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message 1: by Sascha (last edited Oct 05, 2017 02:32AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments I have decided to start a new topic. I don't wanna irritate anyone because I know there is already a thread called "Feminism in the media" but to me it seems that the other thread is not so focused on the special issue which I would find interesting to discuss here:

How are women represented and portrayed in the media? And what can we do together against the reproduction of gender stereotypes, sexism and lack of diversity in the media? How can we achieve progress on the field of equality, emancipation and diversity on the level of media? We could also share information and discuss about feminist media you know which already are acting in this direction and making progress on the field of women's emancipation on the level of media.

So I hope you will welcome this new thread and participate by sharing information and discussing the issue here.

My first contribution here is the following video by the initiative Stop BILD Sexism which is struggling against sexism in the biggest daily paper in Europe which is the BILD Zeitung in Germany. In this video they show how the BILD Zeitung is a big part of the problem and they make it clear that change is needed to prevent sexist and misogynist discrimination, oppression and violence. The video is unfortunately only in german and even worse, I didn't find it on any other source than Facebook.


Here are some links that may offer exciting basics for education and help with tools for action to make a change. Please feel free to add any feminist media which you think are appropriate in this concern.


message 2: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments good stuff but why not post it in the current thread. its relevant to that discussion.

message 3: by Alyson (new)

Alyson Stone (alysonserenastone) | 149 comments You really have lots of good stuff here! Thanks for sharing!

message 4: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Exciting news! Pinkstinks is starting a brandnew award to celebrate progressive ads. They wanna build consciousness for antisexism and diverse images of gender representation in ads.

This time they will try something new as the folks of Pinkstinks don't want to limit their activities to just criticize sexism, discrimination and gender stereotypes in ads which is their main agenda for which they are usually known.

For this aim they have also started the werbemelder*in (advertising monitor) a short while ago where you can report sexist stereotypes and discrimination in ads and where those ads are collected on a map and therefore you have an easy overview where those problematic ads are located : https://werbemelder.in

Now this time they want to encourage a more positive perspective and approach. So Pinkstinks is inviting you to the first "Pinker Pudel" (pink poodle) award on March 1, 2018 in Hamburg where progressive ads will be celebrated: https://pinkstinks.de/der-erste-deuts...

The idea is to make the first award for ads where positive and diverse gender images are represented without stereotypes and discrimination. There exist already some awards with similar background and goals but they have a more ironic approach as those awards just give the price to those companies with the most sexist ads full of gender stereotypes - and the aim is more to shame those companies for their sexist discrimination.

Now you are invited to participate and send in your suggestions for positive examples of progressive ads until February 1, 2018. Pinkstinks will also share some free tickets for the event in Hamburg.

The partners cooperating with Pinkstinks for this award are the Missy Magazine among others and they even managed to convince the umbrella organization of the german advertising industry to patricipate.

Here you can watch one example of an advertising with a positive and progressive message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoq01...

PS: I didn't want to start a new thread for this and though I have searched in the archive, I didn't find any appropriate thread that already exists on OSS and where relevant questions for this issue are discussed. So I am going to post it here although it is not so much about media but more relevant for the issue of advertising.

message 5: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Wow, that is really great. I'll definitely tell them when I find something:)
Glad to see some feminism at home, we need it more than one would first think.

message 6: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments progress wherever we look these days :)

message 7: by Ross (last edited Dec 01, 2017 02:41AM) (new)

Ross | 1444 comments some work to raise profile for women in the previously male dominated, in terms of representation and content, world of stand up comedy.

Gloria Steinem is having a go :)


message 8: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments This looks like a powerful but worth while watch.


message 9: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Interesting debate historian interview Hillary Clinton.


message 10: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments So yesterday I discovered this intersectional feminist publication, called WearYourVoice magazine. They especially focus on black and brown women, femmes, non-binary folks as well as disabled and queer folks, who are black and brown.

I don't know if that is what you were thinking of when you created that topic, Sascha, but I have found this article:

message 11: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments MeerderWörter wrote: "I don't know if that is what you were thinking of when you created that topic, Sascha, but I have found this article"

I didn't have any specific idea about what concrete media could be posted here. I think any feminist media which the forum participants find appropriate will fit in here. And if the media has a focus on intersectional issues, then in my opinion this is even better. :)

message 12: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments I just came across this Thunderclap action, which will take place on December 18, 12PM GMT (UK time):

This campaign is a solidarity campaign for footballers who decide to come out.

With Thunderclap you can reach across social media boundaries, it's a bit like a TwitterStorm, but across more than just Twitter as a social platform as I understand it.
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, here I come:) I definitely sign up for this!

message 13: by Sascha (last edited Dec 06, 2017 01:51AM) (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Here comes an update for the Pinker Pudel award:

Pinkstinks is welcoming every contribution for the award - it is not limited to german ads but you can send in ads in other languages and from other countries, too - everything which you think is appropriate.

There is a section at Pinker Pudel now for international contributions to be celebrated, too. Though only ads will be awarded which were screened in Germany in the year 2017 - but Pinkstinks is also appreciating international contributions which could be an inspiration for change in the advertising industry.


message 14: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Emma wrote: "Never heard of this award before, but this is really cool!"

Not surprising as the award will take place for the first time next year! ;)
And you can read some more details about the award in my previous post (message 5 from November 29).

message 15: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments It's me again!

The Women's March Global is doing a Thunderclap at December 10, 12PM CET (that's GMT+1) to raise awareness about the slave trade in Libya.

Decemer 10 is International Human Rights Day. What is really nice that they send you a reply to thank you for your support. Again, you can do this with Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, and at this time all the accounts who signed up for it will send out one message.


message 16: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments MeerderWörter wrote: "The Women's March Global is doing a Thunderclap at December 10, 12PM CET (that's GMT+1) to raise awareness about the slave trade in Libya."

That's cool.

I think what is needed is much more awareness, political movement and direct support for all the refugees from African countries who are harassed, tortured, imprisoned, enslaved and even killed in Libya (and not just in Libya but also in other places).

I participated in two street actions in Vienna in the last weeks where we demonstrated in front of the Libyan embassy and of the European Union's building in solidarity with refugees and against the European neo-colonial and racist politics that lead to the oppression of refugees or you could even say these politics are one main cause why people have to leave their homes at all. We have been quite few people (around 100) at the assemblies but good thing is that many of the participants are people from the African community living in Vienna.

message 17: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments It is now possible to vote for your favorite ad for the Pinker Pudel award:


The winner will be announced on March 1 at the celebration in Hamburg.

message 18: by Sascha (new)

Sascha | 391 comments Great new podcast Vocal Aboutit


A podcast by @sarahas_san & @sarah_diedro celebrating women of color in Europe and featuring real talks about their lives as two WOC living in Brussels.

New episode #3 "Vocal about travelling while black and brown" just got published.

message 19: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Sascha wrote: "Great new podcast Vocal Aboutit


A podcast by @sarahas_san & @sarah_diedro celebrating women of color in Europe and featuring real talks about their lives as t..."

I only got to listen to the intro yet, but damn, they sound amazing. Also really happy that it's about Europe, WoC need to be heard here too.
And it's in English, so that's a plus point too!

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