Media Commentary

Represent US with Miss Representation

The media doesn’t represent us–so we’re making our own media. We’re sick of media that shows women and girls as weak, catty, looks-obsessed, boy-crazy objects of pleasure, so the SPARKteam is joining Miss Representation in demanding media that fairly, fully, and accurately represents women. For every 1000 videos submitted, the folks at the Miss Representation campaign…

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Hey Dr. Pepper, It's Just Not Funny

By Kaye Toal Dr. Pepper is coming out with a new drink, and if you’re anything like me, you already think it’s stupid. It’s called Dr. Pepper Ten. It has 10 calories. And it’s not for women. No, seriously, that’s the tagline! That’s what their brilliant marketing team — who are each probably getting paid…

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Tomi-Ann Roberts on the sexualization of girls

via Radio Colorado College comes this amazing interview with Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology and member of the APA Taskforce on the Sexualization of Girls. “Girls are not passive recipients of these cultural messages. Girls are active agents. We know from developmental cognitive psychology that young boys and girls, once they know what their gender is,…

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Thelma and Louise: Two Decades of Feminist Action

By Diana Martinez When I first saw Thelma and Louise, I was just still a young girl. At this point I had been exposed to feminism as a child, but I had never seen any women as brazen and kick-ass as these two characters. Before I knew what patriarchy was, I understood it through this…

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SPARK Is Taking Princess Back

By Stephanie Cole There is no doubt that a manufactured concept of the term “princess” has been a primary tool of our current culture’s limiting construction of girlhood. I’m sure any parent can attest that a multitude of pink “princess” shirts, poufy dresses, and the ubiquitous Disney Princess product line are impossible to avoid as…

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SPARKit with PBG!

  The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about things that really matter to us, we can teach other people–grownups, boys, girls all across the world–a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and…

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Bunnies, Flight Attendants, and Suburbanites, Oh My!

By Maya Brown The new fall lineup is upon us. We’ve seen promos, we’ve heard spoilers, and we’ve watched interviews. We’ve read discussions about the new breakout shows and excited blogs about which will be the funniest. Well, here are my top three shows to avoid by all means–or at least to watch on Hulu…

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Not 'The Next Big Thing'

By Culley Schultz American Apparel is notorious for carrying its products in small sizes, ultimately cutting the “average” woman from their demographic. The chain’s lack of products to fit buyers wearing above a size 10/12 (American Apparel’s current “large”) has been controversial to say the least.  So now American Apparel is doing something about it.…

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