Author Archives: Anita Finlay ("Ani")

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I […]

Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the touching, beautiful story of five-year old Miles Scott, in remission after a three-year battle with Leukemia.  Given his love of Batman and all thing superhero, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13,000 San Francisco ‘volunteers’ showed up to help make his crime fighting dreams a reality.  Here he is getting the keys […]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. […]

Becoming Barbie — In Just 37 Seconds

Laura Willard posted a great video on Upworthy that has since gone viral, entitled See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds… This is the best example I’ve seen of the destructive power of the endless “Barbie-izing” of women and girls. Both sexes get an exaggerated and unrealistic vision of what women look like. […]

#BraveGirlsWant — Support for The Brave Girls Alliance!

By Anita Finlay:  The Brave Girls Alliance is a magnificent group of women of all ages working to take back mainstream media and show young girls just how fabulous they already are.  Airbrushed, hyper-sexualized images need not apply, thanks.  Having made a small contribution to this cause, I was surprised to see my tweet wind up on a 25-foot billboard in NYC’s […]

Kim Kardashian, Big Media and the Infantilization of America

After giving a speech on the effects of media bias (a light topic, I know!), a student asked, “How is anyone going to hear your message when they are obsessed with the Kardashians?”  I pulled a scientific sounding response out of my…er …left ear, but I suspect her question was better than my answer. Dr. Michael […]

Mother’s Day – An Appreciation

My mom has long been my hero.  Her tireless work ethic, impish sense of humor and Saks’ Fifth Avenue style on a Woolworth budget never cease to inspire.  I wrote this poem for “Toni” years ago, but I share it with moms everywhere.  Thank you for all you do… Please pass it on to anyone […]

Of Mothers and Journeys

One year ago, I became a published author. DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN detailed my journey from fearful news junkie to outspoken activist.  The disturbing parallels between my own mother’s life and the misogynistic media treatment of Hillary Clinton and other politically inconvenient women in 2008 motivated me to take action.  Notwithstanding the teeth gnashing involved […]

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” vs. Beyoncé and Big Media – Objectification Wins Every Time

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” YouTube has gone viral with over 30 million views and tells us that women are their own worst enemies when it comes to assessing their looks.  Yet, in a society where men control the conversation at all levels of entertainment, advertising, news, commentary, and yes, politics, how can women not be […]

Gratitude to First Responders & Courageous Bystanders

To the first responders who ran toward danger without a thought for their own safety, to bystanders and neighbors who dropped everything to help, tearing off clothing to make tourniquets, to offer food and open their homes to strangers, and to the exhausted marathoners who just kept running straight to the hospital to donate blood […]