Body Image & Wellness

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

Fat and Identity Politics, UCLA

UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents Paul Campos, author of "The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health." In this talk, he discusses efforts to make fat people thin, through weight-loss diets, drugs, and surgery. Campos sees weight as a political and social issue and notes that body size is often used as a tool of discrimination, especially against women. Organized by Prof Abigail Saguy, Department of Sociology at UCLA, this talk is part of the Gender and Body Size lecture series, which addresses the new interdisciplinary field of "fat studies." Recent discussions of body weight have been dominated by health policy concerns over the so-called obesity epidemic. Despite a long tradition of feminist critique of fat hatred as a problem of patriarchy, there has been very little critique of the growing emphasis on the importance of slenderness for health reasons.

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"Starving for Identity: A Grounded Analysis of the Pro-Anorexia Movement"

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04/13/2010

"The present research used grounded theory to critically analyze the pro-anorexia movement. 24 pro-anorexia websites were systematically coded for a unifying emergent theory. The findings indicate that the pro-ana cyber community represents a collective effort to establish a shared social understanding or identity among individuals who feel confused, isolated or subjugated - and have significant issues with food and weight. Pro-anorexia websites provide users a new context to enhance or redefine their self-concepts and/or stigmatized identity. Pro-anorexia subscription affords the opportunity to create and validate an identity that is protected under a shroud of technological anonymity. Interestingly, there seems to be two dominant pro-anorexia accounts or perspectives. One account seems to emphasize pro-anorexia as a sanctuary, and a means to gain a deeper understanding of their disease or disorder ...

Tell Me PSA - School

The award winning Girls Inc. "Tell Me" PSAs feature girls telling adults what positive messages they need to hear.  

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Nationwide Study Finds That Teenage Girls Have Mixed Feelings About the Fashion Industry

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Girl Scouts of the USA

February 10, 2010

 

 

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Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Manager, is providing the Council with a wide range of research and communications support. She received a BA in Sociology from Principia College and an MS in Women’s Studies from Towson University. Her thesis focused on transgender experiences of employment discrimination. During her time at Towson University, Kyla was a graduate assistant with the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women. On completion of her master’s degree, Kyla served as a Vaid Fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kyla first joined the Council as a research consultant for The Big Five initiative. She has interned previously with Planned Parenthood and the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

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Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, the Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, the Former Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative (2007-2009) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. 

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Silvia Henriquez is responsible for the overall management, fundraising and administration of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Silvia has positioned NLIRH as one of the leading organizations working to advance the reproductive health and rights of Latinas. Within the first two years of her tenure, she increased national visibility through the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and the National Latina Summit. Subsequently under her leadership, NLIRH has developed a successful organizing and leadership development training curriculum, a national policy agenda and built coalitions with state and national partners that advance a reproductive justice advocacy effort. Through her work at NLIRH, Silvia has published articles in “Social Policy, Organizing for Social and Economic Justice and Democratic Participation” and “Conscience, The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion.”

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Women's Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation—the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports—advocates for equality, educates the public, conducts research and offers grants to promote sports and physical activity for girls and women.

Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, the Women’s Sports Foundation builds on her legacy as a champion athlete, advocate of social justice and agent of change. We strive for gender equity and fight discrimination in sports.

Our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, provides equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles.

The Women’s Sports Foundation is recognized worldwide for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence.

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1899 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Ph. (516) 542-4700, 1(800) 227-3988
Fx. (516) 542-4716
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org
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Kathryn Olson, Chief Executive Officer

Stacy L. Holand, Athlete Marketing Manager
E-mail: sholand@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Yolanda L. Jackson, Senior Director of Athlete Marketing and Promotions
E-mail: YJackson@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Karen Kranitz, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Trustees
E-mail: KKranitz@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Shari M. Levitz, Annual Giving and Membership Manager
E-mail: SLevitz@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Gwendolyn Singleton, Data Entry Clerk
E-mail: GSingleton@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Chris Voelz, Leadership Gifts Officer
E-mail: CVoelz@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Stephen Collins, Information Technology Manager
E-mail: SCollins@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Barry M. Giaquinto, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
E-mail: BGiaquinto@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Felice Harris, Accounting Manager
E-mail: FHarris@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Lindsay Hock, Web Editor
E-mail: LHock@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Aleia Naylor, Senior Marketing Officer
E-mail: ANaylor@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Liz Ruttenberg, SHENetwork Project Manager
E-mail: lruttenberg@womenssportsfoundation.org

