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How Cosmopolitan and the feminist movement became unlikely allies

Posted in Betty Friedan, Cosmo Magazine, Feminism, Helen Gurley Brown, NOW, Sexual Revolution, Subverted, Women's Movement with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2019 by saynsumthn

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Magazine, recently in the news again for being dropped from checkout stands by Walmart, helped to push the sexual revolution of the 1960s. It did so by creating a “persona” of the perfect woman it labeled the “Cosmo Girl.” In her book, “Subverted: How I helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement,” author Sue Ellen Browder claims that the Cosmo Girl was a “mask the single girl, lonely and alone in the world, could put on to turn herself into the object of a man’s sexual fantasies.” Browder knows this well; she worked for Cosmopolitan Magazine under the direction of its editor, Helen Gurley Brown.

Image: Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan editor

Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan editor

The Cosmo Girl was “an illusion”

Helen Gurley Brown took over Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1965, when the magazine’s circulation was falling. A report by the New York Times detailed the transition:

A secretary-turned-advertising-copywriter, Mrs. Brown first told a sexually somnolent America that single women had lives filled with work, play, and love in her 1962 best-selling book, ”Sex and the Single Girl.” She and her husband, David Brown, the film producer, then parlayed the book into a magazine proposal, which they took to Hearst Magazines. The publishing company gave her Cosmopolitan, a fading 79-year-old publication that had once carried stories by the likes of W. Somerset Maugham.

According to Browder, Brown’s philosophy was, “hard work and sex without the kids will set you free.”

“If you entrusted yourself to Helen’s lifestyle teachings (as many young women did and still do), you’d soon come to believe the way for a smart woman to be free and to succeed in her career and her life was to (1) work hard; (2) take the Pill or use some other contraceptive; (3) if the contraceptive failed, get an abortion,” Browder explains in “Subverted.”

According to Browder, there was no real Cosmo Girl. “She was mostly a product of Helen’s clever imagination, a marketing fairytale,” Browder writes.

Image: Cosmopolitan Magazine 1967

Cosmopolitan Magazine 1967

“It was all an illusion,” Browder told Live Action president Lila Rose.

Browder called the Cosmo girl “a marketer’s and CEO’s dream come true.”

“She worked hard, bought lavishly from the pharmaceutical, medical, beauty, fashion, and travel industries, and to top it off, she did not push for all those pricey, bothersome extras like family tax breaks, maternity leave, shorter work weeks, and more flexible work arrangements,” said Browder.

Feminism or fantasy?

Though Helen Gurley Brown labeled herself a “devout feminist,” other feminists of her day strongly disputed this. Brown wanted to work for Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, and once suggested that women should try to please men: “If you want a man in your life you have to be nice to them….”

In an interview after Brown’s death in 2012, Hefner told the Hollywood Reporter that Brown had approached him for a job before joining Cosmo. “She wanted to do a female version of Playboy,” Hefner stated. “In the early days, they even had a little symbol like our bunny, a pussycat that appeared at the end of every article. In a parody tribute to Playboy, she even did a nude [April 1972] centerfold with Burt Reynolds.”

“When she founded Cosmo, her views on sexuality and the sexual behavior of unmarried women were radical and the same as mine. In terms of male and female relationships, our philosophy was very similar,” Hefner added. But not all feminists agreed with Brown’s version of women.

In fact, feminist Betty Friedan, who authored “The Feminine Mystique” and went on to help found the National Organization for Women (NOW) as well as NARAL, called Cosmopolitan in 1967, “quite obscene and horrible” and “an immature teen-age-level sexual fantasy.”

Betty Friedan opposed Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown

“As the mother of the women’s movement, Betty [Friedan] hoped to broaden and deepen women’s lives,” Browder writes in “Subverted.” And she agreed with Friedan’s assessment of Cosmopolitan. “We created this fantasy world, the Cosmo Girl, at least in the beginning, before a lot of women began to buy into it; the Cosmo Girl was just a sexual fantasy…. “You never saw a mother in the magazine, you never saw a child in the magazine,” Browder pointed out.

Friedan once said, “Women are the people who give birth to children, and that is a necessary value in society…. You want a feminism that includes women who have children and want children because that’s the majority of women.”

Tragically, Friedan, under the influence of pro-abortion writer Larry Lader, would eventually embrace abortion as part of her women’s movement only to return to her original focus later in life — that the family was important.

In promoting her book, “Second Stage,” Friedan called for her movement to “stop overemphasizing abortion rights and reaffirm the importance of family.” But the damage was done.

