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The New Partnership Between the WWE and the NEA: I See How It’s Good for the Companies, but How Do the Kids Benefit?


This is an interesting & compelling article by Rosalind Wiseman on the partnership between the WWE and the National Education Association.  She talks about the irony of the anti-bullying message that the WWE purports to deliver and the political & business agenda that motivates their efforts to become more “family-friendly.”

It is clear how the WWE benefits from a partnership with the NEA.  And I even “get” how the NEA thought this partnership might be a good idea.  But I can’t for the life of me figure out how kids are supposed to benefit.  Isn’t that the group that both say they are aiming to reach?  Seems like a whole lot of exploitation to me…

The Healthy Media for Youth Act


According to

  • More than half of girls (55 percent) admit they diet to lose weight
  • 42 percent of girls know someone their age who forced themselves to throw up after eating
  • 37 percent know someone who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • 31 percent admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose weight.

According to the Girls Inc, even young girls, 3rd through 5th grade, worry about their appearance (54 percent), and specifically their weight (37 percent).

The American Psychological Association’s Report on the Sexualization of Girls (2007) found that three of the most common (more…)

Seven Going on Seventeen: What Parents Can Do About Sexualized Media Messages for Girls


“In each case, girls are being presented with an extremely narrow definition of femininity – one that is largely focused on how they are seen by others.”

Check out this great article that includes helpful guidelines for parents about talking with their daughters about media messages.  I (more…)

Monster High Brings the Power of Kindness to Girls


I now hate to admit it, but whenever my daughters and I approached the Monster High Dolls display at our local Target, I intentionally called their attention to something else in the aisle, trying to distract them from the dolls.  My rationale: upon quick glance, I assumed they were the next generation of Bratz dolls, the hypersexualized barbie-esque doll that I promised never to buy.

Imagine my surprise when I came upon this article which corrected my off-the-mark assumption.  According to Mattel rep,  Lori Patel, “The Monster High brand uses the monster metaphor to show girls that it is ok to be different and that our unique differences should be celebrated.””


>Parents, Don’t Dress Your Girls Like Tramps by LZ Granderson


>”Friends bow to peer pressure. Parents say, ‘No, and that’s the end of it.'”

Just came across this article on by LZ Granderson.  It is so brilliantly written and so completely true regarding the clothing options available for young girls…and a parent’s role in making decisions for their kids–cool points notwithstanding!

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