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For parents, teachers, and other adult advocates for girls: Be educated so your girls can be, too. Also check out our Alternatives for Girls and Learn More lists for teens.

We hand-pick each link, book, or movie, and only post them if they are in line with our mission. (We do not trade links without vetting the site or product)

Great sites for parents and other folks who are raising (or helping raise!) girls

A Better Way to Look Parents’ Page – Resources and tips for parents on how to support daughters nearing puberty or in the throes of adolescence when looks occupy much of girls’ minds.

Dads and men

The Good Men Project – a social movement from the front lines of modern manhood.

The Dad Man – Joe Kelly—The Dad Man—is a father, author, speaker, blogger, activist and consultant. He is the recognized expert in the field of fatherhood you’ve been looking for. We love Joe!

Media effects

Shaping Youth – effects of marketing on kids: a blog.

Center for A Commercial-Free Childhood – supports parents’ efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing.

The Representation Project – a social action campaign started by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and based on her film Miss Representation. Its mission is to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately, transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, can fulfill their potential.

Media Education Foundation – incredible documentaries and films, including the seminal Killing Us Softly 4 by Dr. Jean Kilbourne.

Cover Girl Culture – a documentary film that interviews editors of Teen Vogue and Elle magazines, and takes a hard look at the fashion industry. Now offering workshops too.

The Media Literacy Project – advancing education and advocacy for media justice
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Body image, Health at Every Size (HAES), and size accceptance

The Body Positive – transforms people’s beliefs about beauty, health, and identity, freeing them to live balanced, joyful, and purposeful lives. Delivered through engaging workshops, books, videos, and activist opportunities, The Body Positive’s Be Body Positive Model provides both youth and adults with inspiration and skills to improve physical and emotional well-being.

Beyond Hunger – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals overcome the obsession with food and weight and find a natural, loving and peaceful relationship with their food, weight, and selves. (based in San Rafael, CA)

Celebrate Your Body – Workshops, groups, individual, and couples sessions for transforming negative body image. (San Francisco Bay Area)

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty Self-Esteem Toolkit and Resources – Yes, they’re owned by Unilever (who makes Axe and Klondike, in our Gallery of Offenders). And yes, these resources are quite good.

Radiance – the magazine for large women.

Association For Size Diversity and Health – an international professional organization composed of individual members who are committed to the Health At Every Size(HAES) principles.

National Organization to Advance Fat Acceptance – a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms.

Fat!So? – The site of the intrepid Marilyn Wann: For people who don’t apologize for their size.

National Organization for Lesbians of Size (NOLOSE) – a vibrant community with a shared commitment to feminist, anti-oppression ideology and action, seeking to end the oppression of fat people.

The Healthy Weight Network – research and information on obesity, eating disorders, weight loss and healthy living at any size.

Eating disorders and disordered eating

National Eating Disorders Assocation (NEDA) – a wealth of information and resources to adults, including online treatment and support group referrals. The NEDA Helpline provides information and referrals to those affected by an eating disorder or concerned about a family member/friend/loved one: 1-800-931-2237

ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders – advocate for the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Resources for Recovery – Books and videos related to eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Coalition – for research, policy, and action. Mission: To advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center – International eating disorder referral organization.

Mirror-Mirror – Information, resources, and support for those struggling with eating disorders.

The Something Fishy Guide to Eating Disorders – Raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders, and their loved ones.

 

Eating disorders treatment

Eating Disorder Center of California – An Intensive day treatment and outpatient program for men and women, adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders.

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Center – A residential treatment center for women suffering from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive exercise.

The Renfrew Center Foundation – A national, non-profit organization advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders.

 

Research 

Project EAT – Some of the most highly regarded research on the socio-environmental,  personal, and behavioral determinants of nutritional intake and weight  status among a large and ethnically diverse adolescent population, conducted by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD.

Cosmetic Surgery Research Info

 

Media alternatives to mainstream women’s magazines

Ms. Magazine – an oldie (40 years at last count) but a goodie, especially the blog!

Bitch magazine – feminist response to pop culture: print magazine and excellent web site.

 

Educator resources

Body Image Health – including the Healthy Bodies elementary school curriculum  (Just the free  Preface overview should be read by anyone who is concerned with body image and health).

How I Look Journal Online – educator and counselor resource pages here.

 

Other organizations we think adults should know about

Girls Leadership Institute – Changing the face of leadership.

GirlVentures – Outdoor adventures for inner discovery. (based in San Francisco Bay Area)

Hardy Girls, Healthy Women – Hardy Girls, Healthy Women hghw.org – creates opportunities, develops programs, and provides services that empower girls as well as addressing girls’ lives in social and relational contexts. They believe it is not the girls, but the environment they live in that needs repair.

SPARK – a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. They collaborate with hundreds of girls 13-22 and more than 60 national organizations (including About-Face!) to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem.

Alliance For Girls – an alliance of girl-serving organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Children’s Media Project – provides workshops, programs, and projects for youth, artists, and educators that teach critical viewing of the media, that encourage youth to be creatively engaged in using the media to deliver important messages, and that offer employment and growth opportunities for youth. (based in Poughkeepsie, NY)

Women in Media and News (WIMN) – a media analysis, education and advocacy group that works to increase women’s presence and power in the public debate. WIMN’s POWER Sources Project provides journalists with a diverse network of female experts.

Women’s Sports Foundation – advances the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity.

 

Movies and books for adults to support teens and themselves (buy using these links, and some of your purchase will go to About-Face!)

 

In this must-see update of her Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes — images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. (45 min, recommended by About-Face for older teens and adults)

$150-$295, streaming rights available [buy now]

 

 

 

Other related sites

Face the Issue – great site addressing body image, eating disorders, abuse, depression…each section has an animation narrated by a famous actress.

Guerrilla Girls – Reinventing the “f” word – feminism.

 

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