You probably don’t need someone to tell you that there has been a major shift in the “point” of Halloween lately as it pertains to young girls. We’ve moved from creative, scary, or funny costumes to sexy, sexier, and sexiest. Even childhood favorites, known for their youthful innocence have been pornified. Just check out Red […]

Next Twitter Chat 10/13! What to do about Pornified Halloween Costumes for Girls? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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It’s been a year since the launch of Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It. The book, based on 10 years of my own research, was born out of my dissertation at Tufts University and morphed into over 200 interviews […]

Fighting Weight Obsession: Good Girls Don’t Get Fat Revisited is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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I went to the park with my 2 ½ year old on Monday.  We ran the length of the soccer field.  We talked about baseball.  Ran the bases. Went on a nature walk.  Picked up leaves and chatted about the changing colors. Looked at bark. Moss. Sticks. Dirt. And bugs. She loves bugs. Yes, I’m […]

Mud, Leaves & Bark: How Nature Can Help Combat Sexualization & Dumbification of Girls is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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There has been a very consistent downgrading of girls happening lately.  It seems like one thing after another telling them that their looks are most important, that smarts are to be hidden (if they even had them in the first place) and that they need to hurry up and dress like, behave like, and believe […]

Dumbification, Dramatization & Sexualization: Messages we send to boys when we downgrade girls is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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Two weeks ago I was on The Today Show talking about the “loungerie” that 4 year old models were wearing in a French advertisement.  The children were made up to look much older and we posed in very inappropriate and sometimes alarming poses.  It felt like de ja vu. I had just been on The […]

A Twitter Party is Born: Sexualization of Girls Discussion on September 8th, 9pm EST, 8pm CT #SaveGirlHood is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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This morning I was on The Today Show talking about sexualization of girls, particularly as it pertains to the latest images we’ve seen (loungerie, push up bras for teens, 10 year old model in Vogue).  What do you think? We have been bombarded with sexualized images of young girls over the last few weeks, just […]

From 10 yr old Models in Vogue to Loungerie for 4 yr olds? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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By now you probably have heard of the controversy over Thylane Loubry Blondeau, a 10 year old model who recently “graced” the pages of Vogue Paris. An absolutely beautiful girl, made up to look much older, to sell clothes to adult women.  Make sense? As a parent of a girl & a child dev specialist, […]

Where is the Line Between High Fashion & High Risk? 10 Year Old Vogue Model, Thylane Loubry Blondeau is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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You know the commercials.  They provide tight shots of taut bottoms and long, shapely legs.  Skechers “shape ups” were given an extra jolt of “sexy” when Kim Kardashian was shown, part by part, sweaty and heavily breathing, in the Skecher’s commercial named “Break up to Shape Up” that aired on Super Bowl Sunday 2010. There […]

Skechers Shape Ups for Girls: Crossing the Line or Just a Pair of Shoes? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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We had a great conversation on The Today Show today with Meredith Vieira, talking about the very controversial Abercrombie and Fitch padded, push-up bikini tops for the 7-14 year old age bracket.  I’ve been receiving some questions about this, so here, I answer a view of the big ones. Early sexualization of girls is wrong […]

Dr. Robyn Silverman on The Today Show: Abercrombie’s Push-up Bikini Bras for 7 year olds? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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We’ve been hearing about it for years.  Same argument, same market. Different doll, different “wolf” in sheep’s clothing. You would think we’d get used to it by now. But we don’t…do we? Between the mock-celebrity party limos for birthday girls (with pink virgin cocktails for the ride!) and the “fabulous” and heavily made-up Monster High […]

Tarty Toys for Tots: A Pound of Flesh too Much or Much Ado About Nothing? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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