Online Organizations 

About-Face — A website that equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful  media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image.

Center for Media Literacy — A website that provides resources for creating, understanding and evaluating media.

Common Sense Media — This is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. 

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media — 
Spotlights gender inequalities at every media and entertainment company through cutting-edge research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) — A non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of girls and women. Their vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives and to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them.

Kids Health — The online teen source looks at why self-esteem and body image are important to teens and includes suggestions about dealing with issues appropriately.

Scarleteen — An independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. Questions on sexuality, relationships and body image among  others can be found on the site.

Spark — Spark began as a response to The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and its call for grassroots mobilizing around the clear and present danger that sexualization poses to girls and young women. There are many campaign links, a blog and links to supporting organizations.

Your Brain On Porn — A website with a collection of articles, research and resources about the  effects of Internet pornography on the brain.



‘Teenage Brain on Porn’

‘Sexting Turns Explicit, Altering Young Lives’

‘National Review: Getting Serious On Pornography’

‘So How Do We Talk About This? When Children See Internet Pornography’

‘Plastic Surgery Doesn’t Boost Self-Esteem’


Ally’s Story — Second thoughts on sexting 
(on the bottom right hand side of the page)

Centrefold — Discusses one woman’s experience with labiaplasty

Addicted to Online Pornography (audio) — NPR's Diane Rehm discusses the topic with Dr. David Greenfield


So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids 
by Diane E. Levin Ph.D. and Jean Kilbourne Ed.D. 
This book provides parents with the information, skills, and confidence they need to discuss sensitive topics openly and effectively–so their kids can just be kids. 

I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World 
by Eve Ensler 
This book was used in the reading at Winnifred’s Bat mitzvah.  It is a collection of fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. It is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be. 

Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age 
by James P. Steyer 
This book of advice addresses the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/addiction problems, and the lack of privacy. Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages. 

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture 
by Ariel Levy 
This book critiques the highly sexualized American culture in which women are objectified,  objectify one another, and are encouraged to objectify themselves.

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