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Counterpunch and Sexism


 

Fowler fails to acknowledge this and uses Jolie’s celebrity to try to strip her of her fundamental humanity. The title of her first article, “Angelia Jolie: On Privilege, Tits, and Being Dumb,” reduces Jolie to a pair of “tits” in a move not that different from the sensationalist media that routinely objectifies women.

As Sharon Smith noted in her critique of Fowler’s original piece, which Counterpunch refused to post, “using boob jokes to introduce an article about undergoing a double mastectomy to prevent a potentially deadly disease constitutes a descent from sexism to misogyny.”

 

Julian Vigo in her response to Smith focuses her critique on the use of the term “tit” defending its use by Fowler and responding with what we expect a typical male undergraduate student to say when first introduced to the notion of women’s objectification: “Counterpunch also uses titles with 'dick,' 'penis,' and 'cock' in them.”

 

The problem with these articles in Counterpunch is that they use a left cover to re-cycle sexist tropes while hiding behind class outrage.

ACLU has taken Myriad to court about their patent monopoly creating an opening to critique the for-profit health care system.

150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>ridicules Jolie’s wealth and celebrity in a mean-spirited effort to discredit her attempts to educate other women about how to preserve personal dignity in the face of medical trauma. 

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color:black”>When women negotiate the health industry they face a double jeopardy: the everyday scrutiny of female bodies and sexualities are heightened and pathologized. To this is added the fear and horror of care being solely determined by affordability. 

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color:black”>Any attempt to shed light on this difficult process, regardless of the class of the person that it comes from, should be welcomed. When a "celebrity" such as Jolie speaks about double mastectomy not affecting her femininity she is bringing relief to many women who are caught in this trap of gender and class. And because she is a celebrity (who need not have exposed herself to such scrutiny we might add), she created a larger space in the mainstream media to reflect on these issues. 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>1.   
Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor, Media Studies, Rutgers University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>2.    Tithi Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, History, Purdue University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>3.    Bill Mullen, Professor, English, Purdue University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>4.    Janet Staiger, Professor Emeritus, Radio-Television-Film and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>5.    Janet Afary, Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion and Modernity, Professor, Religious Studies and Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>6.    Radhika Parameswaran, Professor, School of Journalism, Indiana University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>7.    Deborah Tudor, Associate Dean, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Southern Illinois University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>8.    Lisa McLaughlin, Ph.D., Department of Media, Journalism and Film and Program in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Miami University-Ohio

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>9.    Cynthia Carter, Co-editor Feminist Media Studies, Senior Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>10. Vicki Mayer, Editor, Television & New Media, Professor, Communication, Tulane University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>11. Margot Mifflin, Associate Professor, Lehman College/CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>12. Nirmala Erevelles, Professor, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, University of Alabama

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>13. Robin R. Means Coleman, Associate Professor, Communication, University of Michigan

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>14. Radhika Gajjala, Professor, School of Media and Communication and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>15. Helen Scott, Associate Professor, English, University of Vermont

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>16. Saadia Toor, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Staten Island

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>17. Des Freedman, Reader, Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>18. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association, New Delhi, India

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>19. David McNally, Professor, Political Science, York University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>20. Paul Kellogg, Assistant Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, Canada

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>21. Sue Ferguson, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario, Canada

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>22. Dana Cloud, Associate Professor, University of Texas-Austin

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>23. Pranav Jani, Associate Professor, English, Ohio State University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>24. Pam Tracy, Associate Professor, Communication, Longwood University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>25. Regina Marchi, Associate Professor, Media Studies, Rutgers University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>26. Maurice Stevens, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>27. Basuli Deb, Assistant Professor, English and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>28. Patrick Jones, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>29. Patrick L. Gallagher, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>30. Jeff Bale, Assistant Professor, Dept of Teacher Education, Michigan State University 

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>31. Phil Gasper, Philosophy Instructor, Madison College

 

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Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana”>32. Keith Danner, Lecturer, English, University of California, Irvine

 

 

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