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Shaping Youth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 8, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Education, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Websites

The Shaping Youth blog focuses on the influence of media and marketing on kids. With categories like “Body Image,” “Damaging Drek,” “Misogyny & Racism” and “Vapid Values,” Shaping Youth’s founder, Amy Jussel, keeps on top… More

Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies Blog

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 7, 2014 | Filed under Consumerism, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Websites

Created by parent, author, businesswoman and advocate Melissa Atkins Wardy, this blog offers insights, tips and more for parents, citizens and humane educators who want to healthy, thriving girls. Topics covered include everything from body… More

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For Your Must-Read List: ‘Redefining Girly’

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” (Chicago Review Press, 2014) delivers vital, realistic,… More

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Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

by Melissa Atkins Wardy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Consumerism, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book delivers vital, realistic, actionable tips and ideas for helping parents navigate the challenges of raising a healthy, confident girl in today’s stereotyped and… More

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Kids Show How We All Should React to “Controversial” Cereal Commercial … and to Racism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The hatred and criticism arising from the airing of Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl and Olympic Games opening ceremony exemplifies just how much fear, xenophobia and racism still thrive in the… More

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Are Picture Books Cultivating Consumerism in Kids? This Study Says Yes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re a teacher, parent or picture-book aficionado, you know the powerful messages and values (both positive and otherwise) that can be embedded in children’s literature. As a babysitter, Rachel Franz started noticing a trend…. More

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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who… More

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Our Top 13 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2013

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our Resource Center. We offer more than 100 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones often. And… More

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13 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2013

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 30, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be a year full of hope, positive change, and even more people embracing humane education. We’re always curious about which of our blog posts our readers find the most… More

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Tough Guise 2

by Jackson Katz

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 8, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In this update, Tough Guise 2 (80 minutes) explores the ongoing and escalating epidemic of men’s violence in America and how it’s “rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of… More