April 7, 2011

Media Advisory: Advocacy Against Sexualization Summit

Experts to discuss research, youth empowerment, media literacy


National experts will discuss development of a strategic plan to combat sexualization as a pervasive issue that can negatively impact males and females of all ages. Topics will include current research on sexualization, research-based practices for youth empowerment and media literacy programs. APA staff will lead discussions on successful advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local levels to address sexualization, including the federal Healthy Media for Youth Act, which includes several policy recommendations from the Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls.


  • Eileen Zurbriggen, PhD, former chair of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, will discuss findings of the report and areas in which more research is needed.
  • Deborah L. Tolman, EdD, former task force member, and Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD, co-creators of SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge movement), will discuss one response to the report: launching a social movement to engage youth as agents of social change rather than protect them as passive victims.
  • Tarshia Stanley, PhD, associate professor at Spelman College, will discuss previous advocacy efforts and how to move forward.


Wednesday, April 13, 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington , D.C. 20002

Please check-in at lobby security desk and ask for APA Public Affairs Director Lisa Bowen at ext. 5707.


Since the release of APA’s 2007 Report of the Task Force on the Sexualizationof Girls, this issue continues to grab headlines while having a negative impact on American youth. APA and partners are joining forces to discuss ways to help eliminate sexualization through new research, public policy, education initiatives and public awareness. In January 2011, APA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs regarding its Strategic Plan for Federal Youth Policy , recommending greater support for federal research and programs to combat the detrimental emotional and psychological effects of sexualization on youth.

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