New York Times finds a place for women on the front page

Please see update below.

The New York Times can’t seem to stop sexualizing women on its home page. This is how the paper has followed up its advertising from two days ago that featured a prominent photo of a scantily-clad woman being held hostage by a masked gunman.

What has happened to The Old Gray Lady? Putting pictures at the top of the front page of women in bikinis from the back – they don’t even have heads – is objectifying, and is disrespectful of women and especially of its female readership.

It seems like it would be a good idea to encourage children to get in the habit of reading the paper, since journalism is crucial in a Democracy. I would normally be in favor of the paper’s Newspapers in Education program. But with this? Perhaps not.

As of Friday at 10 am., still no comment on these ads from our national “newspaper of record.”

You can give feedback to the New York Times by writing to:
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Chairman & Publisher, at publisher@nytimes.com
Scott H. Heekin-Canedy, President & General Manager at president@nytimes.com

UPDATE, 4 pm Friday:

Well, I guess they heard from someone. The photos of butts in bikinis are now a little bit improved – still headless torsos, but somewhat clothed, and we’re not looking at butts anymore. Still no official comment from corporate folks.

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