I am so excited to learn about the SPARK movement. SPARK began as a response to the The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, which made a clear distinction between healthy sexuality (a developmental task we all have to integrate into our lives; allows for intimacy and is linked to positive feelings) and sexualization (uses girls’ and women’s bodies as a marketing tool; is linked to depression, low self-esteem and eating disorders). This movement was designed to engage girls (ages 13-22) to be part of the solution by working directly with them through events and blogging as well as collaborating with other national partner organizations. I’m frequently asked what can be done to combat sexualization of girls in the media, and this is an excellent place to go to for ideas on how to do just that. I highly recommend this organization!
About this Blog:
My intention is to create a forum to critically discuss sexuality, gender, sexual media, and social media by integrating information from academic and mainstream sources. I do this so you can be informed about what is going on in the sex research world and apply the research to your life. I hope this process produces more sexually competent people who raise sexually competent kids.
I am a sex researcher, sex educator, MSU professor, and National Institute on Drug Abuse Fellow. This is my blog.
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