Stop the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in the Huffington Post
  • Petitioned Roy Sekoff

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Editor, Huffington Post
Roy Sekoff
Executive Editor, Huffington Post
Timothy L. O'Brien
Editorial Director, Huffington Post
Howard Fineman
President and Editor-In-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna Huffington
Chairman and CEO, AOL Corp
Tim Armstrong

Stop the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in the Huffington Post

    1. Seth Matlins
    2. Petition by

      Seth Matlins

      Los Angeles, CA

We're asking you to stop the Huffington Post's routine and rampant objectification and sexualization of women. Huffington Post's salacious, SEO-friendly headlines may drive traffic and revenue, but at what cost to girls' and women's self-esteem, and with what cultural effect and impact?

When your name's on the masthead and your progressive principles and values on the record, we think you have a special responsibility. Many of your headlines are antithetical to these principals and values, to your personal brand, the HPMG brand and business, and most importantly they do not serve the women and men who make up your readership and ad-base.

Further, AOL (Huffington Post Media Group's corporate parent) defines diversity and inclusion as core values and speaks to an understanding of its responsibility to "leverage the power of the internet to improve the world." Headlines like "When a Good Dress goes VERY Sexy" and "NSFW: Former Beauty Queen Flashes Her Headlights" -- just two examples of many sexualized and objectifying examples from your front page -- don't do this; are inconsistent with your values and more fitting for a MAXIM than a news source.

You've long been a champion and example for women. You've written about how corporate greed is undermining America; and celebrated the "female force, women shaping modern history and culture". We ask you to be true to these values, your values, and that you use your platform as President and Editor-in-Chief to stop the objectification, sexualization, and stereotyping. It holds gender equality, the conversation, and women and girls back.

The power and platform are yours. Like all of popular culture, your organization influences and shapes how we feel, what we think, talk and wonder about. It - and you and the HPMG - can wield this power for good and ill, passively or actively. It's your choice, of course, but nothing speaks louder than words besides actions. We hope a look at some of your words will lead you to the right action and a change in Huffington Post's Headline practices and policy. Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Ask JetBlue & IKEA to Stop HuffPo Ads Until HuffPo Stops Sexualizing Women

      Seth Matlins
      Petition Organizer

      Because of YOUR SUPPORT, we've been in regular contact with Arianna Huffington and her HuffPo staff about their sexist headlines and images. But even though they're listening, they're not yet saying they'll change. So now we're asking some of their advertisers to stop supporting Huffington Post until they stop objectifying and sexualizing women. We're pretty sure JetBlue and IKEA don't support sexism, but their ad dollars on HP do. Will you sign and share this new petition, asking them to ASK ARIANNA TO STOP? http://chn.ge/ZG4yPo THANK YOU.

      JetBlue and IKEA: Stop Advertising on HuffPo Until They Stop Sexualizing Women.

      JetBlue and IKEA: Your Ad Dollars Are Supporting Huffington Post's Sexist SEO Strategy and their Stereotyping and Objectification of Women. "INSANE SideBoob", "Jessie J's Bikini Leaves Little To The Imagination", "NSFW: Former Beauty Queen Flashes Her Headlights", "Celebrity Skin", "Nicole S Wishes She Were More Slutty" If these headlines and images represent the content you want to surround your brand with and your view of how a "news" site should represent women, there's no need to read futher.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Thanks for Standing Up For Women

      Seth Matlins
      Petition Organizer

      With 29 signatures in day 1 we're off to a BLAZING start :). Help us make the point that HP's objectification of women is offensive and inconsistent with their stated values. Pls post the petition url in/on your feeds and invite your friends to fight for what's right. Change, it don't come easy. http://chn.ge/WPhcau

      Arianna Huffington: Stop the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in the Huffington Post

      We urge you to stop objectifying and sexualizing women. Huffington Post's salacious, SEO-friendly headlines may drive traffic and revenue, but at what cost to girls and women's self-esteem and with what cultural effect and impact? When your name's on the masthead and your progressive principles and values on the record, you have a special responsibility.

    4. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Julia Elizabeth PERKASIE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I love to read the Huffington Post, but sexual objectification isn't newsworthy. I read the Huffington Post for news, not to read about the revealing clothes celebrities wear. If I wanted to read about that, I would read a celebrity gossip magazine.

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    • Anitamarie B POTTSTOWN, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an AOL subscriber and I am offended by the Huffington Post headlines. I have complained to AOL multiple times. The Huffington Post is like reading a newspaper for teenage boys. GROW UP

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    • NO Fuku VOX, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      END PATRIARCHY!

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    • Ingrid Ferreira EASTON,, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Im also a mother of a teen girl n to see young models displayed as a sexual object is sad and demoralizing. Girls are more than only a beautiful body and face. They are sisters, daughers, aunts, cousins, nieces and one day they will be mothers. Sexualization of woman increases human traffic and lack of respect for girls and woman.

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    • Carolyn Kane EUCLID, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      It should be important to all women

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