Does Arianna Huffington Hate Women?
(by Feel More Better)
She probably doesn’t. And maybe it’s just us, but we think if, as Arianna does, you champion women’s rights on the one-hand maybe you shouldn’t oversee a business that objectifies, sexualizes and stereotypes women routinely on the other.
Whether doing so is moral convenience, straight-up hypocrisy, or a business-decision that ignores its social consequences…at a minimum it’s inconsistent and talking out of both sides of your mouth.
And so we started this petition to ask Arianna Huffington to consider the disconnect between what she says and what her eponymous media empire does. We figured that a leader like Arianna must not realize how routine and rampant the denigration is. She’s busy, after all and maybe she doesn’t have time to read the Huffington Post. Surely, we thought, being made aware of the problem she’d see it as an opportunity to do right, and to lead. The evidence of the objectification is so clear, so obvious, so plain to see over and over so many times each day…how could she do nothing?
But we didn’t just start a petition, we emailed her. And you know what, she emailed back in about 2 hours saying she’d be happy to discuss even if she disagrees. Now, Arianna is nothing if not politically astute, and so she’s on record as having replied…but the thing is, it doesn’t seem she’s all that happy to discuss as she hasn’t replied to any of our subsequent emails trying to set time to meet. We suspect that’s because our petition has been wildly underwhelming in its results. Women, organizations, men we’d think would have immediately stood with us on this have not. We’ve asked those who haven’t signed or supported to tell us if we’re wrong. They’ve been equally silent about this, and again, we think the evidence of the headlines speak for themselves…so how wrong could we be? We read. We can see. And so can you.
We’ve taken to trying to prove the point that seems so clear to us, by substituting Arianna’s name for another proper noun inside Huffington Post headlines and/or tweets. So if they write “Rihanna” or “Miley” we write “Arianna”. Every example below comes from them (again with the exception that we’ve changed the names to protect the objectified.) This is far from all of them over the past few weeks, but we think it continues to make the point.
Why do we keep fighting this fight in the face of no support from those we’d think would? Because we have a 7 year-old daughter and a 6 year-old son. Because if we can’t expect better from the likes of an Arianna, who do we think will lean in to change? Read the below and let us know what you think. If we’re wrong, we want to know. Oh, and please sign the petition too. Maybe we can get Arianna to reply.
- Arianna Huffington Wishes She Were More Slutty
- Arianna Huffington: My Vagina Smells Like Roses
- NSFW: Arianna Flashes Her Headlights
- Sweaty Arianna
- PHOTO: Arianna Huffington’s Swimsuit Nightmare
- Arianna For Playboy
- Arianna’s 3D Dress
- Arianna Sex Tape
- Arianna’s Hot Workout Pants
- Arianna Looks Different
- Arianna Huffington Nearly Flashes All
- Arianna’s Midriff
- Arianna’s Tiny Shorts
- Arianna’s Risky Dress
- Arianna’s Skin Tight Dress
- Arianna Goes Low Cut
- Arianna Talks Knickers
- Arianna’s Skinny Pics
- PHOTOS: Arianna Huffington Leaves Her Bra At Home
- Arianna Shows Too Much Skin
- Arianna’s Lingerie Photoshoot
- Arianna Without Make-up
- Arianna’s Jumpsuit
- Arianna Debuts Boob Window Dress
- Arianna Huffington Overdoses On The Bronzer
- Arianna Huffington Doesn’t Leave Much to the Imagination
- Arianna Huffington’s Body is Bananas
- PHOTOS: Arianna Huffington Goes Sheer on the Red Carpet
- Arianna Flashes Tummy
- Arianna Looks Different
- Arianna Huffington is Super Skinny 11 Months After Baby
- NSFW PHOTOS: Arianna Suffers Nip Slip on Runway
- What the Heck Is Arianna Huffington Wearing
- WHOOPS: Arianna Flashes Her Panties
- Arianna Huffington Accused of Facelift
- Does Arianna Huffington Look Different
- Arianna Huffington Sex Tape
- Arianna Not Wearing Much
- LOOK: Arianna Without Make-Up
- WATCH: Arianna Huffington’s cleavage Proves Distracting For Jay Leno
- Arianna’s Miniscule Bikini
- We Bet You Didn’t Know Arianna Posed For Playboy
- We Didn’t Realize Arianna Huffington Was This TINY
- Arianna Huffington Baring LOTS of Skin. Who’s Surprised?
- Arianna Goes Pantsless
- Arianna Huffington Shoots Sexy Carl’s Junior Ad
- Arianna Stuns in Tiny Shorts
- Arianna Huffington Flaunts Hear Curves in a Strong Bikini
- Arianna’s Butt Makes An Appearance At Soccer Game
- Arianna Relaxes in Little Bikini
- Is Arianna Huffington Suffering From Nipplegate?
- LOOK: Arianna Sports Sexy T-shirt (And Nothing Else) For Good Cause
- Arianna Gained HOW MUCH Baby Weight?
- Arianna Huffington Flashes Sideboob On Her Latest Cover
(Oh, and the post photo is obviously a cut and paste, and only Arianna from the neck up. Hopefully, you and she get the visual metaphor.)