Court rulings. “As a matter of law, defendants cannot justify their exclusion of racial minorities on the perceived racial biases of members of their television audience or their advertisers,” the complaint argues.

For a franchise whose casts resemble the segregated 1960s South, it is perhaps fitting that the class action is based on the same legal principles used to desegregate businesses during the modern civil-rights movement. “It’s a well-established area of the law. What’s new about it is it is being applied in the reality-TV setting,” Mehri said.

That’s why this case is “potentially groundbreaking,” said Berkeley professor and entertainment lawyer Russell Robinson. “Courts have consistently rejected customer-preference arguments. But because of issues of creative freedom, the entertainment industry operates untethered to the rules of antidiscrimination law,” he said. If it survives discovery to reveal internal emails, conversations, and casting call descriptions that include discriminatory remarks or assumptions about viewer and sponsor biases, Robinson said, “the lawsuit could change the industry in a significant way.”

How did The Bachelor/ette become so dominant? In an Entertainment Weekly interview cited in the lawsuit, creator Mike Fleiss said, “The romance space is ours” in part because “we cast more relatable people.” Asked if any of those stars would ever be nonwhite, Fleiss was dismissive: “I think Ashley [the seventh Bachelorette] is one 16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there!”

Indeed, producers are usually careful to “wedge in” at least one or two black, Latino, or Asian contestants among the initial 25 competitors. But they’re given comparatively little screen time and then disappear quickly—just like Lerone from the latest Bachelorette. It wasn’t until Season 6 that a black woman made it past the third episode. And in 23 seasons, only two people of color, both Latino, won the chance to become a Bachelor and Bachelorette’s future ex-fiancé.

Pressed by EW to explain his 0-in-23 record, the executive producer shifted the blame to applicants: “We always want to cast for ethnic diversity. It’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

“Nonsense. Frankly, that’s a dodge,” said St. Petersburg Times TV critic Eric Deggans, author of Race Baiter. Deggans described a “feedback loop” in which the continued invisibility of minority cast members deters people of color from applying, and probably also from watching. “The shows won’t get diverse on their own. They have to make active choices to make it happen,” he said.

According to the former Bachelor staffer, most male stars have been actively recruited, but men of color were overlooked. “In my experience on the show, there was a conversation among the staff like, ‘Does anyone know a guy with a good job? Let us know.’ The inside joke was that the whole show is Mike [Fleiss] trying to replicate himself with these alpha-male types,” he said. Calls to Fleiss and Next Entertainment were not returned. ABC and NZK declined to comment.

Fleiss’s former Bacheloremployee isn’t concerned with societal impact. “I realize this completely contradicts the FCC thing about being in service to the community, but I don’t think there’s any responsibility other than to entertain, and maximize profit for shareholders,” he said. But he does believe The Bachelor/ette is missing an economic opportunity. “They’re trying to second-guess their 18–49 female demographic. And then they’re stunned when Tyler Perry becomes a major force … Basketball Wives is the most-talked-about show in social media. Think Like a Man opened at $33 million.”

A high-level programming executive at a competing network disagrees. While it is “very important that our air be as diverse as possible in terms of gender, color, and sexual preference,” he said on condition of anonymity, “of all the franchises where this has to be handled sensitively [The Bachelor] is the one. Because there are a million landmines. The black Bachelor could eliminate all the women of color right away. Now who’s gonna be pissed? There’s so many problems.”

How many? Enough that he used the phrases “destroy the franchise” and “damage the franchise” seven times in one interview. “Let’s say ABC or Mike Fleiss says, ‘OK, you’re right. We’re wrong.’ And let’s say they cast an African-American male as The Bachelor, and half the women are white and half are African-American or other women of color. You don’t think there are groups that will go batshit over that?” he said. “Then let’s say they do it, and let’s say the ratings plummet by 40 percent. Does Mike have the right to sue the people suing him and say, ‘You forced me to destroy the franchise?’”

“I’m glad it’s ABC and not us,” he said with a laugh. “Seriously, let them deal with it.”

…attorney Mehri, who is pushing for immediate policy shifts. He also claims “social justice” among the lawsuit’s goals. “Reality TV is part of the social fabric of the country,” he said, and his clients “are doing their small part to help America become more inclusive, more tolerant.” That’s a stretch for a series built on regressive gender politics, whose female contestants declare themselves great wife material because, for instance, “I would be a servant to him.” On The Bachelorette premiere, Emily described her five-year plan as “a minivan full of babies!”

There’s a limit to how much change can be expected from a franchise whose creator believes his shows are successful because “it’s a lot of fun to watch girls crying” and that audiences have to “like the guy and hate the girls.

Read more at The Daily Beast, and “like” and tweet the piece directly from the site. Show The Daily Beast that you’d like to see more substantive reporting on media issues in the future.

Media’s effect on our culture

Media is something that is all around us, half the time we don’t even notice how much we see in our everyday lives that was put there on purpose. Women can look at these things and start to think they aren’t good enough because they don’t look like the models you see advertised and put up on billboards. Media has imbedded a false standard for women and this is what my final project will be discussing. It’s something that i find interesting because we underestimate the power it has in our everyday lives.

chapter 13

Chapter 13 wasnt my favorite but it definitely tied some things together. Talked about things that we have learned throughout the whole class, and made me realize how much i’ve learned in these few weeks. I was happy to hear the report that more than half bachelors degree’s are being earned by women. That just shows how far along we’ve come. If nothing had changed life today would be entirely different. I’m sitting here trying to imagine what I would be doing but i honestly can’t. I cant even imagine life with out the privilages I have. I owe all the thanks to the feminists before me who had fought so hard to get us to where we are today. Although we’ve come so far, its our turn, we cant stop and be content with what we have. “Silence will not protect you.” Inequality is still a factor in everyday life. Discrimmination is still present everywhere, and nothing will change unless we fight for what we think is morally right.

I enjoyed the reading, we havent really talked about the men involvement in the feminist movement. It’s nice hearing about men taking action. I think that if more men realized what feminism is all about we might be seeing some change in alot of things. I enjoyed this class alot, i learned so much, i liked how everything we read and talked about was so straight forward. Its refreshing to have a class like this that talks about real life things such as these. It also opened my eyes to so many things that I never thought twice about. How much media impacts our everyday lives for example. I never noticed the magazines I was reading were putting an idea into my head that i had to act or look this way to be considered beautiful. I enjoyed the use of tumblr also.

Hello everyone, I’m Jenna Harre. I currently reside in Carbondale, I work at the Daily Egyptian as a Classified Ad Rep. Physical Therapist Assistant is the career path I’ve chosen and I am a second year student in the program here at SIU. In which if all goes as planned I will be graduating in May, and hopefully finding myself a job with the Cardinals (dreaming big) or a job in general would be nice too. I’m from a small town called Nashville. No, not Tennessee, its about an hour away from Carbondale. I’m the youngest child of three, in a loving and supportive family that I’m blessed to have. Here are a few of my favorite things in no particular order; pickles, boating, my dog, meeting new people, sports, my amazing friends, sweatpants and trying new things. This class should have a lot to teach me because I don’t know much about feminism, so I am curious to find out. I’ve taken online classes the past two summers and have enjoyed them, I am sure this class will be the same!