News: Women in television, Population Growth, and Personal Water Conservation

-Bad news:

The number of women working as both actresses in prime-time shows and writers and producers behind the scenes on those same shows fell in 2010-2011, a new study shows.

Just one in six writers on prime-time sitcoms, dramas, and reality TV shows were women, down from 29% in the 2009-10 season, according to the report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

One in four producers, directors, writers, editors and directors were women, and 41% of all on-screen characters were female, down from 43 percent the year before.

Only one network, CW, featured 52 percent female characters, representing women “in accurate proportion to their representation in the U.S. population.” The other broadcast networks’ shows had between 36 % and 43% female characters.

-A response to the panic around population growth.

Now, that’s not to say that over-consumption and environmental sustainability aren’t problems. But there are major problems with laying the blame of overpopulation on the shoulders of women and men of childbearing years who live in the global south. What happens when we do that, you ask? Well, population control programs emerge and they try to drive down birth rates as quickly and cheaply as possible. They do this through aggressively promoting sterilization or long-acting, provider-controlled contraceptives without acknowledging that education and access to basic health care, as well as birth control and abortion are vital for public health.

An infograph on ways to reduce your personal water consumption (although corporations have much greater effects than individuals). Not all of the recommendations are possible for everyone – for example, replacing your washing machine doesn’t work if you have no money, or rent your place –  but its a good reminder of the things we do that waste water. So instead of replacing your washing machine, maybe wear your pants a few more times and have the same impact.

It’s estimated that a family of four can survive on 3 gallons of water a day but in America, a household of four uses up to 400 gallons of water a day. Check out this infographic to learn about the top culprits for water waste and how fixes both small and large can significantly shrink your water footprint at home.

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