Body Image

TOADY 2014: The Case for Barbie Loves Girl Scouts

Each year, the Toy Industry Association gathers to present its TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In honor of the industry that has led the way in commercializing childhood, CCFC will present its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award for the Worst Toy of the Year. From thousands of toys that promote precocious sexuality to children and push branded and screen-based entertainment at the expense of children’s play, CCFC has selected five exceptional finalists.

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pal and Ballcap Buddies has written a wonderful handbook for parents trying to navigate the maelstrom of sexualized and stifling gender messages marketing to girls. Redefining Girly begins with Wardy’s account of her own transformation from an exasperated mom to effective activist. The rest of the book is packed—and we mean packed—with practical and concrete advice for parents who are trying to counter the damaging stereotypes for girls.

The Sexualization of Childhood

The sixth book in Sharna Olfman's Childhood in America series, The Sexualization of Childhood is an important look at the consequences of immersing children in a sexualized world. With chapters by leading experts in sociology, psychology and child development - including CCFC co-founders Susan Linn and Diane Levin - the book explores the ways in which children are being sexualized and the impact on their physical, psychological, and sexual development.

The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from YOU About Sex

The Talk is an excellent book for parents on how to talk to their children about sex. Dr. Maxwell describes the "sexy" culture our children are saturated in and how that is harmful. She gives practical guidance for parents on sharing values with their children. Maxwell also emphasizes the important of talking to your kids well before puberty in order to empower them to resist an oversexed world and make healthy, age-appropriate choices.

Marketing, Eating Disorders and Body Image

Even as children are bombarded from infancy with messages to eat foods high in calories, sugar, and fat, they-girls especially-are being sold the ideal of being impossibly thin. Eating disorders among teenagers are disturbingly common and even girls as young as six are worrying about their weight.

The discontent teenage girls feel about how they look is linked to watching television commercials and reading fashion magazines. Over half use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.

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