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Research Blog: How does our approach to exercise affect our relationships with our bodies?

not a nightmare?!

by Stephanie M. Anderson I am not a runner – or at least I wasn’t. I grew up hating running for all of the obvious reasons: panting, chafing, blisters, short shorts. Frankly, I would have rather spent an hour at the dentist than run 2 miles. So when I completed the New York City Half [...]

Research blog: To see or not to see? That’s the question

is this what you see?

by Marisa Ragonese I had a baby three summers ago, and she’s been hanging around me a lot ever since.  One of the best parts about this whole kid thing, at least for me, is the radical shift from how men used to look at and treat me, and the way they do now. Most [...]

Research Blog: Objects don’t object, or, how objectification discourages activism

by Christin Bowman Here at SPARK, if there’s one thing we all love, it’s activism. We protest and picket and petition for change.  We struggle to take sexy back with a fiery passion that burns deep within all of us – a SPARK that ignites us (pun very much intended). Being an activist isn’t always [...]

Research Blog: How sexualization affects judgments about girls’ accomplishments

How are people viewing the girl in this photo? Is that fair?

By Jenn Chmielewski Okay, let me get real with you when it comes to my perspective on how sexualized girls are in the media and advertising. Just a couple weeks ago, I was shopping online trying to find some leggings to keep me warm before spring finally came. As I sat browsing through images of [...]

“Low-Cut Shirts and High-Heeled Shoes”: A look at sexualization in teen magazines


by Kimberly Belmonte Have you heard that there’s no more photoshopping in American Eagle’s Aerie ads?  I think it’s a step in the right direction and it reminds me of SPARK activist Julia Bluhm’s petition to Seventeen magazine that led the company to issue a new policy against photoshopping its images.  While it’s totally awesome [...]

Research Blog: SPARKing a Riot

from the Riot Grrrl Zine Arcvhice at Fales Library, NYU

by Marisa Ragonese I’m pretty excited to be one of the research bloggers for SPARK, because in my universe SPARK and research are both amazing, and the combination is the amazingest. I’m also extra excited to contribute to SPARK in some small way because doing revolutionary work with girls and women is what keeps me [...]