Helen Gurley Brown’s vision inside her sexual revolution was much different. In describing the “Cosmo Girl,” the NYT revealedthat Brown concentrated on her looks, not on her activities or aspirations. ”She has always been sexy, slender and bosomy,” Brown allegedly said.

”Bosom fashions are something you don’t have to change,” said Cosmopolitan editor Brown. ”A beautiful bosom is a beautiful bosom. If you don’t have one, you look on with awe and envy; if you do, you wonder, ‘Are mine as good as hers?”’

Abortion united two polar opposites

Despite the internal conflict, once abortion was adopted by Friedan, the two movements essentially merged. In fact, the Cosmopolitan editor joined with Friedan’s NARAL to push abortion politically. In 1974, Brown signed a NARAL-initiated telegram sent to Democrat Senator Birch Bayh, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments, which was considering legislation to overturn the recent Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion.

The telegram mouthed the same lies that Bernard Nathanson, a founder of NARAL, helped to create by claiming that reversing Roe would cause many women and especially poor women to “suffer at the hands of back alley abortionists.” Live Action News previously documented how NARAL’s claim that hundreds of thousands of women died from illegal abortion was fabricated.

IMAGE: Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown joins NARAL to protect abortion 1974

Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown joins NARAL to protect abortion 1974

Although NARAL and Brown were objecting to the fact that those testifying before the committee were all men, one of the men who testified, Dr. John D. Biggers of Harvard University Medical School in Boston, sided with NARAL by claiming that legally protecting unborn babies (something that was in effect just a year earlier) could have profound implications on the behavior of sexually active women: “If such legislation is written, every woman who is sexually active will have to assume she is pregnant and modify her behavior in a suitable way.”

That statement alone revealed why Friedan’s women’s movement and Helen Gurley Brown’s sexual revolution movement had to join under the umbrella of abortion to survive.

In 2006, Betty Friedan died at the age of 85. Helen Gurley Brown died six years later at the age of 90.

Cosmo’s objectification of women and friendship with the abortion industry

After Brown’s death in 2012, writer Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett chastised Cosmo Girl as “a brief hiccup in what has otherwise been a longstanding agenda of sexual objectification.” She then called the modern Cosmopolitan Magazine “hopelessly outdated.” Victoria Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, claims that Brown turned “a family magazine into a sex rag.”

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Victoria Hearst speaks against Cosmopolitan

In 2015, according to WorldNet Daily, Hearst “launched a campaign against Cosmopolitan magazine which she describes as pornographic. Working with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Hearst announced the CosmoHarmsMinors.com website to provide information about the magazine.” She stated that the magazine had declined to become a mere “‘how-to’ sex guide, glamorizing… public or violent sex acts in nearly all their issues,” which would be “deemed pornographic” according to “most states’ material harmful to minors laws.”

An interview with Hearst after the release can be viewed here.

Alveda King

Alveda King spoke out against Cosmopolitan

Pro-life spokesperson Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., endorsed Hearst’s effort, claiming, according to Breitbart, that Cosmopolitan’s content helps “line the pockets of the abortion industry” and that “Planned Parenthood is joining with Cosmo” to “lead that girl into an abortion.”

“[W]hen a young girl reads Cosmo and sees all this supercharged sexuality, buys into the sexual liberty of the day, and involves herself in those types of activities,” she continued, “then the next natural force – or unnatural, depending on how you look at it – would be, ‘Well, I’m pregnant now. I just wanted to have fun; I didn’t want to have a baby.’”

“And then Planned Parenthood is joining Cosmo right there to lead that girl into an abortion,” King added.

Cosmo continues to promote abortion and supports Planned Parenthood, known for covering up child sexual abuse. Today, according to the Media Research Center, Cosmopolitan, which describes itself as a “bible for fun, fearless females,” influencing more than 18 million readers a month, offers plenty to criticize. Newsbusters’ Katie Yoder discussed a Dec. 8, 2014 piece by Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan’s senior political writer at that time. Her piece featured Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on “where the pro-choice movement is headed next year.” Yoder also noted that “abortion-giant Planned Parenthood bestowed the ‘Excellence in Media Award‘ to the magazine” that same year.

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Planned Parenthood grants award to Cosmopolitan (Image Twitter)

In response, Filipovic tweeted how proud she was to receive the “Maggie Award.”

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Cosmopolitan editor proud of Planned Parenthood award

Planned Parenthood’s top award is named after its founder, Margaret Sanger, known for her advocacy for the eugenics movement. Sanger also admitted meeting with the Ku Klux Klan, but that doesn’t seem to bother the abortion corporation or so-called media outlets, like Cosmo, which praise both Sanger and Planned Parenthood.

