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One of our subscribers, who has been a woman in the workplace for over 30 years, just made us aware of a disturbing situation involving the Wall Street Journal. Please read her story below and consider signing this urgent petition.

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I found  a copy of the February 13-14 2016 weekend edition Wall Street Journal on my back patio.  I texted my neighbor, thinking it was his.  After two weeks of no reply and the paper taking up space on my entry way chair, I decided to toss it into the recycle bin.  

A large magazine fell out of the paper. It turned out to be the March 2016 Women's edition of WSJ Magazine issue 68.  Being curious, I quickly leafed through it.

What I found both shocked and angered me. On page 129 on thicker paper was a full page photo of 3 naked women hugging each other (in high heels).  It was an ad for Stuart Weitzman.  

There were other inappropriate pictures of barely covered women scattered throughout the magazine.  Ironically, on the front page of the WSJ newspaper, there was an article and picture of Pope Francis.  I think if Pope Francis saw this Magazine, he would also be angered and saddened.  

Why did this anger me? Why should it bother you?

  1. The WSJ is supposed to be a highly admired business newspaper—it is not Cosmopolitan.

  2. The magazine is an insert for home weekend-edition deliveries. This means that young children could be exposed to these pictures. Ironically, it is not in retail editions (as stated in the magazine). These pictures are not family oriented.

  3. The pictures in this magazine hardly reflect gender equality and they certainly do not relay the respect and dignity that many women have been fighting so hard for.

  4. Pictures like this in mainstream media only underscore the notion of viewing women as sex objects, not daughters, mothers, aunts, teachers, doctors, engineers, accountants, managers,  etc.

Do you think WSJ would put a picture of 3 naked men hugging each other and other pictures with their privates barely contained? Why not? Because it is just not right!

I can't even express what a new low our society has sunk to when this sort of smut is part of a supposedly highly respected newspaper.

Help me do something about this and politely tell WSJ that this ad was in bad taste and we will not stand for this.

You can see one of the offensive advertisements HERE (I have censored the photo, but you should still use your discretion in deciding to click on it). Please take action. Spread the word. United we can make a difference.

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Stop contributing to the objectification of women!

Dear WSJ Staff including Robert Murdoch (executive Chairman, News Corp), Robert Thompson (Chief Executive Officer, News Corp), Gerard Baker (Editor in Chief, Wall Street Journal), and Kristina O’Neill (Editor and Chief, WSJ Magazine),

I am writing to express my disappointment at the ads you chose to include in the March 2016 Women's edition of WSJ Magazine (issue 68). These adsone of them depicting three naked women embracingcontribute to the objectification of women by the media.

I had hoped that a well-respected business newspaper like the Wall Street Journal would not stoop this low. I hope that you will recognize this error in judgement and issue an apology to your subscribers, especially your female subscribers. 

WSJ is supposed to be a highly admired business newspaper—it is not Cosmopolitan. Furthermore, the magazine is an insert for home weekend-edition deliveries. This means that young children could be exposed to these pictures.

The pictures in this magazine hardly reflect gender equality and they certainly do not relay the respect and dignity that many women have been fighting so hard for. Pictures like this in mainstream media only underscore the notion of viewing women as sex objects, not daughters, mothers, aunts, teachers, doctors, engineers, accountants, managers, etc.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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