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Everyday Tumblin’

by Melissa Campbell In the past few years, there’s been a ton of talk about the power of the Internet as a tool of activism—and as someone who grew up on the Internet, I often find that the people who are espousing social media’s activist brilliance actually have no idea how young people are using…

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Candies, Hear Us Now?

by Maya Brown A couple of weeks ago SPARK posted a blog about Candies, a clothing and apparel brand for tweens and teens and their mixed messages. While Candies shoes and clothing ads have a penchant for sexualized images, the Candies Foundation focuses on preventing teen pregnancy, often using an abstinence-only message.  We at SPARK found…

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Replica

Nadia Bourne is a slam poet and activist currently studying at St. John’s University in New York. This particular poem focuses on Nadia’s goal for six months of abstinence. “I think that it is important, not only for girls to know the worth and the cost in giving yourself to another, but for men to…

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Music To My Ears

by Maya Brown On one of my YouTube binges I found myself watching the video “Fireworks” by Katie Perry.  I half expected Snoop Dog to pop out and start rapping or for the sparks to come out of Perry’s boobs rather than her heart. I was rather relieved that it actually had a good message…

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The Definition of Redefine

by Culley Schultz Big hair + bright makeup = stereotypical Texas. But this past fall, six high school girls set out to redefine beautiful and take back teen beauty. Texas high schoolers Samantha Gibbs, Lauren Gilby, Nina Smith, Emily Gates, Laura Kelly, and Caroline Tessler from Colleyville Heritage High School founded the “Redefining Beautiful” club.…

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Envisioning Healthy Girl Sexuality Webinar

Sexualization of girls is everywhere. What is the alternative? Hardy Girls Healthy Women presents Envisioning Healthy Girl Sexuality Webinar on Friday, April 29, 2011; 12:00-1:30 EST In a sea of toxic media messages, envisioning development of healthy attitudes about sex is no easy task. Join expert Dr. Sharon Lamb in Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s next webinar to learn what we, as caring adults in girls’ lives, can do to combat unhealthy messages!…

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Paint Us Neon Pink

by Camilla Ostrow Let me just begin by saying: J. Crew.  Ohhhhh, J. Crew.  If you only knew the controversy your innocent little ad would create, then I would gander to guess that well… ya would’ve just used some nail polish remover.  I know, I know, this story has pretty much been beaten to death…

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Popular Advertising

by Julia Bluhm So you walk down a hall past bunches of kids racing to their next class. You bump into a bunch of Hollister sweatshirts and a couple of Abercrombie tank tops as the posse of “popular kids” parades in a storm of straightened hair and girly giggles. Then, you try to squeeze past…

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