Media Commentary

Intervene on Halloween

SPARK leaders, Deb Tolman and Lyn Mikel Brown, discuss the popularity of risqué Halloween costumes among young girls with talk radio show host Joan Hamburg.  Listen to the podcast and learn what you as a parent or advocate can do.…


Mattel Debuts New “News Anchor” Barbie…But She’s Not a Role Model

The “Barbie: I Can Be…” series of dolls is an admirable project if you look at its mission statement alone: “Barbie® I Can Be…™ dolls and accessories empower girls to play out different roles and “try on” fabulous careers.” Awesome, right?  Who wouldn’t be behind diversifying the career pool in girls’ minds in their crucial…


“Easy A”: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

By Caroline Framke The newest high school comedy to attempt Mean Girls status is Easy A, which takes the plotline of moral righteousness from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s nineteenth century novel The Scarlet Letter and transplants it to a present-day California high school. Olive Pendergast (the seriously likable Emma Stone) is a nonentity at her high school,…


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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