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NEDA’s Proud2bMe Campaign Matters To Girls Like Me

by Annemarie McDaniel Society’s expectations of women pull and stretch us in every direction, telling us to be slender but not anorexic, sexy but not sexual, and pretty but not vain. It’s a constant balancing act for women, and now young girls, to emulate what the media tells us is the ultimate woman, and it…

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Teen Vogue HW #4 + how you can help!

Our fourth Teen Vogue homework assignment comes from SPARK blogger Ria, who analyzed the March 2008 issue of Teen Vogue. Seem kind of in the distant past? NAH–when we met with them, they gave us issues dating back to 2008 to study up on, so we figure this is fair game! Here’s what she found,…

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We've done our homework–now it's time for Teen Vogue to do theirs

by Maya Brown This past summer, fabulous SPARKTeam members Emma and Carina wrote a Change.org petition and staged a mock fashion show outside of Teen Vogue headquarters, asking the magazine to follow the lead of Seventeen and pledge to stop photoshopping the bodies and faces of girls in their magazine and commit to showing diversity…

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Let It All Out: A Guide to Getting Your Voice Heard

by Georgia Luckhurst One of the biggest problems many young feminists face is the blatant disrespect their peers have for them.  When I first began to get interested in modern-day sexism, and began to wonder how I could change it, I was scared of how my classmates, and worse, my friends, would react.  But then…

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Altered Bodies, Altered Minds: We want Teen Vogue to Keep it Real

by Britney Franco Yesterday, we SPARK girls had a mock fashion show outside of the Condé Nast building in Times Square, New York, and publicly voiced our opinion on how Teen Vogue alters the bodies of the girls who appear in their publication. We made sure that people saw how girls were affected by this; after all, 75%…

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CALLING ALL TEEN GIRLS! Join our virtual Teen Vogue action!

Thanks to you, Seventeen Magazine publicly committed to never altering girls’ faces or bodies and to showing a diverse range of beauty. Now it’s Teen Vogue’s turn to step it up, and we think they may need a little SPARKlin’ encouragement. On Wednesday July 11th (that’s tomorrow!), Emma Stydahar, Carina Cruz, and the rest of the…

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Seventeen commits–now, Teen Vogue!

By Emma Stydahar The past few months have been very exciting in terms of how women and girls are portrayed in print magazines. Firstly, after SPARK staged a protest in support of SPARK member Julia Bluhm’s petition urging Seventeen Magazine to change their photoshop policy, in this months issue of Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket announced…

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Join the Keep It Real Challenge!

We are super excited to announce the launch of our latest campaign, together with Miss Representation, LoveSocial, I Am That Girl, and Endangered Bodies: The Keep It Real Challenge! We were so invigorated by the positive response to SPARK blogger Julia’s petition asking Seventeen Magazine to run one unretouched photo spread per month, but we…

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