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7 Year Old Girl Steals the Show with Afro Puffs Made of Ice and Fire!

Together with her mom Natalie McGriff conquered her challenges with reading and her difficulties with her hair by creating a comic book based on Moxie Girl. Check her out in this video!

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Join Teen Girls in Their Fight Against Teen Vogue

In a follow up to my previous post, “A Teenage Girl’s Victory Against the Media,” three fellow teen girls in the same organization, SPARK Movement, petitioned Teen Vogue to ask them to pledge to stop altering their models and show more diversity in their pages.  45,000 signatures later, however, they refused to agree.  So, the girls have now decided to petition the advertisers who can put more pressure on Teen Vogue.

Please sign their petition in support by clicking here.

 

What happens when a teenage boy makes a “Slip of the Tongue”?

Based on the poem, “Slip of the Tongue” by spoken word poet Adriel Luis and a Media Matters Festival winner, watch what happens when an Asian American teenage male tries a pickup line and realizes he got more than what he bargained for!

A Teenage Girl’s Victory Against the Media

According to the National Institute on Media and Family:

One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.”  This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

Where does this dissatisfaction come from?  Unrealistic images in the media.

In a study on fifth graders, 10 year old girls and boys told researchers they were dissatisfied with their own bodies after watching a music video by Britney Spears or a clip from the TV show “Friends.”

A 1996 study found that the amount of time an adolescent watches soaps, movies and
music videos is associated with their degree of body dissatisfaction and desire to be thin.

Pushing back against these unrealistic images and the media and enacting change can seem impossible especially from the perspective of one teen…”What can I do?”

That’s why I wanted to point you to a 14 year old teen who started a petition on change.org and won a written commitment from Seventeen magazine to not use Photoshop to digitally alter their models.  Who says one person can’t change the world?  Go Julia!

Julia’s actual vlog:

Now they’re moving onto Teen Vogue – help them by signing their petition here:

Teen Girls Give Us Images of Real Girls Petition