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SPARK Ally of the day: Jennifer Finney Boylan

I’m a writer and a teacher, best known, maybe, for my memoir, She’s Not There, the first bestselling book by a transgender American. I have tried to shine a light on gender issues in the media, from the New York Times op/ed page to the Oprah Winfrey Show. Freeing girls from the shackles of media…

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My Trip to the “Capital of Beautiful Women”

This summer I traveled to Colombia and stayed in Cali, a city known for being the country’s “capital of beautiful women.” Knowing this I was even more intrigued to see how gender roles and representation play themselves out.…

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SPARK Ally of the day: Rachell Arteaga

I am a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where I’m learning about different types of research that I will use to shift the current kids’ media environment to be a more nurturing, inclusive community for girls and children of color. I want to help spark this movement because the sexualization of…

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SPARK Ally of the day: Amy Jussel

I’m founder of Shaping Youth, a nonprofit consortium dealing with media and marketing’s impact on kids. We’re using tactics of industry insiders to fight fire with fire and excited to help light the fuse to spark the power of media for positive change. I’m a writer/producer by trade and have seen industry devolve into appearance-based…

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SPARK Ally of the day: Jaclyn Friedman

I’m the executive director of Women, Action & the Media, writer, performer, speaker and activist. I’m also the editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, a book dedicated to creating a safer, healthier world in which everyone can experience their sexuality on their own terms. I’m adding…

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SPARK Ally of the day: Melissa Wardy

I am the creator of Pigtail Pals, a company that offers the empowering message to girls to Redefine Girly. I run Pigtail Pals online store, write our blog, design our products, and talk to parents and girls about media literacy and the sexualization of girls. I am adding the Redefine Girly spark to this movement…

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Eminem and Rihanna Collaborate to Address Domestic Violence

Eminem’s new track featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie,” has received intense media attention over its accompanying music video. Since its debut last Thursday, “Love the Way You Lie” has been viewed almost 18 million times on YouTube. The video’s graphic depiction of domestic violence and and stars Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan make it, for better or for worse, a hot button topic.…

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SPARK Ally of the day: Sharon Lamb

I’m a professor, author, researcher, and media critic who co-authored Packaging Girlhood and the APA Task Force Report on the Sexualization of Girls and is currently co-authoring a sexual ethics curriculum.  Girls deserve a sex education that’s real and relevant and critical of sexualizing images so that they can both explore and be safe, get…

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