Sarah Foss

November, 2015

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Merci to the Media

I was sitting in the hotel room in London when I decided to flip on the telly Friday night. It had been a long week – multiple flights and too many meetings – and I figured watching some British entertainment would allow me to relax.

18 Dead in Paris Shooting…100 Hostages…Bombing at International Football Match…

I lived in Paris from 2004-2006. I pictured the cafes, the busy Friday night family outings. I could hear the jazz and assorted languages stream from the venues. For as much as Paris is quintessentially the capital of France, it is also one of those places that truly belongs to the world. It is the City of Love.

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Amanda Holdsworth

August, 2015

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My Current Media Obsession

As parents, my husband and I try to limit our daughter’s screen time to mostly educational children’s shows such as “Sesame Street” and “Super Why!” But let’s be honest here: there are days where work and school completely does us in and we want to do nothing more than zone out in front of the television. Herein lies my current media obsession: finding entertaining-TV-shows-that-we-can-watch-in-front-of-our-children-but-do-not-feature-any-sort-of-cartoon-character-or-singing. You would think it would be an easy task considering we have more accessible channels now compared to 30 years ago. Yet, gone are the days of “Full House,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” that used to compete for screen time at my parents’ house growing up.

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Becca Bentley-Mila

July, 2015

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Why Are We Allowing Media To Define Gender Roles

In an attempt to simplify the complicated nature of men and women, society has allowed media to define and otherwise perpetuate gender stereotypes that dumb down the human experience. And, in its attempt to elevate one gender, denigrate the other.

Turn on any prime-time channel and you will see one of several scenarios. Men lead and women follow. Women lead and men are buffoons. Or worse yet, men are the aggressors and women are the victims. Rarely are men shown as capable of being equal partners with the women in their lives.

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Susan Konig

July, 2015

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Trending: The Moms of New York

Entertainment geared towards women follows certain trends.

We’ve had the whole Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon featuring a curious young woman willingly subjecting herself to the punishment of a dashing, super wealthy man.

Now we have the hot new TV series Odd Mom Out and bestselling memoir Primates of Park Avenue featuring super wealthy young women of New York’s super wealthy Upper East Side willingly subjecting themselves to the punishment of dashing, super wealthy men, grueling spin classes, and steady diets of kale.

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Amanda Morris

July, 2015

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ADA: Opening Doors to Opportunity for 25 Years

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) should really be renamed the American Abilities Act, because that is its primary focus. The American Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, shifted America‟s viewpoint on those with disabilities. Instead of looking at what disabled people couldn‟t do, the ADA helped Americans to focus on what disabled people can do.

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