Category Archives: The Media

A New Film About Women in the Media

We were excited to see there was a feature film documentary at Sundance this year that addresses the issue of women in the media. It’s called “Miss Representation.” The kind of issues they address in this film is exactly the kind of things the Teen Identity Network is addressing. Visit their website to learn more.

Pink’s “Perfect” Proves Our Point

Pink is a singer who is no stranger to controversy. Her “rough around the edges,” bad-girl look and style I’m sure would scare many parents. But, there’s a theme running though much of her work, that although may ruffle some feathers, also has a powerful message.

Her latest single “F**kin’ Perfect” is a powerfully moving video about a girls journey to learn how to love who she is. In four minutes you can see the whole gamut of emotions and situations teen girls go through, starting from very little. Bullying. Self-esteem. Comparison. Self-loathing. Rebellion. And it deals with another serious issue, cutting and teen suicide. I was moved to tears watching it. Here’s an excerpt from Teen Identity team member Imahni who wrote about the video for TeenIdentityMag.com.

P!nk thinks you are perfect. Everyone here at Teen Identity thinks you are perfect. We love you. Yes, you who are are reading this right now. Can you think the same about yourself? Can you change the way you view yourself so that the first adjectives that come to your mind when describing yourself are- “Beautiful, Wonderful, Special, Loved, and Perfect.”

This is the message we’re trying to get to teen girls through the work we’re doing. To change how they see themselves. With sexually degrading videos by Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and others getting millions of views, we’re happy (and encouraged) to see a video like this get millions of views too.

Here’s the clean version of the video. Enjoy. Be moved. And go make a difference.

ABC News – Too Sexy Too Soon Video

ABC ran a very insightful, eye-opening, and educational piece on the role of the fashion industry on tween girls (ages 8-12). More and more fashion trends are become extremely provocative and girls younger and younger are wanting to wear clothes covering less and less. The video says that some critics are calling it Corporate Pedophilia. But when you consider that the tween market represents $43 billion, it’s no wonder companies are doing all they can to reach that market.

We’re doing our best to affect change, but I must admit, it does seem daunting. We are thankful for those of you who have joined us in this ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of our teen (and tween) girls.

Click the image below to watch the video on ABCs site. It’s definitely worth it! (Or click here to watch it).