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Geena Davis Lobbies for Bill to Improve Image of Women in Media
TheWrap.com ^ | 7-13-11 | Cassie M. Chew

Posted on 07/18/2011 2:28:38 AM PDT by Keltik

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis joined Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D- WI) on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would support efforts to improve the image of girls and women in the media.

“I am proud to join with Sen. Hagan and Rep. Baldwin to promote gender equality and positive portrayals of women and girls in the media,” Davis said in a statement. “What children see affects their attitudes toward male and female roles and impacts the value they place on girls and women in society. The Healthy Media for Youth Act will help ensure we are creating a positive media environment for all our children.”

The legislation would provide grants to encourage and support media literacy programs and youth empowerment groups, facilitate research on how depictions of women and girls in the media affect youth. It also would establish a National Taskforce on Women and Girls in the Media, intended to develop voluntary standards that promote healthy, balanced, and positive images of girls and women in the media.

The bill's introduction coincides with the first meeting of the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, co-chaired by Davis and former FCC Chairman Deborah Taylor Tate. With representatives from more than 30 media and women's organizations, the commission’s goals include developing best practices for improving the images of women in the film industry.

Davis founded an institute on gender equality in media and has been collecting research on women in film for the past six years. According to its research, negative and stereotypical images of women have persisted Hollywood for decades. “When there is a woman working in as a writer or producer in a film, there is a greater chance that the film will include more positive images of women and girls,” Davis said


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: feminism; media

1 posted on 07/18/2011 2:28:45 AM PDT by Keltik
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Oh, I see THIS going over well...


2 posted on 07/18/2011 2:35:48 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: RandallFlagg

She can be every bit of the slut she desires to be!


3 posted on 07/18/2011 2:40:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution)
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To: Keltik

This is satire, right?


4 posted on 07/18/2011 2:40:12 AM PDT by MichiganConservative (We would all be better off if the federal government just decided to end itself.)
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To: RandallFlagg; Keltik

5 posted on 07/18/2011 2:41:20 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Keltik
According to its research, negative and stereotypical images of women have persisted Hollywood for decades.

Too funny. Hollywood has stables of women willing to act like bimbos for a paycheck. The only 'bill' that is effective on that moonscape is green in color.

6 posted on 07/18/2011 2:47:51 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: Keltik
Spend ... more ... money ... There is no end to programs and spending designed to help us to a debt grave.
7 posted on 07/18/2011 2:50:17 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Keltik

....another useless POS comes out of Hollywood


8 posted on 07/18/2011 3:07:37 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Keltik

So the idea is to get liberals who control Hollywood and treat women terribly out of power? How will legislation accomplish that. Of course, if we can have people in Hollywood who respect strong women like Palin and Bachmann, it would be nice. But I oppose legislation for this purpose.


9 posted on 07/18/2011 3:14:11 AM PDT by MacombBob
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To: Keltik

Why don’t you start by telling your colleagues in hollywood to stop the idiotic attacks on Sarah Palin and her family, Geena?


10 posted on 07/18/2011 3:14:23 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Doogle

You wrote: “....another useless POS comes out of Hollywood.”

Geena Davis is another Northeast Liberal from.... you got it, Masssachusetts.

She is from Wareham, MA about 30 minutes south of Boston.

Go figure!


11 posted on 07/18/2011 3:15:44 AM PDT by Joe Marine 76 ("It's The Natural Born Citizenship, Stupid!")
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To: Joe Marine 76

....speaking from the entertainment sector...


12 posted on 07/18/2011 3:30:47 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Keltik

Yeah, that’s it that’s the ticket. There oughta be a law making everyone say what I think they should say in the way I like to hear it. In other words, “shut up”, she explained.

Why should anyone be obliged to take anybody who would get within smelling distance of an idea like this seriously?


13 posted on 07/18/2011 3:57:25 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Keltik

...from one of the stars of “Earth Girls are Easy”.


14 posted on 07/18/2011 3:59:38 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Doogle

“....speaking from the entertainment sector...”

True.


15 posted on 07/18/2011 4:15:27 AM PDT by Joe Marine 76 ("It's The Natural Born Citizenship, Stupid!")
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To: Keltik
This is the sort of stuff that makes it so hard to come up with material at The Onion.
16 posted on 07/18/2011 4:17:04 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: Joe Marine 76
Not only is Davis an ivy-covered liberal from Massachusetts, she is Mensa (members are all in top 2% of intelligence testing).

Her career has faded, she's no longer the glamor girl, she's 55 and way, way over-chubby. This is when these driven women really rev up in liberal causes.

A purported role model to women everywhere due to her causes, Davis has been married four times, the latest husband being an Iranian plastic surgeon.

No doubt she'll be testifying before Congress soon as an "expert" on things like there's not enough girls in sports due to discrimination.

Are we going to relieve the 50's and 60's with this aging leftist? Why don't these Hollyweirdos who think we're all racists and sexists just retire gracefully and stop trying to remake us in their pitiful images.

Susan Sarandon, move over, here comes Geeeeeeeeeeee-na.

Leni

17 posted on 07/18/2011 4:24:15 AM PDT by MinuteGal (We need ObamaCare Like Nancy Pelosi Needs a Halloween Mask)
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To: Keltik

It is no surprise that Kay Hagan is involved...she never saw any spending she didn’t like.

What is a surprise is that these women think they have a problem. There has been constant and unrelenting male bashing and denigration going on. We certainly don’t need more of it. Nor should the taxpayers be a part of it.


18 posted on 07/18/2011 4:29:50 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: MinuteGal

I dislike her politics (both of their politics, actually), but I thought Susan Sarandon was better than Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise.


19 posted on 07/18/2011 4:53:58 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: Keltik

Yes we need to have more shows with women portrayed as far more intelligent with smart ass attitudes towards their apparently “stupid “ husbands. Yep... that will do it.


20 posted on 07/18/2011 4:56:59 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Keltik


"Whats the problem with having better looking women on television?"
21 posted on 07/18/2011 4:58:01 AM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: Keltik

I don’t suppose she has noticed that according to the media — especially on TV and most especially on commercials — the absolute dumbest, most clueless people in the world are white males.


22 posted on 07/18/2011 5:11:49 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Keltik

She wants all the women in the Media to look like Rachel Maddow?


23 posted on 07/18/2011 5:18:51 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: rhoda_penmark; Keltik

>>> from one of the stars of “Earth Girls are Easy”

as well as A League of Their Own, Thelma and Louise, and Beetle Juice. Not too bad.


24 posted on 07/18/2011 5:19:28 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Keltik
The legislation would provide grants ...

If you're already 4 trillion in debt, what's a few million more if it makes Geena Davis and Kay Hagan feel good about themselves? After all, we should be kind to the mentally challenged.

25 posted on 07/18/2011 5:23:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: RandallFlagg

Over a cliff, maybe...


26 posted on 07/18/2011 5:24:01 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Keltik

These Congress critters have too much time on their hands. Another feel-good, make-a-difference, useless piece of regulation that ultimately costs money.

Congress should meet every other year unless there is a national emergency. They should make DC into a theme park and charge admission to underwrite the expense. They should establish a new capitol in the middle of Missouri or Nebraska about 30 miles from the nearest Interstate and should live in dormitories while in session.

Then, we’d see a lot of this nonsense stop.

We’ve become a silly country doing a lot of silly things.


27 posted on 07/18/2011 5:41:30 AM PDT by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

One of my favorites!!!

28 posted on 07/18/2011 6:05:26 AM PDT by catman67
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To: MinuteGal
...way, way over-chubby.


29 posted on 07/18/2011 6:25:19 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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