I’m a psychology professor at the University of Michigan and have been doing research for the past 17 years both on teens’ sexual development and on media influences on teens’ lives. I was also a member of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. I have conducted many research studies analyzing the narrow sexual messages in the media and their impact on girls’ and boys’ body image, self-esteem, and beliefs about sex, dating, and relationships. As I become increasingly aware of how media exposure limits how girls view themselves and women, more generally, I am enthusiastic to help SPARK a change in a different direction.

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