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Taking Sexy Back: Why and How to End the Media’s Sexualization of Girls

The American Psychological Association’s Task Force Report on Sexualization of Girls became the most downloaded document in the history of the APA’s website, because it exposed a simple truth: The media’s sexualization of girls is hurting both children and adults. We’ll review that revealing data, explore the difference between content that’s sexual and content that’s sexualizing, learn what girls are already doing to fight back against this damaging and pervasive trend, and build on best practices for replacing dangerous media images with healthy representations of both girls and sexuality. You’ll leave with concrete tools to counter the dominant narrative, a comprehensive resource guide, an action plan you can implement in your own work, and a community of girls and adults to back you up. Together we’ll challenge the belief that “it’s just the way things are,” and demonstrate what the alternatives can be.

I’m honored to be moderating this session, featuring Jean Kilbourne, Diane Levin, and Diana Martinez, at the Nation Conference for Media Reform. Waterfront 2.

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How New Is New? Diversity in Emerging Media

The future of journalism is about more than finding a new business model for the same old news. Media’s reinvention is a chance to re-imagine what news could look like if diversity – of sources, stories and staffing – were a core value. Some emerging outlets and organizations strive to fully integrate ideals of inclusivity in defining what and who is news; how does this change the stories they tell? This discussion challenges the idea of diversity as a static “good thing” to be tacked on to our work, and asks what it means to do news a truly new way.

I’m joining Letrell Crittenden, Florence Hernandez-Ramos, and Janine Jackson for this crucial discussion at the National Conference for Media Reform. Harborview Ballroom 1.

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Tune in tonight

Going to be on the Rick Smith Show tonight, talking about the GOP’s efforts to redefine rape and outlaw abortion, instead of creating jobs, like they promised. 9:15 ET. Tune in!

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Smut Slam (Boston, MA)

I’ll be one of the celeb judges at the Smut Slam (think poetry slam, except with smut in any genre). At Kennedy’s Midtown, 42 Province St., Boston. Details here.

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