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Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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.

Target And Sexy Clothes For Girls: Thoughts From A Mom Of Boys

Melissa Fenton | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

Recently, something happened in my house and it got me thinking about how our children's clothing tastes, and maybe their perceptions of bodies and modesty, are really formed.

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.

The Tables Turn on College Rape

Amy Siskind | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Amy Siskind

As our country moves forward with awareness and acknowledgment of the epidemic of rape on campus, someone's been left behind: our college men.

If Fashion Ads Treated Men And Women The Same Way

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women

Hypersexualized advertisements showing women's bodies (or disembodied parts) are all too commonplace -- but would we react to these ads differently if...

Don't Blame Girls for Their Own Sexualization

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

The problem is not only women copying the standard, but the media itself. The media doesn't create these standards from thin air, but perpetuates them by sensationalizing them in the same way they do with celebrities or news story.

4 Reasons Parents Buy Into The Culture Of Gender Stereotyping

Lori Day | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.

FACE IT: We Need Subtlety in the New Year

Michele Willens | Posted 02.23.2014 | Style
Michele Willens

In all this unsubtlety, there is clearly the attempt to reach through and matter. But just because you shock, it doesn't mean it has more emotional impact. In fact, I would say it has less.

Miley Cyrus: A Blurred Red Line for Culture

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Celebrity
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I've been tracking the reactions to Miley Cyrus's performance - some might use the term spectacle - at the MTV VMA Awards. Speaking of terms, the Oxf...

Save the Tooth Fairy! Toy Industry Execs Highjack a Childhood Icon

Susan Linn | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Susan Linn

Until now, the Tooth Fairy was one of the few iconic children's fantasy figures that escaped being captured, branded, and monetized. But shocking footage from a pitch to investors shows that's about to change -- big time.

Empowered Men Empower Women

Suna Senman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Suna Senman

So while we are told to dress this way, walk that way, avoid those men and stay indoors during these hours, so as to prevent sexual assault, the fact is that women are not the ones who can prevent sexual assault. Men are.

Is This The New 'Big Thing' In Advertising?

Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.21.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

Has advertisers' preoccupation with half-naked women shifted to half-naked men? Unclear. I think that bikini-clad girls will be used to sell products until probably the end of time, but it's interesting to see more chest-bearing men being thrown into the mix.

Gender Progress in Popular Film? Paltry Numbers Suggest Problems Persist

Stacy Smith | Posted 05.14.2013 | Media
Stacy Smith

Given the advocacy and activism we've seen since then, the host of books, documentaries, articles, and speeches designed to push girls and women forward, things should be getting better for females across the board. Right?

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.

What Should Be Printed On Victoria's Secret Underwear

Jennifer Severns | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Severns

In an effort to explain why I'm so frustrated about this latest round Victoria's Secret gaffe, I made alternate versions of the "Bright Young Things" underwear, with messages that convey what goes on in a young girl's mind when she is made to feel like an object and not a person.

Victoria's Secret: My Daughter Does Not Need a Thong That Says 'Call Me' On the Crotch

Carrie Goldman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

I have spent months trying to find Star Wars underpants featuring strong female characters for my tween. I'm still looking. If she were in the market for, oh, say, highly inappropriate sexy thongs, she would be awash in options, such as Victoria's Secret's "Bright Young Things."

Where's the Feminism in the Awareness?

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Nancy Stordahl

It's wrong to trivialize women. It's wrong to trivialize a deadly disease. And I have to ask would this be acceptable if we were dealing with male body parts or a man's disease? Where is the feminism in breast cancer awareness?

Breastfeeding In Public: Can Women be Spiritual in a Male Fantasy World?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Given the mind-spirit-body connection, how can women have a truly healthy spiritual life when our bodies are riddled with doubt, self-consciousness, fear, judgment, disappointment, and demoralizing references?

Are Political Women Being 'Pornified?'

Salon | Posted 09.18.2012 | Women

"Vanity Fair"’s short profile of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough ostensibly depicts them as a dynamic duo reminisc...

Sex Expert Responds To That Cover

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

I've given lots of thought to why this image bothers me. Sure, I want to desexualize the breast (especially in the context of breastfeeding), but does TIME's representation of extended nursing help us get past the anxiety we feel about women's breasts or breastfeeding? I think not.

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.

Hope and Self-Loathing on the Blog Train

Lori Day | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Lori Day

How many more posts do we need railing against the greed and immorality of corporate America and its sociopathic degradation of women and girls to make a buck? Sex sells, right?

What Part of 'Equality' Doesn't the Right Wing Understand?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

Why do social conservatives have so much trouble seeing equality as equality, insisting every time a besieged minority finally gains equal treatment that they're getting an unfair privilege?

The Gender Pendulum: How the Free Market Economy Creates Gender Polarization

Lori Day | Posted 12.04.2011 | Women
Lori Day

What we are witnessing is the triumph of the free market economy over any iota of concern for the emotional and physical wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of society.