Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter's Rude Awakening

Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter's Rude Awakening

by Anita Finlay


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Why do so few women occupy seats of power?

This shocking exposé travels beyond Hillary Clinton's historic 2008 presidential run to reveal a biased media's troubling influence over our electoral process and the sexist brainwashing that does damage to us all.

Dirty Words on Clean Skin is the book big media does not want you to see -- an eye-opening journey that chronicles both Hillary Clinton's sexism-plagued historic run and the rampant denigration of women that rages on today with impunity.

Dirty Words on Clean Skin transcends party politics. It is less about the treatment of one woman than the ramifications of denying equal respect to all women. This first person narrative will resonate with many who feel a burning frustration with the state of our political dialogue today.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama waged an epic battle for the presidential nomination that captured the imagination and hopes of millions, but the joy of watching a qualified woman vie for the presidency was marred by newsmen and pundits calling Hillary Clinton a hellish housewife, Nurse Ratched, she-devil and bitch.

DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN examines the tactics that do damage to the credibility of powerful women and the cost to those watching from the ground. Anita Finlay's shocking political odyssey travels beyond Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy to investigate the media's troubling influence over our electoral process and the behavior of a society not as evolved as advertised. Whether the subject is Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin or Sonia Sotomayor, no woman is immune.

The facts speak for themselves and drive this carefully researched, explosive and conversational exposé.

For sixteen years, polls have named Hillary Clinton America's most admired woman, yet when it counted, the media depicted her as a vile harpy standing in the way of history. Today, articles from The New York Times to the Huffington Post are encouraging her to once again stand for the Presidency, yet any prescription offered to a woman attempting to break the "highest, hardest glass ceiling" will be worthless without an honest discussion of the culprits and their methods.

That discussion has yet to take place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615615066
Publisher: Golden Middleway Books
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Political author Anita Finlay writes for The New Agenda, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women. Repeatedly named "Editors' Pick" on BlogHer, featured on the nationally syndicated America's Radio News Network, Anita is also a senior contributor to NoQuarter, a website recognized for its excellent political coverage. Her articles have been published on Real Clear Politics, MemeOrandum, FishbowlDC / Media Bistro, xoJane, and several other widely read political sites. Dirty Words on Clean Skin has just been added to the curriculum at Pasadena City College and accepted for inclusion to the Clinton Presidential Library.

As an actor and native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Anita Finlay has worked primarily in television for over twenty years, on such network series as "Castle," "Brothers and Sisters," "24," "Hannah Montana," "Boston Legal," "Gilmore Girls," "Vanished," and "Judging Amy." She spent seven years on "The Young and the Restless" as Dr. Nora Thompson and starred in a number of feature films and made-for-television movies including "Alternate Endings," "The Last Place on Earth," "Two Voices," "Prison of Secrets, "and "Visions of Murder." She will soon guest star on "Perception" for TNT.

Anita has done scores of commercial campaigns and worked in the theatre as a solo artist, writing and performing "The Devil Takes a Wife" to acclaim in Los Angeles theaters. She has also performed in regional theatres throughout the United States and had long running spokesperson contracts for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter's Rude Awakening 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NYCEngTchr More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written expose' of how women in politics are treated differently in the media than men. Told from a personal perspective, author Anita Finlay takes the reader along on a journey of discovery--and disappointment on the campaign trail.
ElaineRN More than 1 year ago
Being a women’s health advocate, I am always interested in women who empower young girls to be all they can, so they can know that there are no limits to their possibilities. While that is all well and good, it isn’t quite true. From Anita Finlay’s book, Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, A Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening I received a reality check and some much needed answers. I too was, and am, a Hillary supporter and saw her loose out on her 2008 Presidential bid to a newcomer who didn’t come close to her experience and capability. At the time, I was just plain angry with that, but had no answers. Ms. Finlay lays out, in a very readable way, what happened during that election and how Hillary was attacked and demeaned by the media. One thing I really appreciated in the book were the specifics about the coverage of the primaries, including the media, who wrote negatively about Hillary and what broadcasters did to demean her. Whether you were a Hillary supporter or not, there is big difference in covering the candidates position on the issues versus what the female candidates wore, how their hair looked, whether they laughed in an unappealing way and how they were raising their children. This is very different than how male candidates are covered. And, it is grossly unfair to the American public who are deciding which candidate best meets their criteria for a vote. A major concern, which Ms. Finlay pointed, out were the media omissions of President Obama’s history, when covering his election campaign. He became the fantasy favorite, while Hillary and her very real accomplishments were ignored. Ms. Finlay’s book is well researched and includes references and very specific End Notes letting the reader know the basis of her comments and the content. Along with being a very good read that I couldn’t put down, Ms. Finlay’s book is one that should be a must read for all young women, as well as some of us older ones who want to understand better why our candidate of choice was treated so abominably. Along with that, all journalism majors (male and female) should be required to read Ms. Finlay’s book. It seems that this type of media bias lives on and it should be addressed early within the educational system that teaches journalists. Along with that, I would love to see high school students reading this as part of a history course focused on women and politics. Mostly though, I would like to see this type of dirty coverage stopped. A big thanks to Anita Finlay for opening my eyes and for the compelling read. You have refueled my political fires – for the sake of my daughter and my grandchildren.