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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gavin Newsom: Talk of Sarah Palin's Breast Implants 'Demeaning'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

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It never bothered former Mayor Gavin Newsom that his slick-back hairdo sometimes got more media attention than his policies. But Newsom, who is now lieutenant governor, says people need to tone it down when attacking a female politician's physical appearance -- even Republican ones.

In a Fox News report this week, Newsom called the media's fixation on whether Sarah Palin had breast implants "demeaning, and it would never happen to a guy."

Newsom never seemed to feel devalued by the media's fascination with his perfectly coiffed hair. ( SF Weekly even participated in the 2009 Comb Your Hair Like Gavin Newsom Day.) But Newsom says that's different -- he wouldn't stoop so low as to call out a lady for her potentially fake bosoms.  

"We need a greater sensitivity to the way we portray women, particularly

in the news media. To watch the way Sarah Palin was treated -- to

discuss whether an elected official or former elected official has

breast implants -- is pretty demeaning, and it would never happen to a

guy," Newsom told Fox. "We need to disassociate ourselves from this party

ideology. It is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. This happens all

around and puts so much pressure on young girls."


had a soapbox to talk about the portrayal of women in the media while

his wife,

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was promoting her documentary "Miss Representation" during

the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this week. In Siebel Newsom's film, which premiered to a sold-out crowd, she interviews dozens of women, including Katie Couric, Geena Davis, and

Gloria Steinem, about the portrayal of women in the media. Siebel Newsom

also examined  the media's treatment of Hillary Clinton and Sarah

Palin during the 2008 presidential campaigns.

"The idea for the film came to me as I watched the 2008

presidential campaign and saw this sexism and double standard that was

directed toward Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, and some of the wives

whose husbands were running for office. It really upset and affected me

... I knew I wanted to have children someday and I was worried about

raising a daughter in a world that objectifies women to such an


In a Sundance Q&A, Siebel Newsom also said that Hollywood doesn't have the best role models for men, either.

"If you go to the Megaplex to watch a mainstream studio film, the

protagonist is usually a male figure that, for the most part, can't hold

a job, he's not that smart, he does drugs, he's lazy and apathetic and

it's a comedy and it's funny, but he's not a role model. And I think

we're sort of embracing these male characters and glamorizing them and

saying 'this is what it is to be a man.'"

But we already know that Siebel Newsom doesn't go for guys like that.

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