Shaping Youth writes extensively about the need for a massive media mindshift away from the sexualization and commodification of girls, so it’s with great pride and ‘atta girl’ go-power that that we announce one of our own honorees in our All Things Girl round-up is seizing the headway and momentum to launch her renamed site The Girl Revolution!
Chock full of fun freebies and contests to pay it forward for young girls everywhere, Tracee Sioux formerly blogging at Empowering Girls: So Sioux Me has a tell-all domain tale that captures the gist of why her new site is necessary. Tracee tried to buy the domain name EmpoweringGirls dot com only to find pornographers already owned it…
Similarly, I bought 56 domain names with the word “Shaping and Youth” in them to ensure our site wasn’t rerouted to the toxic cesspool of pornification and diminishment of girls’ self worth! (72pp APA study here) But for perspective, on a global scale, there’s no doubt The Girl Revolution takes on an entirely different, even MORE profound context…
Jin In, Founder of 4ggl.org can no doubt attest to this, since she’s just returned from dodging bullets in Pakistan in an effort to ensure girl hope and promise of empowerment and change…
To the issue of a “GLocal” need for a Girls Revolution…look no further than this BBC News report about a local Taliban commander ordering parents to stop sending their daughters to school by Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 or risk being blown up for attending!
Militants attacks in 2008 already destroyed 130 schools in the region, leaving 17,000 students without an education in the Swat valley region of NW Pakistan.
Jin In is also a Hardy Girls, Healthy Women board advisor and fellow GWLN gal pal with Simi and Sarah, two of my other GWLN ’07 colleagues working with youth in Pakistan, so I’m anxious to get an update from her soon, since she no doubt saw our friends while she was over there making her own headway to champion change for girls. sigh) I guess my point is this…
The Girl Revolution as a CONCEPT takes on many perspectives, nuances, and profoundities…far beyond Tracee’s advocacy blog.
From Sejal’s Girls Helping Girls at (Empower A Girl.org) to Patti’s grassroots Canadian Tween Club and our own advisor, Michealene Cristini Risley’s Tapestries of Hope documentary telling the poignant stories of the Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe (premiering at Sundance soon, and recently awarded in my own hometown of Honolulu via the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking!) —It’s ALL important work…It’s ALL relevant…and it’s all worthy of a Girl Revolution.
And…Shaping Youth would like to also see a Boy Revolution right along side of it…
It’s no surprise to me that there’s universal need, appeal (and entire books and lesson plans) written in backlash style to reclaim girlhood’s meaning, like the ‘Good Girl Revolution’ (at left, by Wendy Shalit)
But what about the boys?
I consistently witness the pressures and stresses of young boys-to-men given mixed messages and culture cues that are equally soul-eroding and damaging during preteen years and adolescent preoccupation with ‘buffed boy’ syndrome…
…Yet their voice is rarely heard; often stuffed in bravado and machismo of ‘shoulds and coulds’ that do their own headtrip on these kids, too!
Our entire documentary film in development, Body Blitz: Media, Shaping Youth is about this phenomenon, as it holds a camera up to the K-5 playgrounds to capture the behavioral shifts taking place with VERY young kids of BOTH genders in the hopes that we can reverse this “KGOY” (kids getting older younger) effect before we erase childhood altogether.
Similarly, our advisory board member’s site, Packaging Girlhood (Dr. Sharon Lamb and Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown cover ‘pink think’ in depth) are also addressing the other side of this coin, coming out with a new book in 2009 called Packaging Boyhood once their research is complete…
So congratulations to The Girl Revolution…
You’ve got your work cut out for you Tracee, and we’re backing you at Shaping Youth!
By the way, those last two photo frames on the right are my OWN dear daughter in her revolving masthead above! 😉 Tracee did a great job of ‘crowdsourcing’ readers’ photos by asking for shots of our own kids! You can still get in on it if you want…
Here’s her post about it if you’d like your own ‘posterchild’ to be empowered among her peers—Quite a difference from ‘pin-up girls’ of the other sort, yes?
And here’s The Girl Revolution store too in case you’d like to support her efforts in style…Good luck, Tracee! I long for the day when the words ‘shaping and youth’ don’t have my Akismet Spam filter jammed with the sheer quantity of over 700,000 spammy porn auto-bots trolling for drek and sludge in the peekaboo coarseness of our societal slippery slide…
Our global youth deserves better. Our girls. AND our boys.
(Shaping Youth is donating three hardback copies of Packaging Girlhood to the effort…)
For more youth empowerment sites and agents of change, see this great list at Junior Youth that we’re proud to be included on, among other orgs “Empowering youth to change the world.”
- Get Global
- Free the Children
- The United Nations for Kids, Youth and Educators
- Shaping Youth
- Girls for a Change
- Girls Scouts’ Challenge and Change
- Empowering Youth
- Cool planet
- Youth Empowerment Project
- Youth Empowerment Alliance
- Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES)
- YouThink!…but do you know?
- ruMAD? also Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning
- Teaching Tolerance
- Learn and Serve Clearinghouse
- National Service-Learning partnership
I’d obviously add the links I’ve included above in this piece, along with some other youth empowerment links like:
Decision Education Foundation: Improving the lives of young people by teaching them how to make better decisions
Youth Assets: Connecting the World’s Most Vulnerable Youth
And Shaping Youth’s All Things Girl Recap of Worthy Sites