A selection of articles on body image and media literacy issues.

Boy Blogger: “Seventeen Magazine Pictures Are Silly and Unreal”

An excerpt: “The girls I know, real girls, don’t look anything like this. They look normal. Most of them aren’t covered in makeup, they wear the kind of clothes I wear, comfortable, everyday clothes, and they don’t look like Barbie dolls…”

2 Teen Girls Took A Fashion Mag Into A Lunchroom And Came Back With This Video

An excerpt: “Bursts of hysterical giggling aside, seeing these young girls juxtaposed next to the magazine photos is a reality check for all of us. About halfway through, they start to ask teen boys what they think…”

Historical Perspective on the LEGO Gender Gap

An excerpt: “LEGO bricks were originally marketed as toys for both boys and girls. The 60s saw the introduction of new elements to the LEGO system like wheels, windows and hinges. Marketing images from this era tend to feature boys and girls equally…”

Prom Spending Surges? Media Panics, Hype and Critical Thinking 2012

An excerpt: “Ever since media headlines began trumpeting four-figure price escalations and pundits started crowing that ‘prom is the new wedding’ citing a national AVERAGE of $1078 per a widely distributed Visa survey of 1000 phone respondents, I decided to put my incredulousness to an informal peer review using social media as a conduit…”

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Help support this amazing project by Anita Sarkeesian: “I love playing video games but I’m regularly disappointed in the limited and limiting ways women are represented. This video project will explore, analyze and deconstruct some of the most common tropes and stereotypes of female characters in games. The series will highlight the larger reoccurring patterns and conventions used within the gaming industry rather than just focusing on the worst offenders. I’m going to need your help to make it happen!”

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