Media Literacy 101

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By Melissa A. Fabello So, I’ve been doing a lot of talks on media literacy lately. In the past six weeks alone, I’ve done presentations and panels on media literacy at Carroll University, Widener University, Temple University, and for Women’s Way in Philadelphia. People are really into it. So I thought maybe it was about time to … [Read more...]

In the Name of Girls: The AMA Calls for Magazine Ads to End Photoshopping Bodies

In 2001, two media literate students produced this image  to raise awareness on the media and body image.

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor When we first launched the Adios Barbie website 12 years ago, I had to explain what the term 'body image' meant to friends and family when they asked what I was up to. I was leading a lot of media literacy workshops at the time where I often had to prove to skeptical teachers and students that … [Read more...]

Call for PG Rating of Aussie Tween Magazines

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"Scrutiny urged for tween magazines" by Jill Pengelley at The Advertiser on May 24, 2010 THE YWCA of Adelaide is calling for a PG rating for "tween girls" magazines, which it says are teaching six-year-olds to be sexually provocative. … [Read more...]

Is Airbrushing On Its Way Out?

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By Sharon Haywood In March 2009, Kim Kardashian's cellulite made headlines. The paparazzi didn't snap an illicit photo of her sunning poolside, but rather, Complex, a men's lifestyle magazine accidentally published an unaltered photo of the reality star. For those who work in the entertainment industry, it had always been common … [Read more...]

Warning Labels on Photoshopped Models? “Oui” Say the French

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About seven years ago, I led an intense media literacy course for a group of amazing Bay area teens. As part of the course, students created art and media pieces that illustrated how they felt about unrealistic portrayals of men and women in the media. I was blown away when a pair of fourteen year-olds, Shari and Shila, produced … [Read more...]