Girls and Dolls

And while we're on the subject of body image messages, take a look at "Doll Parts" at Feminist Fatale. … [Read more...]

Activist group says focus on advertisers successful

What can I say, I don’t always agree with the Parents Television Council’s ratings, but I love this news. I’ve hated Two and a Half Men ever since they told my little boys about threesomes. We were on the plane going to California to visit their … [Read more...]

Update: Blog design

Interim blog design no. 2.  Yes, I was planning to redesign my blog at some point. So I guess it's today. The geniuses at Blogger found a way to trick me into a blog template change without a way to undo. I just wanted to preview! Annoying but, … [Read more...]

Blog design

Oops, just accidentally changed my blog template and can't seem to undo. Annoying. Standby for refinements. … [Read more...]

Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging! … [Read more...]

Take the TV out of the kids’ bedrooms

Sadly, another child apparently hurt by bullying. Here is Michele Borba on the issue of bullying. Today I talked with Dr. Sharon Maxwell, a clinical psychologist, who said that people are suddenly waking up to the serious issue of bullying, and that … [Read more...]

Bill to restrict school ads in Mass. off the agenda, but junk food ban advances

Rep. Peter J. Koutoujian, Democrat from Waltham, sponsored bills to ban advertising and junk food in schools.A bill that would have put Massachusetts in the lead in removing advertising from schools has been put aside for this legislative … [Read more...]

Legislation intended to counter effects of sexualization

Congresswoman Tammy BaldwinRep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., with co-sponsor Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced a bill on March 24 that is intended to help counter the effects on girls of sexualization in the media. The bill would provide … [Read more...]

Imaginary friends, get ’em while they last

The family was sitting around the table at dinner last night (anachronism alert!). We were brainstorming a new name for the blog, looking for words and images that would convey the concept of protecting children from excessive marketing. I threw out, … [Read more...]

How the world looks from the advertisers point of view

AdWeek has a special issue this week on marketing to kids. It's pretty funny in an ironic weird way that the banner actually looks like it is intended to appeal to kids and it's called the Kids Special Issue, as if it were for kids.Want an eye opener … [Read more...]