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...]

#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...]

More on rape culture

After Steubenville, there is a petition to ask the National Federation of High School Associations, which offers annual required trainings for coaches in order for them to remain accredited, to partner with nationally recognized activist … [Read more...]

Rape culture and media complicity

Steubenville verdict

Feeling too devastated to write today. Not enough that a 16 year old girl is raped, degraded and humilitated by high school star athletes who feel entitled to use her body as a plaything. Not enough that in this internet age, pictures and video … [Read more...]

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

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...]

How the media train boys to be sexist

Watch this trailer from the Media Education Foundation, which highlights the powerful messages boys are getting from current popular media. Or, as they put, "Takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and … [Read more...]

Looking at ads on summer vacation

Looking at ads on summer vacation

Yes, I’ve been on a bit of a blog break this summer. So, in sympathy with the children going back to school, let’s do a “What I did on my summer vacation” entry.There I was strolling along a busy city street in San Diego, enjoying the beautiful day, … [Read more...]

Percy Jackson vs. Transformers 3: Media influences on your boys. Which message do you prefer?

Percy Jackson vs. Transformers 3: Media influences on your boys. Which message do you prefer?

I came across two reviews of current media offerings directed at young boys, from the perspective of what they teach children about gender and stereotypes.The difference is stark. At Achilles Effect, Crystal Smith finds the Percy Jackson series by … [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...]