Sexualization of girls via Old Navy, Boston Globe

I'm wondering how exactly Old Navy could have made the decision that this is an appropriate advertisement for its clothing for little girls. Remind you of anyone?     This child is about 10 years old, and recreating a pose from … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Is it censorship if we refuse an ad that treats women like objects? No, Pandora, it is not.

If there’s one thing that can make my head explode, it’s when companies rationalize the need to accept advertising that sexualizes and objectifies women with the argument that they are “not in the business of censorship.” Last week I wrote to … [Read more...]

L.L. Bean, Land’s End, dipping toes into pornification game

I’m not sure the trickle down theory works in economics, but it sure seems to be taking effect in sexualized marketing. It starts with a drip, drip, drip. While sexualization creep touches girls at younger and younger ages, it also starts moving into … [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...]

Questions about readily available soft-porn images and our little boys

UPDATE: Please see below regarding new research. I snapped this photo at a local CVS drug store. This is a selection of the magazine covers displayed at the eye level of 6- to 12-year-old boys. Pornography is said to be addictive and can cause … [Read more...]

A reading list from the @mktgchildhood Twitter timeline

Time again for a roundup of interesting reading I have found and posted on Twitter with a focus on the topic of selling our kids to the highest bidder.(Do you follow me on Twitter? If you are interested in the topics we talk about here, then please … [Read more...]

Effort to stop release of brutally misogynistic Kanye West video

____________________________________________________________ Update: Adios Barbie announced June 27 that MTV has confirmed it will not air the video.It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” … [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...]

Pornification on Fox: Strippers and Toy Story 3

We watched The Simpsons again last night. I thought it was safe to go back since the regular season is over. A promo for a new show rated featured a very, very scantily clad stripper from the back and side, gyrating. This is softcore porn. The ad … [Read more...]