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"Real" Human Barbie

The Internet is awash with controversy over whether a Ukrainian woman is a "natural" Barbie look-a-like. Did she have plastic surgery or didn't she? Uh, who cares? The more interesting question is why she wants to emulate an inanimate…
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Free Love Distortion on Kindle

Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories is being offered right now on Amazon's Kindle for FREEEEEEEE!!! That's right. I want to gift a copy of my book to you for free! AND you can share it with your friends…
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If This is Progress Where the Hell Are We Going?

The blogosphere is confusing the hell out of me. Specifically the supposed advocacy blogosphere, which says it's watching out for body image and female progress. In previous years these advocates would argue that certain toy companies excluded…
The Internet is inundated with criticism about media's responsibility for girls and women's body image these days. With the proposed Self Esteem Act, which demands responsibility of both government and media, and well-meaning, do-gooding,…
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Change Your Life: Girls Play Sports!

We've enrolled Ainsley in a variety of sports to see which ones she'd excel at and which ones might light something in her. When her pediatrician told us her BMI was high and we needed to make some changes, we realized our book-worm of…
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Spark Summit Q's

The Spark Summit hosted experts on body image and girlhood, who fielded some complex questions and came up with some great answers. Q1: Brooklyn, NY: What do you have to say about sports, for example, competitive cheerleading, which…
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Pigtail Pals Helps Take Down Child Molester Manual

This post, On Silence and Taboo, was originally posted by Melissa Wardy at PigTail Pals. I've cross-posted it with her permission. Be sure to become her Facebook Fan, follow her on Twitter, buy an empowering t-shirt from her for a special girl…
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Soul Path: Private Practice Rape

So there's this evil character on Private Practice, she's the BOSS, THE Chief-of-Staff, Charlotte. The cold hard unfeeling hateful, sexaholic, overly-ambitious, Ex-Texan LA-living, plan-killin BITCH. God, to hate her is the only RIGHT way. She's…
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Glee's Lea Michele, First GQ, Now in Bed With Dove

Last week Lea Michele, the lead actress and head Gleek on the hit television show Glee, was shot in a spread for GQ Magazine in poses intentionally looking like a hyper-sexual little girl. The lollipop, the school girl attire, common props for…
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Deconstructing Halloween Dress Up

Yesterday I ran a post, Girls Sexuality Exploited by Culture and I got a little flack. In 2008, I used the same photograph to juxtapose what real girls are wearing for Halloween versus the marketing for Halloween costumes, Empowering Girls…
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Girls Sexuality Exploited by Culture

Have you seen the stories about the Pornification of Halloween with alarming photos of girls who, it is implied, look more like "porn fantasies" than little girls playing dress up? I wrote one of them a few years ago. That was before…

Spark Summit

There is a new organization with seasoned players taking on the sexualization of girls, SPARK Summit. SPARK is organizing a Summit - Spark Summit on Oct 22. SPARK Summit will launch an intergenerational movement to support and stand with…