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At UN, Geena Davis Hits Hyper Sexual Portrayal of Women, Ahmadinejad Echoes

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 28 -- With the UN abuzz with talk of women's rights, actress Geena Davis spoke to the Press Monday about the “hyper sexualized” portrayal of female characters in the media. She spoke of the showing of too much skin, of unrealistic curves.

  It was somehow reminiscent of a UN appearance the previous money by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who when Inner City Press asked about women's rights in Iran said that the West is worse, in its portrayal of woman as sex objects. Click here for that.

Inner City Press asked Geena Davis is she saw any overlap between her critique of media objectification of women and that of Ahmadinejad. Ms. Davis did not directly answer -- understandably, one of her UN handlers afterward said -- but rather turned her answer to the topic of Halloween, and the inability when getting a witch costume to get anything but the sexy witch. Video here, from Minute 29:58.

The UN hook, if there was one, was Ms. Davis' statement that she is partnering with UNIFEM. Inner City Press asked her to describe this partnership, what they work on together. “We haven't developed any specific projects,” Ms. Davis answered, adding that perhaps the new UN Gender Entity would.

Geena David and UNIFEM's Alberdi, specific projects and Ahmadinejad not shown

On a big screen in the ECOSOC chamber, the image of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet “live” from Johannesburg was frozen. Ms. Bachelet, to whom the top Gender Entity post was offered, Inner City Press is told, but rejected after the UN turned her down for UNICEF, deeming it an American job, was supposed to be in New York to appear in person. But that was conditioned on Chile already having lost in the World Cup. That wouldn't be until Monday afternoon, 3 to 1.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

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