Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Media, Girls, and what to do!

Forever in the quest of building my repertoire of information I recently discovered that Jean Killbourne (of the Killing Us Softly films) , along with Diane Levin, has a new book coming out. And ever so timely! So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids looks great. And while it is not out until August 5th, Jean Killbourne is a resource I trust. I've already pre-ordered my copy.

In a related note, I just came across this organization--"Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood" Diane Levin is on their Steering Committee and their founder, Susan Linn has a new book entitled The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World Check them out!

Finally, to encourage play and make-believe, the last resource I'll share for now is Sarah's Silks. My cousin just started working for them and loves her job. Sarah's Silks are primarily made by women working from home in Sonoma County, California. The idea behind Sarah's Silks is to allow children the freedom to create their own worlds, enjoy and expand their imaginations, and to "capture the magical soul that lives in young children." So we can combat the bombardment while encouraging our children's imaginations and supporting women's work! Sounds like a win,!