Fighting back against the early sexualization of girls

Check out the awesome Ileana Jimenez and the incredibly wise student, Yanique Richards, in this video. It’s all leading up to the SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge) Summit at Hunter College later this month. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out, and if you’re not in the area, never fear; these folks are starting a movement. Our very own Samhita, Perez, and Chloe will be doing a workshop at the summit on blogging for girls!

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  • Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Ugggh….sexting. But can anybody tell me something about this situation: I knew a girl who, a a months before I met her, had sent a picture of her vagina after her boyfriend texted her that he would love her for it. They were caught as soon as she sent it and months later had broke up (unrelated ). What would make them go into that kind of thing? Especially since if he hadn’t deleted it on force, he could’ve posted it up on the internet.

  • alex

    while i think it is worthwhile to hold this discussion, in our capitalistic society i find it unrealistic that the media will change its very effective methods

    i think we should be devoting our resources and time not to trying to change the media but to trying to change the education of women basically from birth- we need to empower women so that they are able to analyze these messages

  • Kim

    AT LEAST IF NOT MORE IMPORTANTLY, we need to be educating MEN. Period.

  • Jenny

    @alex- I agree. It sometimes does seem futile to try and force the media to change their methods in our capitalistic society. It seems like the teenage girl who speaks in the video *is* concerned with showing girls that they can/should choose to watch things that are beneficial to them.
    At the same time, it’s a bit disheartening to see Miley Cyrus, a seventeen year old, and the star of a kids show aimed at elementary school aged girls walking around in a revealing outfit in her video talking about how she “can’t be tamed” and gyrating her hips at the camera saying that if you realize she can’t be tamed…. THEN you and her could make some magic….
    Also, the hypersexualized bratz dolls and other fashion dolls aimed at young girls are a bit disgusting and over-the-top. I think that efforts pointed specifically in that direction might actually prove to be beneficial. However, taking on the media as a whole…. not so much.