Cosmo’s newest Editor in Chief, Michele Promaulayko, was announced in 2016. From 2000 to 2008, Promaulayko had previously served as executive editor of Cosmopolitan. She was also the former editor in chief of  Yahoo Health and Women’s Health. Despite Margaret Sanger’s racist history, Promaulayko currently boasts on her LinkedIn page that “in 2013 Women’s Health won the prestigious Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood.”

Image: Michele Promaulayko and Cecile Richards

Cosmopolitan editor Michele Promaulayko with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

At an event celebrating her promotion, Cosmo editor Michele Promaulayko can be seen here posing with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Clearly, Cosmopolitan magazine’s sexual revolution and promotion of abortion continues to this day.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Cosmo writer: Men pushed reluctant women’s movement to demand legal abortion

Posted in Bernard Nathanson, Cosmo Magazine, Feminism, Lader, Subverted, Women's Movement with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2019 by saynsumthn

Author Sue Ellen Browder once aligned with 1960’s pro-abortion feminism. As a former writer for Cosmopolitan Magazine, she was also complicit in promoting the sexual revolution, which she now believes reduced women to ambitious sex objects. After years of research, Browder concluded that her thinking was being manipulated by a propaganda machine which would unite two movements — the feminist movement and the sexual revolution — to push abortion. She compiled her findings in the captivating book, “Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.”

Browder, who was trained as investigative journalist at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, spoke in an interview with Live Action founder Lila Rose:

 

“People don’t remember how bad it was for women”

“In 1963, that was the relaunch of the women’s movement in the 20th Century,” Browder told Rose. “People don’t remember how bad it was for women.”

Women entering the workforce were not treated equally, Browder said. “Women were fired for being pregnant…. Women in some states could not serve on a jury. A married woman could not get credit in her own name…. Women couldn’t go to college in some places…. Very few women were doctors or lawyers. Women were shut out of the professions. So, this was a time when women were very concerned about a lot of injustices and they were all pulling together to try to correct those.”

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Subverted

 

READ: 8 ways pro-abortion men pushed legalized abortion on America

Arriving on the scene at that time were two women: Helen Gurley Brown — who took over Cosmopolitan Magazine hoping to morph it into a “Playboy” for women — and feminist Betty Freidan, who wrote “The Feminine Mystique,” a book which transformed the way women were viewed. “… [E]verybody went crazy and said, ‘yes, we agree with this [book],’” Browder said.

“By the time I got out of college it was 1968. I thought I could set the world on fire,” she told Rose. But Browder herself was fired after she became pregnant. “I was like, ‘What? What?’ Well, this women’s movement was obviously for me.”

“So, we… had the baby… and then moved back into New York City. And one of the first jobs I got… was at Cosmopolitan Magazine…. I was glamour struck.”

“The whole sexual revolution was made up of lies”

Browder told Rose that she later attended a conference where former NARAL founder Bernard Nathanson, who had since become pro-life, was speaking. “And he told us about all the lies that they had told to sell abortion to the American people. And then… I realized that if [Alfred] Kinsey had lied, and if the abortionists had lied, and if we at Cosmo were lying, then the whole sexual revolution was made up of… all lies. Then, we sold it to the American people through more and more lies – and through the women’s movement… the sexual revolution was sold to the world.”

Browder notes that, because women had been subjected to injustices, they became prime targets for one particular master propagandist skilled in the manipulation of public opinion. His name was Larry Lader, a journalist by trade who became an ardent voice in the fight to legalize abortion. He had been Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s biographer and had known Betty Friedan for many years.

“Larry Lader co-founded NARAL with Bernard Nathanson,” Browder said. “Lader… graduated from Harvard University and was fairly independently wealthy. [H]e worked on Betty Friedan for years to try to convince her to insert abortion into her list of demands….”

Image: Larry Lader and Bernard Nathanson

Larry Lader and Bernard Nathanson

Browder said that Lader “began to convince [Friedan] that [abortion] was something that women needed to be free.” Browder added that Friedan “was having problems on two fronts. She was losing control of the National Organization for Women and she was also trying to get her Bill of Rights passed through to Congress. She was creating a political Bill of Rights that would guide Congress for women….”

At a time when women were being fired for pregnancy, Lader convinced Friedan to add abortion to her feminist Bill of Rights “… so they can say to the businessmen, ‘don’t worry about it guys, she’s on the pill and if the pill fails she have an abortion. So, you’re fine – you can pass all these other rights….’”

Feminists eventually caved to the abortion lie, pushed by white, well-to-do men 

The call to legalize abortion was not coming from women but primarily white, well-to-do men who had embraced the Hugh Hefner-style sexual revolution. Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown enabled this by painting a deceptive image of a “Cosmo Girl” who had free sex, no kids, and earned plenty of money — an image NOW’s founder, Betty Friedan, originally denounced. “[Friedan] was fighting for equal respect and dignity and education in the workforce,” noted Browder.

“Helen Gurley Brown would have loved to have been part of the women’s movement, but feminist Betty Friedan called Cosmo quite obscene and quite horrible and even at one point called for a boycott of the magazine. [Friedan] never mentioned abortion or contraception in her ‘Feminine Mystique’…. In fact, Friedan had been fired herself for being pregnant…. She did not believe that abortion was a woman’s ‘right’….”

But, as Browder details in “Subverted,” and as Live Action News will detail further, Friedan, under the influence of Lader, eventually bought into abortion. And, while pro-abortion feminists obsessed over abortion, pro-life feminists left NOW to concentrate on real injustices affecting women, splitting NOW’s membership.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

NARAL abortion rights head “I’m a pretty good faker”

Posted in NARAL with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

An interview with Ilyse Hogue, in Cosmo quotes the NARAL president as saying, “There was a lot I didn’t know when I started. I’m a pretty good faker, but I would come out of meetings and be like, “I don’t know what that acronym means,” or realize that I had nodded my head at the wrong moment, when I should have been shaking it.”

NARAL Cosmo Iilyse Hogue

Okay- that statement is so loaded I won’t even address it except to say that most of the ardent abortion rights activists seem to be “faking it” with their facts- that is.

Hogue continues, “I think I made a lot of people nervous when I came in. The observation as a newcomer to anything is that some of the cultural norms don’t make sense. It was a challenge for me to say, “Why aren’t we using the word abortion?” or, “Why don’t we not give candidates a pass when they just check the pro-choice box but actually show them why it’s good to talk about it?” or, “Why don’t we point out that abortion is a medical procedure, and the values that drive us to fight for safe and legal abortion services are basic human values that are shared by a lot of people — freedom, equality, self-determination?” I said a lot of things that probably sounded naïve, and I got told a lot early on, “We’ve tried that before.” I respect that. What I never want to do is try something that’s been tried before without the lessons learned by previous attempts. But I also don’t want a leader who is not able to recognize that times change, and trying something with the wisdom of past attempts at a different moment can have radically different effects.”

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Later in the interview, the woman who heads the organization which believes that sucking or dismembering unborn babies is a “right” said this, “at the end of the day, there is an intangible that we can tune into to instruct us about what’s right or wrong. If you trust it, it will lead you down the right path. Be willing to take risks. At the end of the day, we have so little to lose if we show how compassionate we are.”

Compassionate?

Wait a minute here- did Hogue just imply that promoting abortion is compassionate ?

It sounded that way to me – but – then again Hogue’s a pretty good faker!

Abortion advocate documents March for Life on Twitter

Posted in March for Life, Robin Marty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by saynsumthn

NARAL describes abortion activist, Robin Marty is, “a prominent feminist and freelance pro-choice journalist, and she’s brought an incredible amount of awareness in particular to what women really face outside abortion clinics. You’ll find Robin in Politico, Rolling Stone, and Cosmopolitan but she’s also crowdfunded to do her own research to expose the harassment that’s occurred outside abortion clinics for decades.”

The group listed Marty as 1 of their “15 Awesome Pro-Choice Activists Who Work to #ProtectTheZone!

Marty, who blogs for the pro-abortion RH Reality Check, describes herself on Twitter as, “Freelance author, speaker & activist. True-true, hard-core pro-abortion militant according to NRLC. Politico Magazine, Rolling Stone, & more.”

So it was pretty amazing when Marty’s twitter feed began filling up with reports from the March for Life, in D.C. this week, where hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers gathered to mourn the legalization of abortion.

Marty began by reporting early activities before the march, such as a youth Die-In outside the White House organized by the group Survivors as well as a prayer vigil outside the D.C. Planned Parenthood with leaders such as Fr. Frank Pavone, Bryan Kemper, and Pat Mahoney among others.

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Robin Marty prolife Die In White House

Robin Marty Planned Parenthood protest DC 2015

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Her tweets were quite informative as she bounced around documenting one pro-life event after the other.

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Marty even got a picture with long-time pro-life artist Bryan Kemper who tweeted, “@robinmarty it was great meeting you. I know we vehemently disagree about #abortion but I appreciate your civility.”

