Webby_Logo.jpgby intern Heather B.
The Webby Award, according to the official website, is the “leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.” This year marks the website’s 13th Annual Webby Awards Commencement Gala, to be held June 8 in NYC.
Nominated websites will be judged in categories ranging from “Billpaying” and “Beauty” to more prestigious superlatives, dubbing some lucky recipients with the “Best Home/Welcome Page” and “Best Use of Animation/Motion Graphics” titles. The awards attract an audience exceeding 10k.
This year’s “Health” category nominee? Planned Parenthood‘s graphic “Take Care Down There” sex-education website, brought to light on this blog in the past….

take care down there 2.gifHow is it that an awards ceremony, which also acknowledges such noble causes as The Action Center to End World Hunger, could even consider this desensitizing and dehumanizing insult to the health profession, hidden behind the façade of pastel colors and a catchy jingle entitled the “Down There Song,” (WARNING: explicit) as the pinnacle website promoting “information and resources to improve personal health and well-being” and the face of “Internet Excellence”?
What is perhaps more disturbing is that the TCDT website had been previously shut down for its offensive content, thanks to the activism of Jill Stanek, American Life League, and Life News. The ex-convict candidate only recently emerged with a single noticeable improvement: an entry page warning visitors that the material is intended for “mature teens and adults only.” One click, and anyone can enter.
If the TCDT website wins the Webby, it will have beat out much more qualified contestants like Livestrong and Drugs.com.
Here’s to hoping the judges know better!
[HT: Nina Rhea of of Precious Children of Portland]

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