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Petitioning Editor, Huffington Post Roy Sekoff and 4 others

Stop the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in the Huffington Post


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.

Letter to
Editor, Huffington Post Roy Sekoff
Executive Editor, Huffington Post Timothy L. O'Brien
Editorial Director, Huffington Post Howard Fineman
and 2 others
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

Dear Arianna:

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, you have a special responsibility. Many of your headlines are antithetical to these, 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 the ones below, collected from your front page over just a few days, don't do this; are inconsistent with your values and more fitting for a MAXIM then a news source. Consider these verbatims:


1. Khloe Kardashian: My Vagina Smells Like Roses
2. PHOTOS: When a Good Dress goes VERY Sexy
3. What Women Should Never Say to Guys During Super Bowl
4. This Supermodel STILL Looks Amazing
5. NSFW: Former Beauty Queen Flashes Her Headlights
6. Wardrobe Malfunctions
7. More Wardrobe Malfunctions
8. Miley's Midriff
9. Rachel's Tiny Shorts
10. Juliane's Risky Dress
11. Jessica's Skin Tight Dress
12. J-Law Goes Low Cut
13. Keira Talks Knickers
14. Denise's Skinny Pics
15. PHOTOS: Mischa Barton Leaves Her Bra At Home
16. Miley Shows Too Much Skin
17. Miranda's Lingerie Photoshoot
18. Kerry Without Make-up
19. Stars Who Showed Too Much
20. Jennifer's Jumpsuit
21. Best & Worst Beauty
22. WATCH: 8 Sexist Super Bowl Ads We'll Never Forget
23. 'Girls' Star Debuts Boob Window Dress
24. LOOK: Users of Gay Hookup App Under Fire for Bizarre Photo Trend
25. PHOTOS: Super Bowl Eye Candy
26. PHOTOS: It's Burberry and Strippers For Harry Styles
27. WATCH: What I Learned From Cheating on My Husband
28. Jennifer Lawrence Overdoses On The Bronzer
29. Miley Cyrus Doesn't Leave Much to the Imagination
30. Jessica Alba's Body is Banana
31. LOOK: Dress Disappears When You Get Aroused

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.

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