linked up: more on menstruation and cyber-bullying

Hello All. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Let’s get to it.

In my last post I talked about the latest ads for U by Kotex, and how Kotex is trying to be open and honest about female bodies and menstrual cycles. Girl Future – an online space where girls ages 9 – 15 can ask questions and post their thoughts – features an entry on this same topic titled “Menstruation for Sale!” In the piece Chella Quint shares her own experiences with her period and the moments she felt embarrassed or ashamed of her body. Connecting her personal experiences to how advertisers market pads and tampons, Quint argues that commercials for these products often capitalize on girls’ fear of leaky pads or the horror of menstrual blood appearing on clothes or bedsheets – essentially reaffirming girls’ (potential) shame of their own bodies. Quint encourages girls to cast off the shame and become media savvy consumers when it comes to choosing which tampon or pad to purchase.

Teen Voices is a Boston-based magazine for girls that aims to “support and educate teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media.” Operating for over 19 years, the magazine launched – a website that shares the same mission as the magazine and is updated monthly. Teen Voices is looking for teen girl contributors for both the magazine and the website. They’re asking for girls to contribute poems, essays, reviews, art work, photography, and fictional work. Here is the FAQ section about publishing your work – and here is the section of their site on how to get published in Teen Voices. If you know of any teen girls interested in publishing their work – please pass on this information.

NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters developed a new multimedia series titled The Hidden World of Girls. The series explores girls’ stories of “coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities” as well as celebrates women “who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.” The site has stories on women’s skateboarding, the photographs of Vivian Maier (my boss’ new favorite photographer), and beauty standards in Jamaica among others. The diverse stories and videos help expand our perceptions of girls and women in society, pushing us to consider how nationality, ethnicity, race, class, and sexuality shape girls’ lives and our ideas regarding girlhood. I recommend looking at this series and even submitting your own ideas . . . yes Kitchen Sisters is asking for NPR listeners to contribute to the series. If you have an idea submit it!

Emily Bazelon’s latest article on cyber-bullying – “How Should Facebook and MySpace Handle Cyberbullying?” – is up on Slate. In the piece Bazelon explores what happens when kids are the target of cyber-bullies and how social networking sites react once kids and parents report the incident. Bazelon notes that these sites’ most common reaction is to take down the cyber-bullies’ comments, post, or sometimes delete their account. Sometimes this is enough – sometimes it isn’t . . . especially in cases where anonymous bullies create fake social networking accounts, profiles, or groups to harass fellow students. According to Bazelon though MySpace is considered less popular (or hip) than Facebook, child advocates argue that MySpace has lead the way in protecting youth from online harassment by employing a variety of techniques of monitoring comments and accounts, and providing a hotline where parents and kids can report issues.

~ by actyourage09 on March 29, 2010.

2 Responses to “linked up: more on menstruation and cyber-bullying”

  1. So, when are you submitting something to The Kitchen Sisters? I think you should. 🙂

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