Robin Marty meets Bryan Kemper

Pro-life blogger, Jill Stanek grabbed this shop of Marty conversing with Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman. Stanek tweeted that Newman tried to convert Marty:

Troy Newman Robin Marty

Marty did a great job covering the various events even getting a shout out from the March for Life twitter page:

MFL thanks Marty

Marty wrote a report which was published by Cosmopolitan.

She tweeted to Students for Life head, Kristan Hawkins, that the quote she published of pro-life college leader was a “good one.”

Robin Marty Kristan Hawkins

That article received a shout out from the Radiance Foundation founded by Ryan Bomberger, “Excellent article about #prolife mov’t thoughts on #20WeekAbortionBan by @robinmarty in @Cosmopolitan. http://bit.ly/5MonthBan, he tweeted.

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She even caught Bomberger marching with his family:

Robin Marty tweet Ryan Bomberger

Marty attended the rally of protest outside the offices of Rep. Renee Ellmers and organized by Jill Stanek after Ellmers sabotaged a planned late term abortion ban vote.

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Robin Marty Ellmers prolife protest MFL

All in all, Marty did a good job covering the March For Life. You can read quotes from many of the attendees, speakers, and leaders as she tweeted them on her Twitter page here.

Marty’s Cosmo article can be read here.

Marty’s full report here.

I would like to end this blog post by focusing on the picture Marty headlined her Cosmo piece with.

Elasine Riddick MFL 2015

It is a picture of Elaine Riddick marching in the 2015 March for Life rally.

Riddick was featured in the powerful documentary film which exposed the racist roots of abortion, Maafa21. There she details how the State of North Carolina forcefully sterilized her at the tender age of 14 after she became pregnant from a rape and then delivered her son.

They cut me open like I was a hog,” said Riddick, who was sterilized at age 14.

Riddick said her only crime was being poor, BLACK, and from a bad home environment.

Riddick’s testimony and outspoken disdain for abortion and Planned Parenthood is well-known, yet Marty, who featured her picture in the column, said nothing about Riddick.

While in DC, Riddick attended a conference for rape conceived and/or women who refused abortions after being raped. This does not fit the pro-choice agenda which claims abortion should remain legal for such cases.

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Riddick is heading to Oakland today, to join Black leaders in speaking against the Black Genocide aspects of abortion. Maybe Marty will watch Elaine’s story and report on it, after all her beloved Planned Parenthood has ties to the racist eugenics movement and maybe, just maybe, she will also report that. Or…maybe not!

Planned Parenthood gives award to NARAL leader who called for sex inside Hobby Lobby

Posted in NARAL, Planned Parenthood Maggie Awards with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by saynsumthn

Planned Parenthood is tweeting congrats to Maggie Award Winners: Irin Carmon, Jessica Valenti, Janet Mock, and Zerlina Maxwell, Sara Austin
deputy editor of Cosmopolitan. Also allegedly receiving the award is Maya Rhodan Reporter at TIME.

Jessica Valenti at Maggie Award PP tweet

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2014 Maggie Recipients

The Maggie Award is named after Planned Parenthood’s racist founder, Margaret Sanger. Sanger once bragged that she gave a dozen speeches to the Klan. Looks like these recipients are not bothered by the racism aspect of this award, no shock here.

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JESSICA VALENTI:

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Jessica Valenti at Maggie Award

Jessica Valenti, a board member for NARAL and a columnist for The Guardian responded to receiving Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award, Thrilled to be receiving a #maggieaward from @PPFA today along with incredible women like @irin @janetmock & @ZerlinaMaxwell

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Jessica Valenti PP Maggie Award 2014

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Valenti is also the NARAL board member who suggested that women have sex inside family Hobby Lobby store.

Just after the Supreme Court decision was announced which gave Hobby Lobby the right to refuse to cover abortion drugs, Valenti, tweeted this hateful suggestion, Maybe women should organize a safe-sex fuck-in at every Hobby Lobby across the country. In the glitter aisle. JUST A THOUGHT“.

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Very Disturbing – don’t you think?
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More from the abortion lover Maggie Award twitter fest:

Jessica Valenti Maggie Award

Irin Carmon

Planned Parenthood also tweeted: Thanks @ChristopherDiDo, for helping us #StandWithWendy with your invaluable activism & coverage of the legendary filibuster. #MaggieAwards

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor, also received Planned Parenthood’s award:

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As did Cosmopolitan and Editors at Essence Magazine:

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Will Planned Parenthood and their recipients be called out by left-wing Black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson for accepting this award? I doubt it !