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Caitlyn Jenner Ends Kardashian Tabloid Tyranny

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Congratulations to Caitlyn Jenner on coming out as a transgender woman. Who wouldn’t applaud such bravery in the public eye? But I am applauding for a different reason.

When Jenner announced to Diane Sawyer that he was in the process of transforming into a woman, he single-handedly threw the Kardashians off the covers of the tabloids. As someone who spends a considerable amount of time waiting in line to pay for groceries, I wouldn’t mind seeing some new faces on the tabloid covers, but at the very least, I’d like to see anyone other than a Kardashian. So, God bless you, Caitlyn. You are such a breath of fresh air. And you are very brave. You are not only brave for making your transition in a very public way, but you are most brave for one-upping the Kardashian media machine.

You are the big story now. The big kahuna. And there isn’t a real or fabricated story the Kardashians can come up with to knock you off the pedestal. That must be difficult for them in these trying times. Of course they will need counseling to help them cope with the loss of attention. They will need to share their feelings of loss and inadequacy with each other. They will also need to cry and whine and fight with each other, because your story has impacted their lives in so many ways, including but not limited to fewer tabloid covers for them.

Few of us probably realize how difficult it is to wake up one day and find that people are no longer pondering whether your butt is real or fake. Or whether you will ever get pregnant again. Or what compass direction you will name your next child after. It must be upsetting to walk past a newsstand and not see your picture looking out at the passersby. You must be sad when all of a sudden the paparazzi don’t show up at the restaurant even after you’ve called them to inform them of your whereabouts.

But now that Caitlyn has graced the cover of Vanity Fair, the complete takeover of the checkout aisle is almost complete. It’ll be a Kardashian-free zone for a few weeks. Fists in the air! Viva La Revolucion! Who’s with me?

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What Tabloid Headlines Would Look Like Without The Sexism

Magazine tabloids tend to treat women like zoo animals instead of people.

Created by college students Erin Valentine and Ashley McGetrick, a new project called “Breaking News: Deconstructing Entertainment Journalism” highlights the rampant sexism in entertainment media by revealing what headlines would look like if tabloids treated female celebrities like real people.

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The two seniors at Elon University created the project for their capstone course on women and gender in the media.

“By translating these headlines to be more feminist-friendly, we hoped to call out sexist and unequal cultural influences, especially of celebrities, in the media,” Valentine told The Huffington Post. “Sensationalized tabloid media preys on the female body and an idealized version of ‘womanhood.'”

Headlines involving female celebrities are notorious for objectifying women, Valentine said. From shaming women who go makeup-free to criticizing women for wearing gym clothes, tabloids subject women to a lot of sexism that men rarely experience.

“Whether in line at the grocery store, scrolling through Facebook or flipping through television channels, it is hard to miss headlines worshiping, critiquing or questioning the physiques and lifestyles of female public figures,” Valentine said. “While seemingly harmless, these hyped up headlines attack more than just the people pictured.”

It’s not only the headlines that are implicitly sexist, but the stories written about these female celebrities. Instead of writing about how hard-working Blake Lively is when she attends dozens of events in one day, stories are written about how many outfits she wore.

Valentine noted that consumers do have an impact on these headlines. “They should also acknowledge that they have the power to push back as viewers and as the audience to encourage more feminist-friendly entertainment journalism,” she said.

Check out some of Valentine’s and McGetrick’s feminist-friendly headlines below.

Head over to Valentine’s and McGetrick’s project website to read more.

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