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Sexualization of Girls

6 Tips for Raising Daughters

Kemi Nekvapil | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Kemi Nekvapil

Our daughters will learn from us how to value themselves. Whether we like it or not, we are responsible for what they are exposed to and what they hold up as values while they are young.

The Cost of Saying Nothing to Our Daughters

Anastasia Basil | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Anastasia Basil

This "awareness" of the perfect female body never left me. How could it? The female gender is heavily marketed. If you are born with a vagina your identity has been prepackaged for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the box.

Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Good News
Greg Archer

Sophia Turkiewicz They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era that...

Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls? Now That's Scary

Rebecca S. Bigler | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Rebecca S. Bigler

Social scientists have found that the exposure to sexualized messages is associated with body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, low self-esteem and depression among adult women.

Who's Really Sexualizing Our Daughters, Anyway?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

Children are not sexual. Exposed skin is not sexual. Children with exposed skin are not sexual. Children are children.

Schoolgirls, Rebellion and Money in Japan: A Conversation With Sharon Kinsella

Justin Forest | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Justin Forest

It is a very difficult thing to attempt to measure how media does and does not influence society, groups in society.

Father Responds To Allegations Of His 'Pornographic' Photos In Amazing Way

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts

Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and a father. In 2014 he took his two-year-old daughter Stella on a cross-country road trip, photographing their journ...

This Is NOT the Candy Land of Your Childhood

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 03.11.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

He steered me in the direction of an end cap a few aisles away, calling out to me as I hurried off, "They changed the box and packaging a little bit, but you should be able to spot it." Spotted.

The French Government Bans Child Beauty Pageants and I Hope it Catches On

Deborah Cruz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.

Why They Wanted Paris Hilton's Underwear

Posted 06.04.2013 | Los Angeles

Director Sofia Coppola's new film "The Bling Ring' depicts the wild real-life 2008-2009 burglaries of celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan ...

Talk About a Choking Hazard! What I Never Expected to Find in a Kinder Surprise Egg

Pamela Poole | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Pamela Poole

There's a sickening trend towards sexualization of girls in toys and entertainment. And there's a long-term issue, going back to Barbie's youth, with presenting girls with unhealthy and unrealistic physical ideals through toys and entertainment intended for them

Why Merida Matters

Lauren Boyle | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Lauren Boyle

The original image of Merida was precious and clung to by moms who adored Merida for her adventures, her love of her family, and her resemblance to the young girls they know and love.

Victoria's Secret Lingerie Line Targeting Teens

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Surely logic would dictate that however misguided the President's comments about Kamala Harris, they are utterly insignificant compared to the ongoing campaign to make our girls into sexually active women well before it is healthy or appropriate for them to be so.

The Problem With Victoria's Secret's Marketing

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

It's not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like "Call Me" and "Feeling Lucky?" are entirely shocking coming from Victoria's Secret, but more that they insisted on comparing our young daughters to objects and things in order to sell them this lingerie.

I Don't Care How Big the Market Is, Those Are My Daughters

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Between the cotton candy colors, bright toys and Beiber-fever, it is obvious to me why Victoria's Secret appeals to the bat mitzvah set.

6 Critical Reasons to Rethink Football and Kids

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

The physical risks to football players should be taken with the utmost seriousness, but the more important questions are about what lessons kids are learning about how to define themselves and to relate to one another.

The Disturbing Sexualization of Really Young Girls

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

Is there any chance that we can convince the companies that sell sexuality to young girls to just stop it because it is wrong? No way! So, as is so often the case with children, the buck stops with us.

SPARKing Change: Not Just One Girl At a Time

Deborah L. Tolman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Deborah L. Tolman

The real story -- the disruptive story -- about women and girls joining together to demand a better, safer, more joyful world is being lived, and it needs also to be told.

Thinner, Sexier, Hotter: 3 Ways to Help Your Daughter Resist Media Pressures

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

How many times have you heard your daughter singing along to a popular song on the radio and innocently belting out the kind of lyrics that would otherwise get her sent to her room?

How to Use Sexualized Halloween Costumes to Discuss the Power of Mothers and Daughters

Joyce McFadden | Posted 12.10.2011 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

When my daughter was twelve, I asked her what she and her girlfriends were going to be for Halloween. She casually mentioned that one of the girls in her class was going to be a prostitute, and one of the boys would be going as her pimp.

Girls and Jersey Shore: An Unparalleled Mismatch

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 10.22.2011 | Parents
Joel Schwartzberg

Cynopsis Kids, the childrens' media news site, notes that, for the week of August 8th, MTV's Jersey Shore was the #1 show for teens 12-17. To impressionable young minds, there's a message in all of that.

Can We Stop Using the Word "Tramp"?

Jennifer Cowie King | Posted 07.06.2011 | Style
Jennifer Cowie King

"Tramp" is a provocative 5 letter word. We must be careful how we use it. Whether in slander or owning it, the meaning is the same. A woman is either being devalued or is devaluing herself. And, that is a message that we don't want to give our daughters.

Mae Jemison: Insights from a Barrier-Breaking Astronaut

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is a dynamo with a great sense of humor and a long list of creds, including first African-American female astronaut to travel in ...