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...]

This holiday season, send little girls a positive message

Another in an occasional series highlighting individuals who are creating media or marketing products with positive messages for children and youth, and individuals using their creativity to promote media literacy among the young.Any little girls on … [Read more...]

Images of women we would like to see more often in marketing

Got off my bike to snap this one. Because it made me happy.Nothing on my blog gets more hits than this one: Research shows positive media images do a world of good.People searching on “positive images of women athletes,” “positive images of women,” … [Read more...]

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...]

Slather on some Positive Marketing this summer

Today I am introducing a new series highlighting individuals who are creating media or marketing products with positive messages for children and youth, and individuals using their creativity to promote media literacy among the young.Since we are … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Winter’s Bone

I highly recommend Winter's Bone–with its excellent messages about female strength and courage, as well as the damaging effects of illicit drugs–for older teens. What’s with movie ratings? Apparently any mention of illicit drugs earns an R, but you … [Read more...]

Mainstream retailer questions the gender police. I feel giddy.

Is J. Crew a subversive company that questions the cultural paradigm? Or was the decision to publish a photo of a mother painting her small son’s toenails hot pink a deliberate business decision designed to generate controversy and therefore free … [Read more...]

Ads on school buses, ads on thighs: This week in the world of media

I have learned this week that a lot of people are interested in positive, non-sexualized images of female athletes. I’m glad. What else? Read on:These states have legislation pending to allow ads on school buses:Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, … [Read more...]

More Positive Images of Women Athletes

A few weeks back I wrote about the positive effects on girls of portraying female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. Today, an update. Here is a women’s rugby campus marketing campaign … [Read more...]