Baberham Linkin’

Yup, cleaning up the links … and my favorites list.

I have this habit of saving sites as favorites as I surf so I can pass them on, but I ultimately forget and than have this crazy mix of links on a mess of topics.

So, I’ll share them here with you …

• An MP3 of the dreaded Beep Test for you masochists out there.

• A list with photos of the 10 most magnificent trees in the world. I like the Baobabs the best. They remind me of the book, The Little Prince (aka Le Petit Prince).

• An internet search engine that helps charities raise money. Good Search.

ACL injuries growing problem for young female athletes … “Girls four to eight times more likely than boys to injure anterior cruciate ligament”.

Media images stereotype girls, foster violence in men, say speakers

Girls are bombarded by advertisers with images of princesses, fairies, and things that are sexy, pink, and glittery, and this entrenches stereotypes of girlhood, according to Sharon Lamb, co-author of Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.

The message is that girls gain power by being sexy and pretty, Lamb said during an all-day conference promoting media literacy on March 30 in Bishop Center.

The conference, “The Mass Media, Children, and Values,” was sponsored by the Neag School of Education.

Thomas Goodkind, a UConn professor of curriculum and instruction, coordinated the conference, which is in its fifth year.

Lamb is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.

“The term ‘Girl Power’ is used over and over in marketing,” she said. “In the ’70s, Girl Power meant that girls could enter into all sorts of careers.

Today it means something entirely different: Marketers use it to mean the power to shop, the power to attract boys, and the power to choose among different types of girls to be.

This boils down to two types: a girl can either be for the boys, or one of the boys.”

• Related to the last article – Media musings: Imus a part of relentless devaluing of women

If the Don Imus situation made one thing perfectly clear, it’s that race is an easy topic of discussion in this country and particularly for the media.

Oh, I don’t mean easy in that there are easy answers and simple situations. It’s that race is such a simple way to polarize people that the media become the lighter fuel in the discussion as much as a conduit for clear discourse.

On the topic of gender or sexism, however, the media can be the bucket of water on the coals instead.

That was clear in the whole Imus mess, when much of the public discussion became about race and not the insults these young women endured because they were, well, women.

“Had Don Imus said, Boy, that team’s full of a bunch of sexy babes,’ we would not be here,” said Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.

• I need this soap.

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  1. Anonymous

    related to the comments about girls in media, Geena Davis addressed the issue at the National Conference on Media Reform and her speech is on YouTube: http://www.freepress.net/conference/=video07

    -J

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