Sports Illustrated’s Barbie cover and media blitz: Selling sexual objectification to little girls?

Barbie - SI

So let's look at the big picture. A corporation that controls a huge amount of media - Time Warner -  will place a doll on the front cover of the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated - a sports magazine issue that showcases women's bodies not as … [Read more...]

Inspiring toy ad for girls, just in time for holiday shopping season

The three girls in the ad, bored silly by pretty pink princess TV advertising, take action.

A few things about this ad: (see update, No. 4 item, below) 1. It's inspiring. Marketing does have an effect on all of us, but especially children. There are  many girls who are going to see this ad and be inspired to make cool stuff. Older girls … [Read more...]

Looking for better options this Halloween?

A Mighty Girl costume choice

This dad went shopping with his two daughters for a Halloween costume. At the super store they found a "boys career" section with doctor, fireman and astronaut costumes. What was in the girls "career" section? Trick question. No such section. But … [Read more...]

#BraveGirlsWant take back media campaign kicks off Friday

BGA flashmob dance

If you are anywhere in or near New York City tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11 – the second International Day of the Girl Child – get yourself and your daughters down to Times Square for the kick off of the Brave Girls Alliance campaign. They are … [Read more...]

Baby apps, teen films, Stride Rite, Marissa Mayer, female-centric media or lack thereof, media research, Miley and Robin

Marissa Meyer, Yahoo CEO, poses for Vogue

This week, a mish-mash of media readings.  First of all, I'm grateful to my friend Melissa Wardy of PigtailPals for putting together this discussion for parents about the Miley Cyrus performance on MTV's music video awards show this weekend. What … [Read more...]

Just a toy? No.

How many times have I read an article criticizing stereotyped toys and toy marketing followed by a bunch of comments to the effect that "Relax, it's just a toy." What these misguided commenters fail to understand is the importance of play to … [Read more...]

Online roundup: Disney critique, food marketing, modeling bad taste, women (not) on big screen, stereotypes hurt boys

In Snow White the message is: "It is important to be beautiful on the outside in order to be rescued.”

Every week I read compelling stories online that I usually find via Twitter and then share via Twitter. To make sure my precious blog readers don't miss these great pieces, I'm going to try to post excerpts from the best more frequently. Modern … [Read more...]

More social action news: Collaborating for positive messages for girls

Merida

The sexy Merida transformation sparked outrage, and now it has sparked something positive. Activists in the fight against sexualization of girls have formed the Brave Girls Alliance to work for healthy media images and messages for girls. The … [Read more...]

Social action to change the media, Facebook version. Here’s how it can be done.

image via Women Action and the Media

THE Update: Yesterday evening, after I wrote the post below, there was an announcement that Facebook had agreed to work with the coalition of women's groups demanding that Facebook change its policies that allow rape joke pages and pages inciting … [Read more...]

Disney turns the heroine Merida into a sexy babe, sparks outrage

SexyMeridaMakeover

The big news this week: Disney makeover of the brave and tough Merida into sexy vamp provokes outrage, and Disney dials it back. She loses the archery gear, and now she's got a sparkly, off the shoulder dress, a curvier body, and perfect, sexy … [Read more...]

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