focuses on teaching women and girls about the harmful media messages that may affect their body image and self-esteem. Resources for teachers and girls are included on the site, as well as critical analyses of sexualized advertisements.
Adios Barbie: The Body Image Site for Every Body
is a website about body image issues and empowering women of all ages to be confident about their bodies. The site includes resources for parents, educators, and girls, articles about body image, quizzes, and visuals.
The American Psychological Association
is one of the leading organizations today expressing its concern about the sexualization of our young women. The APA offers outstanding resources for those interested in further exploring this topic.
One of these important resources is the 2010 Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
; this report examines and summarizes psychological theory, research and clinical experience addressing this important topic. Much of the Task Force’s report focuses on media and its influences on sexualization. The APA also offers a list of media literacy resources to explore further.
Body Image Site
includes resources about females and body image, including a video, links to resources, and organizations.
In addition to a resource catalog, Center for Media Literacy
contains an excellent reading room, complete with an extensive collection of articles on how to teach media literacy.
Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
provides a variety of resources for educators and parents about body image and self esteem among young girls, including ways to arrange workshops, Internet quizzes for young girls, and classroom activities and tools.
provides media literacy resources for teachers including a curriculum developed by Just Think called Flipping the Script: Critical Thinking in a Hip Hop World. It’s designed to help educators teach media literacy concepts and media production skills around the exciting and engaging theme of Hip-Hop culture and music.
Introduction to Misogyny in the Popular Culture
is a paper prepared by Canadian Valerie Smith in September 2010 which examines misogyny as it is portrayed currently in the popular culture. Examples from music, movies, TV and radio, and video games are given. Those wishing to explore the topic of misogyny in popular culture in greater depth with their classes may find this paper useful.
Love Your Body Day
is an excellent resource for body image information and resources. The site includes activities in the classroom, examples of “offensive” advertisements, examples of positive advertisements, and important facts about the media and body image issues our young women need to know.
Media Awareness Network
is an invaluable resource for teachers interested in integrating media literacy into their curriculum. Lessons, activities, and resources are available on a variety of media issues, searchable by grade level and subject heading. Included on the site are a number of resources concerning the topic of body image.
Mind On The Media
is a website focused on encouraging youth to be critical of mass mediated messages. This site includes resources for teenagers and resources for parents and teachers about body image and other media literacy issues. For example, check out their Turn Beauty Inside Out events with its GirlCaught stickers to place on ads offensive to women.
Our Bodies Ourselves Health Resource Center
includes excerpts from the book Our Bodies Ourselves
, along with articles on the media and body image, blog entries, and resources on body image issues.
Teen Aware: Sex, Media & You (See Using Sex to Sell)
was created to include an archive of teen-created material from Washington State’s Teen Aware Project. Also included on the site are a large archive of lessons and resources that address a variety of topics that sexual health educators may find of interest. The Using Sex to Sell section of the site explores the topic of media portrayals of sexuality and the potential influence of these portrayals on a teen’s body image. Also included on this site is a section on media literacy basics that is well worth exploring.
Teen Health and the Media
examines a wide variety of teen health issues from a media literacy perspective. One section of the site is dedicated to the topics of body image and nutrition. Each section of the site offers a media challenge to try with your class along with sample teen projects, facts and stats, news items and a set of resources and links to explore focused on the topic of Body Image and Nutrition
Teens Health: Body Image and Self Esteem
offers body image resources for teachers and parents. Included on the site is A Guy’s Guide to Body Image. Other topics the site addresses are body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders.
The Media Education Foundation
is an excellent resource for educational videos focused on media literacy and a wide range of social issues. The website includes short clips from many of the videos they offer including videos addressing the subject of body image for both males and females. Also check out the study guides that they offer for their videos; these study guides can be downloaded from the site.
Resources with Special Focus on LGBTQ Students
When discussing issues of body image, self esteem and empowerment, it’s always important to remember the LGBTQ students who may be in your class. Below are some resources that you may find of help.
Advocates For Youth
is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
is a website hosted by the organization Advocates for Youth. This site was created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource is designed to take a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offering support concerning sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.
is a Spanish-language Web site for Latino/a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth in the United States and Latin America. Ambiente Joven's peer educators provide culturally relevant information and support on sexual health issues. The site is a project of Advocates for Youth.
is also a project of Advocates for Youth. This web site was created by and for young women of color to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.