Media Commentary

Magic Mike: actually magic, or the same old tricks?

[Ed. note: this is a guest post by a blogger from one of our sister organizations, Powered By Girl] by Jamie Martina After my eyes adjusted to the deluge of perfect pecs and smooth bodies gyrating in athletic finesse, I saw past the blinding stage lights, past the penis pump, past the sleaze-ball that is Matthew McConaughey —…

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Sexualization Gone Global

by Jenny Sim In light of our Keep it Real challenge with Miss Rep, LoveSocial, and I Am That Girl, and Seventeen’s recent promise to never alter the faces or bodies of its models, I wanted to dedicate my first blog to talking about advertising in East Asian countries. The Korean community is heavily celebrity-focused:…

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Love whose body?

by Anya Josephs Young women hear a lot of messages coming from the media, and most of aren’t very positive. Three in four girls feel worse about themselves after reading fashion magazines. A 1996 study found that teen girls’ exposure to certain types of TV programming affected their body dissatisfaction. Watching TV lowers the self-esteem…

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Get it, Girl: Leslie Knope

by Alice Wilder Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope cares. “It’s kind of my thing,” she says. That’s why I love her. Leslie is the protagonist of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the deputy director of Pawnee, Indiana’s department of parks and recreation. Aside from being a delightful character, she’s a great role model. From her…

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Complex female characters in kids' TV: Avatar & Korra

by Eliana Buenrostro For the past 3 months, I’ve really enjoyed watching The Legend of Korra on Nickelodeon. For those whose don’t know, The Legend of Korra is a follow up to the critically acclaimed series Avatar: the Last Airbender, which aired on Nick from 2005 to 2008. Avatar is heavily inspired by distinct Asian…

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Boy Blogger: Unrealistic Media Images Get Into Boys' Heads, Too

Ed note: We talk a lot at SPARK about the negative outcomes of girls internalizing impossible ideals of beauty, but not much about the dangers of boys internalizing those ideals. This post, while sometimes harsh and shocking, illustrates an issue that, from where we’re standing, isn’t addressed enough: how impossible media images affect the relationships…

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#KeepItReal vlog party!

SPARK bloggers Julia, Kaye, Crystal, and Seila talk about #KeepItReal, photo editing, body image, and more! Check ’em out! Julia: “We’re not saying it’s bad to have a certain body type. That’s what the media’s saying.”   Kaye: “We know you’re not really selling us magazines. You’re selling us insecurity.”   Crystal: “Where does that…

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Are You Kidding, Cosmo?

By Seila Rizvic By now, we’ve all likely heard of Demi Lovato’s struggle with eating disorders and self-harm. An MTV documentary based on her struggles aired in March of this year and no doubt inspired many girls to seek help for themselves. Demi’s experiences prove that celebrities are not immune to the constant public scrutiny and criticism…

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