Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today Is Love Your Body Day, But Every Day Should Be

The NOW Foundation has declared today, Oct. 20, "Love Your Body Day" and has made visuals and discussion materials available on its web site.  These are terrific for classroom discussions in a range of high school and college courses.  The package describes how advertisers and the media perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards, sexual ideals and gender stereotypes that girls internalize at younger and younger ages, and that influence their behavior throughout their adult lives, sometimes with devastating physical and mental results.  Read more about the program and see the slide show at:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Girl Scouts Leading New Campaign for Healthy Media Images for Girls and Women

Today at the U.S. Capitol: The Girl Scouts of America convened a conference on how to urge the media to offer healthy images of girls and women. GSA also previewed a new public service annnouncement urging girls to be the best versions of themselves, not imitators of celebrities or ultra-thin models. Watch it here and pass it on: