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Sexism in a New Decade

January 7, 2010

You can’t open a newsletter, check the WAM list, or turn on CSPAN without hearing about Barbara Berg’s new book “Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future.” In fact, the very same day I read a review of her “immensely readable” work on modern feminism in NOW-NYC’s Newsletter, we found a clip of Berg giving a shout-out to the Women’s Media Center during a book talk at Barnes & Noble.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. This part, especially, got me excited:

I discovered renewed sexism in our national policies and our jobs; on college campuses, the Internet, and major television shows; and in our most intimate relations—an unequivocal resurgence of sexism in this country so potent, so complexly and broadly expressed, so much a product of the twenty-first century, it should be called nothing less than the sexism of mass destruction.

For the Women’s Media Center, 2010 is the year of changing the conversation, which includes working to uncover, unravel and unlearn sexism wherever it appears. This cannot be accomplished without making sure there are plenty of qualified, authoritative, progressive women powerfully and visibly represented in the media.

Kudos to Barbara, Ms. magazine contributor and friend of the WMC, for taking the first step.