Body Positivity or Body Obsession? Learning to See More & Be More, Lindsay Kite, Beauty Redefined, TEDx Salt Lake City, 17 min

The dangerous ways ads see women, Jean Kilbourne, TEDx Lafayette College, 16 mins.

The Sexy Lie, Caroline Heldman at TEDxYouth@SanDiego, 13 mins.


Empowerment and body positivity in the selfie age, Lindsay Kite, Feminist Current, 39 min

Web articles

The images of women making society more dangerous

Articles and books

*Available in the WAAC Library

Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, Peggy Orenstein*

Female Chauvinist Pigs. Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, Ariel Levy*

Living Dolls. The Return of Sexism, Natasha Walter*

Media and sexualization: State of empirical research, 1995–2015, L. Monique Ward, Annual Review of Sex Research Special Issue.  This research shows that regular, everyday exposure to sexually objectifying content is directly associated with a range of consequences, including higher levels of body dissatisfaction, greater self-objectification, greater support of sexist beliefs and of adversarial sexual beliefs, and greater tolerance of sexual violence toward women. Moreover, experimental exposure to this content leads both women and men to have a diminished view of women’s competence, morality, and humanity.

Useful links

Collective Shout. Collective Shout is a grassroots campaigns movement against the objectification of women and the sexualisation of girls. Collective Shout is for anyone concerned about the increasing pornification of culture and the way its messages have become entrenched in mainstream society, presenting distorted and dishonest ideas about women and girls, sexuality and relationships.

Beauty Redefined. Beauty Redefined works to arm girls and women with the tools to become resilient in the face of objectification and unreal ideals about female bodies