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Self-Objectification and Low Self-Esteem

We all know how objectification works, some men see women as an object for their sexual pleasure. But, what happens when girls and women begin to see themselves as an object for men's sexual pleasure? The Association for the American Psychological…

Packaging Girlhood Review

Review written by Leola Dublin Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes should actually be subtitled A Blueprint for Deprogramming Your Daughters. The authors are academics, - developmental psychologists, actually…
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Dear Pres. - Make the Media Stop Sexualizing Kids

Dear Mr. President: As the nation celebrates the first Mother’s and Father’s Days since your inauguration, we appeal to you as a fellow parent to help us protect our children from an onslaught of marketing that undermines good parenting and…

Sex & Violence in Advertising

This story ran last week without photographs (sorry BB Mama). The photographs are imperative to the story, so I'm rerunning it. Visit Black Belt Mama's Blog. I need to first make something very clear. I've never burned a bra (they cost too…
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Shaping Youth Director, Part II

This is a continuation of the interview with Shaping Youth Director Amy Jussel. Read Part I if you missed it. Using the tactics of industry insiders, Shaping Youth is embedding innovative programs that promote healthier, positive values by…
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Interview with Shaping Youth Director

This is an interview with Amy Jussel, the Founder & Executive Director of Shaping Youth, a nonprofit, nonpartisan consortium dealing with media and marketing's impact on kids. The interview was conducted by a student. Using the tactics of industry…
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Perfect Ass

Ainsley, do not borrow shorts with words on the booty ever again. Is it possible that some parents don't understand how a word puzzle works? I can't think of any other reason they would let a little girl wear shorts that say Perfect Ass.
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F.U. B. K.

This would be funny on Saturday Night Live or John Stewart. As actual marketing targeted to children its disrespectful and inappropriate. Parents can effectively fight this kind of nonsense. Write a protest letter to Nickolodean, Sponge…
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Super Bowl Commercials

Did you see my series on the book So Sexy So Soon? Authors Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne made a very compelling argument that companies - with their marketing - are making humans sexually attracted to objects. They are sexualizing objects.…
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TGR Launch Contest #6 - Packaging Girlhood

Packaging Girlhood, written by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown, two board members of consumer advocacy group Shaping Youth, is about how "girlhood" has been co-opted by marketers. Packaging Girlhood guides parents through attempts to claim…

Link Sluts. Really?

I just saw this in "professional" marketing material for an upcoming book directed to women who want to work at home. "BTW, we're sluts for links so if you have a spot on your web site or blog, please feel free to send us a little link-love." REALLY?…
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Empowering Girls: Top 10 Posts in 2008

1. Pro-Ana Suicides 2. Roloffs & Gosselins 3. I Hate Sarah Palin! 4. Tone Turtle 5. Bikini Waxing Tweens & Early Puberty 6. Empowering Girls: 2 Girls 1 Finger - Parents Should Know 7. Lourdes Bashing 8. Empowering Girls: Girl…