This week, the Women’s Media Center and its partner organizations launched an anti-sexism campaign titled, Name It. Change It (NICI). And boy, do they mean it. The initiative associated with feminist goddess Gloria Steinem to address misogyny toward policy makers and candidates held an official kick-off event. Within days the campaign spoke up for…..(wait for it)….Sarah Palin that conservative trash-talking, governorship-quitting, palm-as-note-card-using, Tea-Party-leading, Dr. Laura-defending, anti-choice-advocating, fake-feministing, know-nothing, so and so.
It’s safe to say WMC leans left. The organization said Democratic leaders were throwing women’s abortion rights under the bus during health reform and outed CBS’s Superbowl ad hypocrisy. But defending Palin?!
In response to an 18-page Vanity Fair expose’ on Sarah Palin, the Name It. Change It. alert system described the piece as “just plain sexist” and word is they intend to take further action. Here’s their message sent via social media:
RT @nameitchangeit @vanityfairmag coverage of @sarahpalinusa = Just Plain Sexist. #justplainsexist #NICI #smellslikesexism
There is no clear consensus on how offensive VF’s article is but others seem to agree it was out of bounds. Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert described it as “devastating” and New York Times columnist Charles Blow summed it up nicely on Twitter this way:
RT @CharlesMBlow: Vanity Fair’s profile of Palin includes references to Spanx and push-up bras. http://tinyurl.com/24jole2 Did they really need to go there? Wed, Sep 01 2010 – 7:08 pm
Don’t get me wrong. I cringe when the news room sounds like a locker room. (*cough* MorningJoe) The emphasis on pant suits versus professionalism certainly needs to change. But don’t WMC and NICI realize they’re liberal? and that we all pretty much uniformly hate Sarah Palin? These organizations must take their anti-sexism commitment seriously and, if I didn’t know better, are making a principled stand on behalf of someone they disagree with. Yep. That’s sounds about right. You got that, Conservatives?