Saturday, December 26, 2009

Teen Domestic Violence To be Taught in Schools

My organization, The She is Me Program Inc. , does Teen Dating Violence workshops annually during October which is Domestic Violence awareness month. When we first began to talk about Teen Dating Violence many people were not receptive towards the idea. So I never thought that I would ever see the day when schools would be open to the idea of including Teen Dating Violence into the regular curriculum. I was surprised to see this article on the BBC News website that talks about a new thing that some schools in England will be doing in 2011. According to the article, more than £13m is being provided to help support male and female victims of sexual and domestic violence in a range of actions by the police, local authorities, NHS and government.
"From 2011, lessons in gender equality and preventing violence in relationships will be compulsory in the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum.Before qualifying, trainee teachers will have to learn about teaching gender awareness and domestic violence. Schools minister Vernon Coaker said lessons would be age appropriate."

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Still No Hope for Images in the Media..

Sometimes it seems as though the more "noise" we make regarding the images of women, the worse the images become. Granted, women and teen girls may not be the target audience for this new Burger King commercial in the UK, its still sends out the wrong image.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

What you see is not what you get

Here is a great article from about airbrushed images of models in magazines:

Calling for advertising rules to be changed to restrict the use of airbrushed images, the group of 44 academics doctors and psychologists say that the pictures promote unrealistic expectations of perfection, encouraging eating disorders and self-harm. The paper has been submitted to the Advertising Standards Agency with a call for all airbrushed adverts to carry a notice making clear the images have been artificially enhanced. It has been written by Dr Helga Dittmar of the University of Sussex, Dr Emma Halliwell of the University of the West of England and backed by 42 more academics. The experts write: “Media images that depict ultra-thin, digitally altered women models are linked to body dissatisfaction and unhealthy eating in girls and women.”
Among the problems that can arise include “unhealthy dieting regimes and problematic eating behaviours (starving, bingeing, and purging), clinical eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), cosmetic surgery and extreme exercising.” The paper has been organised by the Liberal Democrats as part of their campaign against the use of airbrushed or retouched images in advertisements. The Lib Dem campaign is adding to the pressure on the fashion and advertising industries over airbrushing. Several “extreme” examples of airbrushing have recently been the subject of internet campaigns of criticism. Last month a photograph of a Ralph Lauren model looking so thin that her waist and hips were smaller than her head was targeted by online campaigners. The paper says that boys can also be harmed by altered images. Pictures that exaggerate models’ muscle development and definition can encourage “unhealthy muscle-enhancing behaviours” such as taking steroids or other supplements).
Boys and men can also suffer depression, anxiety, sexual dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem, the experts say. Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem MP behind the campaign, has persuaded almost 1,000 people to complain to the ASA about airbrushing. The agency has told her that the current rules on adverts do not allow the ASA to insist that every ad that has been retouched includes a disclaimer about that alternation. However, the ASA has indicated that it could change those rules if it sees evidence that airbrushing is clearly harmful. Miss Swinson said she hoped the research paper would persuade the watchdog to change the rules. She said: “This paper spells out the real damage irresponsible airbrushing is doing to young women’s physical and mental health. “Airbrushing means that women and young girls are being bombarded with images of people with perfect skin, perfect hair and perfect figures which are impossible to live up to.”
The Lib Dems have also called for a ban on the airbrushing of people in advertising aimed at under 16s. The party also wants cosmetic surgery advertisements and information leaflets to carry success rates. Schools would be encouraged to offer exercise options more likely to appeal to teenage girls, such as dance, yoga and aerobics, and headteachers asked to ensure changing rooms are clean and well equipped, to stop high drop out rates from PE classes. And gyms should offer discounted membership to children, the Lib Dems say.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The She is Me Program Presents: Careers in Entertainment and the Arts

Saturday October 31, 2009
She is Me™: Arts and Entertainment

Decatur Library Decatur, GA

With Special guest

Actress Kaira Akita Actress
(Tyler Perry Films BET Somebodies) ,

Casting Director and CEO of RTSE Leslie Green, Entertainment Attorney Evita Kaigler and more!

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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