On April 13, the Public Interest Government Relations Office hosted the first Advocacy Against Sexualization Summit, to create a collaborative strategic plan to more effectively advocate for healthier images of women and girls, particularly in support of the Healthy Media for Youth Act, which was largely based on APA’s Task Force recommendations.
The Summit began with presentations from key experts in the field, including Eileen Zurbriggen, Ph.D., chair of the former APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls; Deborah Tolman, Ph.D., former Task Force member and cofounder of the SPARK movement; Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., cofounder of the SPARK movement; and Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D., Spelman College. In addition, Krysta Jones provided an informative overview of recent and ongoing advocacy efforts against sexualization, including APA’s successful efforts to draft and support federal legislation based on APA’s Task Force recommendations (the Healthy Media for Youth Act) and host the 2010 Healthy Media for Youth Week. The afternoon included a strategic planning session, with attendees working in small groups to identify and prioritize next steps in working with media, government, youth, and parents and teachers. Attendees included representatives from key organizations such as: Girl Scouts of America, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club, National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, and Women’s Media Center.