SPARK Summit--Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge

Friday, October 22, 2010

Challenging the Sexualization of Girls
Hunter College, NYC

What is SPARK?

  • A day-long summit will bring 200 girls and young women (14-22) and 200 adults to Hunter College in NYC on Friday, October 22 to challenge the sexualization of girls by engaging girls to be part of the solution rather than protecting them from the problem
  • Workshops, Action Stations, Plenaries with celebrities, girl activists, workshops for girls and adults, lessons from the field from the most exciting girl movement builders of our time, So Over Being Sexy costume show, and more!
  • Networking, Creating Media, Art, Performance, Protests, Hands-on Action "Actionspots"
  • Exhibits, Body Movement Program, Hear a Story/Tell a Story, Text Actions
  • The Launch of the Most Important Social Movement for Girls (and all of us!) in the 21st Century! Be part of the SPARK movement that this Summit will start, to create "enabling conditions" necessary for all girls to be strong, healthy, connected, and real!
  • Announcement of exciting SPARK-inspired policy changes and cutting-edge research findings
  • An AMAZING coalition of individuals and groups from around the country are SPARK partners.

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Fans of NCRW will particularly enjoy the 11:30am research-driven panel, "Numbers Don't Lie!" featuring:

  • Jennifer Stevens Aubrey (University of Missouri-Columbia), "Sexualization in Popular Female Artists' Music Videos: An Analysis of Race and Genre"
  • Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz (University of Missouri-Columbia), "Video Game Vixens: The Sexualization of Women and Girls in Video Games"
  • Rebecca Bigler & Sarah McKenney (University of Texas, Austin) "High Heels, Low Grades? The Costs Associated With Sexualization"
  • Elizabeth Daniels (University of Oregon), "'You can score with me': What girls think of sexed-up media images of female athletes"
  • Stacy Smith (University of Southern California), "General audience or G-porn? A look at the prevalence and sexualization of females in film and children?s television programming"
  • L. Monique Ward (University of Michigan), "A woman?s worth: How media use shapes Black and White teens? views of the feminine ideal"
  • Aurora Sherman and Eileen Zurbriggen (Oregon State University and University of California, Santa Cruz), "'I can be . . .' anything?: Playing with Barbie reduces girls? career aspirations."

Not able to join us in NYC?  Not a problem!  Join the Virtual Summit.  The virtual summit will be a live, interactive broadcast on the web. Registrants will be engaged live for a full day with the main goings-on at the Summit. Virtual registrants will be able to ask questions of the speakers, interact with other virtual participants, participate in mobile advocacy shout-outs, and lend their voices to the effort to challenge the sexualization of young women and girls on Summit Day and throughout the year.

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Presented by:

The ASAP Initiative; TrueChild; Hardy Girls, Healthy Women; Ms. Foundation for Women; Women's Media Center