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    Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Recently, a day doesn’t go by without learning about another high-profile case of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined sexual harassment in its guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, […]

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    Teens and Media: The Research Continues

    This week I had the opportunity to speak to a class taught by board member Preston Daniels. Discrimination and Diversity is a popular course at Des Moines Area Community College, and it was refreshing to see the nods of recognition of the pervasive gender stereotypes presented in the media. We realize that rigid gender roles […]

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    “Depictions, Perceptions, and Harm” In Advertising

    England’s watchdog for “truth in advertising” came out this week with strict new standards prohibiting ads that portray “potentially harmful” gender stereotypes. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the United Kingdom’s independent regulator of all media advertising.  Based in London, the agency enforces rules established by the Committee on Advertising Practice, looking to promote responsibility […]

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    Cyberbullying: A Gender Issue

    We all remember the campaign speech last fall, when future First Lady Melania Trump announced she would adopt a key issue after the election: combatting cyber-bullying.  Although the speech was met with a hearty measure of skepticism (particularly in the current online climate including her husband’s tweets), her message was important.  “It is never okay,” […]

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    “This Is What It Feels Like”

    Catcalling is something girls and women have long endured.   But in a new art exhibit, “This Is What It Feels Like” (its opening panel appears to the left) has received a powerful response from men who left the exhibit in tears – and with new empathy for what women and girls are subjected to […]

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    “A Typical American Girl” Today

    When Chrysalis shares information with others about what it’s like to be a “typical American girl” today, here are some of the sobering statistics given: WE ARE CONSTANTLY TOLD THAT TO BE “ACCEPTABLE,” WE MUST BE YOUNG, THIN, WHITE – OR AT LEAST LIGHT-SKINNED – PERFECTLY MADE UP, SEXY, AND APPEALING TO MEN…A MESSAGE MOST […]

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    When Marketing is Detrimental to Women and Girls

    Most marketing is detrimental to women and girls, but there is some hope.

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  • Pornography is a Public Health Crisis

    It is estimated that internet pornography sites get over 450 million unique visitors every month – more than Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix combined. Pornography, objectification, and hypersexualization are all damaging to girls and women, and our work is to prevent this.

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