Where in the world is Jane? New research finds strong female characters missing from children’s shows

Do you love Geena Davis? She’s putting her time, and presumably her money, into the cause of gender fairness in media. Take a look at this delightful new PSA created by her organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. New … [Read more...]

Teen filmmakers win at film festival

Positive media and media literate students. That’s our goal, right? That’s why I am pleased to relaunch the blog with this inspiring story. Reading High School senior Vanessa O’Connor, along with her team, Violet Tacito of Reading High and Anna … [Read more...]

"See something? Say something." Advertising version

"Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" I had decided to get lunch at a new restaurant in town. I believe in supporting local business. Then I saw this cute little marketing card on the counter. And it made me feel not so good about … [Read more...]

Fashion photo retoucher says "No more"

Speaking of Brave… This Los Angeles man, Roy A. Cui, a digital photo retoucher, is giving up a large part of his livelihood – retouching photographs in the fashion and beauty industry – because of the harm that unrealistic images in the media do to … [Read more...]

Movie review: Brave – Funny, wise, original. Bring the kids.

Princess Merida in my own backyard? My 13-year-old son, PD, asked me if I thought the movie Brave would pass the Bechdel test. I said, “Let’s go and find out.” We grabbed 16-year-old son, RL, as we headed out the door. It was such a great … [Read more...]

Around the web raising awareness of harmful messages to children

 For today, media messages to children that parents should be aware of:Shaping Youth: Boys, Body Image and Sexualization: An Equal Opportunity Destroyer Shaping Youth photoChristian Science Monitor: Disney bans junk-food ads, but seeks to … [Read more...]

New York Times finds a place for women on the front page

Please see update below. The New York Times can't seem to stop sexualizing women on its home page. This is how the paper has followed up its advertising from two days ago that featured a prominent photo of a scantily-clad woman being held hostage by … [Read more...]

Hollywood execs admit: We were wrong!

That was the headline I was imagining. Young man on bus reading one of the Hunger Games booksSo to bring you up to speed, The Hunger Games, featuring a strong, non-sexualized female protagonist who is not looking for romance, had a … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games is here. We’ve waited a long time for this.

There will be many reviews that dissect Katniss to determine if she is the perfect role model or a true heroine. I don’t care about that. I’m thrilled that we have a big, big film with a strong female protagonist that is going to give the lie to the … [Read more...]

Which one is a joke, and which one is the real ad?

Thanks to SPARK Summit and Princess Free Zone … [Read more...]