Sarah Axelson, Program Associate
Ph. (516) 542-4700 x148
E-mail: SAxelson@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Jessica M. Blubaugh, Senior Events Manager
E-mail: JBlubaugh@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Stacey Careri, Foundation and Government Funding Manager
E-mail: SCareri@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Candice Dixon, GoGirlGo! Atlanta Program Coordinator
E-mail: CDixon@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Jennifer L. Eddy, Senior Director of Programs and Events
E-mail: JEddy@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Elizabeth L. Flores, Program Officer
E-mail: LFlores@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Cicley Gay, GoGirlGo! Senior Program Officer
E-mail: CGay@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Kerry Milhaven, Events Coordinator
E-mail: KMilhaven@WomensSportsFoundation.org

Whitney Post, GoGirlGo! Boston Director
E-mail: WPost@WomensSportsFoundation.org
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GoGirlGo!

GoGirlGo!, our award winning curriculum and sports education program, works to improve the health of sedentary girls and keeps girls involved in physical activity by supporting programs and organizations that work with girls.

 


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GoGirlGo! Grants

Our GoGirlGo! grants award organizations who seek to enhance the lives of girls using sports, physical activity and life lessons taught through our GoGirlGo! curriculum.

Travel and Training Fund

Since 1984, we have awarded grants to more than 1300 individual athletes and teams – including figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Rachael Flatt, diver Mary Ellen Clark, ski jumper Alissa Johnson, swimmer Mallory Weggemann and the US National Water Polo Team.

 


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Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

Our Mission: To produce and disseminate knowledge and resources that address the impact of gender on health and well-being, promote healthy sexuality, and reduce sexual and reproductive health disparities.
 
RESEARCH: We perform rigorous, innovative research with diverse populations, link findings to practice, and evaluate the impact of evidence-based interventions.
 
EDUCATION: We offer advanced educational opportunities for undergraduate- and graduate-level students and work to implement evidence-based curricula.
 
TRAINING: We provide cutting-edge continuing education and professional development programs for educators, healthcare providers, and paraprofessionals.
 
POLICY: We link research to best practices and disseminate findings to policymakers to promote healthy sexuality.

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835 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph. (415) 817-4525

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Dr. Colleen Hoff, Director
E-mail: choff@sfsu.edu

Dr. Andreana Clay, Research Faculty

Dr. Jessica Fields, Research Faculty
E-mail: jfields@sfsu.edu

Dr. Anu Manchikanti, Research Faculty

Dr. Alexis Martinez, Research Faculty

Dr. Rita Melendez, Research Faculty
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Researchers at CREGS conduct projects examining a wide range of subjects, including sexual health, gender equality, health disparities and HIV prevention. The impact of CREGS’ work is far reaching. Our researchers consistently garner professional recognition and our work has contributed significantly to the national and international sexual research agenda.

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Our student internship opportunities offer academic credit for SFSU students, and position availability depends on the semester. Graduate and undergraduate students from San Francisco State University interested in involvement with CREGS should contact the Principle Investigator of the specific study the student is interested in. Visit our research projects page for a list of current CREGS research faculty and projects.
 
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CREGS is always looking for help from people interested in contributing to our work. Volunteers are always welcome. If you have an idea how you would like to work with us, feel free to send us an email.
 
 
The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) is seeking thoughtful, provocative articles to feature on the front page of the CREGS website. CREGS is dedicated to producing knowledge and resources that address the impact gender on health and well-being, promote healthy sexuality, and reduce sexual and reproductive health disparities.

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