Earlier this week, Kimberley Hall, a mom, wrote a blog post in the form of a letter to her sons’ female friends who were posting sexual pictures of themselves on social media outlets. This letter went viral. I posted it on my Facebook account and received a huge response to the post. I decided to look at it more deeply and came up with 10 things I think we can learn from what wasn’t said in Kim’s letter to teenage girls:
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:
I'm here to help us discuss sexuality, gender, and media by integrating information from academic and mainstream sources. I hope this resource produces more sexually competent people who raise sexually competent kids.