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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A photo essay: What can a girl be?

Monster HIgh

I took a stroll through the toy aisles of a major retailer with my camera. The aisles with toys for girls are conveniently color coded with pink. The boys' aisles are blue, of course. This helps you find the correct and proper toy for your children. … [Read more...]

Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and she’s chomping on me, too

Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and she's chomping on me, too

My sister and I used to love to dress up in my mother’s old prom dress, which we found deep in a closet in the attic. It was a pale pink, with lots of fluffy petticoats.  The flouncy skirt thrilled me. It rose up and whirled with me as I spun … [Read more...]

New report puts numbers to sexualization of girls on television

New report puts numbers to sexualization of girls on television

You already know that television is full of inappropriate and unhealthy sexual content for children and teens. If you need any more reasons to turn it off and speak out, take a look at a new report by the Parents Television Council that documents the … [Read more...]

Unhealthy messages to children and what to do about it: a Thursday reading list

Unhealthy messages to children and what to do about it: a Thursday reading list

Offbeat Mama asks if we can change "princess culture."Media Macaroni has an opinion about girls not on film, Pixar and Despicable Me.The American Psychological Association talks about raising healthy kids in a sexualized media … [Read more...]

Children’s exposure to porn extremes up in last 10 years

In the British magazine Psychologies this month is a pretty troubling article about teens looking at pornography on the internet, including on their internet-enable phones:  Are teenagers hooked on porn?The magazine says this has become an … [Read more...]

Do you want to be a pretty princess?

Do you want to be a pretty princess?

My sister has two little boys, too. She told me a story about a ride in the car with them. D., your classic "toughie," just three years old, had picked up one of his mother's sparkly gossamer scarves, and put it around his neck. Boys like … [Read more...]

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