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Thousands Call for Removal of Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review Editor

June 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Last month, Broad Street Review editor-in-chief Dan Rottenberg published a reprehensible editor’s note blaming CBS's Lara Logan for the sexual violence committed against her while covering the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Rottenberg’s callous words attracted the attention of the Women’s Media Center – founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem – who started a petition calling for Rottenberg’s ousting. More than 12,000 people have signed the petition asking that the Board of the Broad Street Review remove Rottenberg.

“It’s tremendously heartening to see such a strong nationwide response through our petition,” said Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center.  “Every signature represents an individual taking action to let the Broad Street Review know how unacceptable Rottenberg's commentary was.”

Rottenberg’s editor’s note, titled “Male Sexual Abuse and Female Naivete,” equates Lara Logan’s gang rape with “getting laid.”

He wrote: “Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid."

Pressure is mounting for the Board of the Broad Street Review as the Women’s Media Center petition has raised a national outcry, gathering more than 12,000 signatures from across the country – and 400 comments that reveal that signers feel as strongly as the petition starters about removing Rottenberg.

View the Women’s Media Center campaign: is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 300,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.


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