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H.R. 4925, The Healthy Media for Youth Act (9 comments ↓)

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  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as H.R. 2513, The Healthy Media for Youth Act.

H.R. 4925 would authorize grants to promote media literacy and youth empowerment programs, to authorize research on the role and impact of depictions of girls and women in the media, to provide for the establishment of a National Task Force on Girls and Women in the Media.

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Sporknicely

March 31, 2010, 7:31am (report abuse)

Sounds like a great idea to me, I'm having a hard time finding anywhere that breaks the bill down and tells exactly what it's going to do. Any suggestions as to where to look?

Concerned Citizen

April 14, 2010, 4:36pm (report abuse)

@Sporknicely:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-4925

This is great!

Samantha

July 7, 2010, 7:21pm (report abuse)

I'm pretty sure this bill is illegal under the first amendment...nice try though.

Brian OMalley

July 16, 2010, 5:59pm (report abuse)

This ain't 1970 kids, this is 2010. Every time I turn on the TV I see women news anchors, sportscasters, commentators, and Speakers of the House. Why do we need a bill to promote depictions of women in the media? This bill is being promoted by the Girls Scouts USA, but isn't Girl Scouts USA supposed to be promoting women everywhere, including in the media?

Tabby Biddle

July 27, 2010, 7:58pm (report abuse)

I think this bill is fantastic. Thank you!

Angie

July 28, 2010, 6:49pm (report abuse)

Skimming through it, the bill is mainly about (grants) promoting healthy depictions of women in media, so our twelve-year-old girls don't feel they have to starve themselves to fit into size zero jeans.

Encouraging more diversity in the representation of women in media will help widen the internalized definition of beauty that is currently dominated by images of skinny white models.

CELESTE

September 2, 2010, 7:13pm (report abuse)

@ Samantha - what is illegal about research and media literacy?

J-Bird

September 30, 2010, 8:21pm (report abuse)

@ Brian OMalley - if you read it at all, you'd know that the bill isn't about promoting depictions of women in the media- it's about promoting healthy images of women in the media so that girls finally have a realistic look at what normal or healthy or beautiful means.

There are so many mixed messages about how girls should feel about their bodies, or what they should look like... something good should come out of it instead of just confusing kids.

This bill is about research and development toward creating a more realistic look at health and beauty.

It's no coincidence that girls' self-esteem is at record lows and that more girls than ever are suffering from depression, obesity, and eating disorders.

This bill is certainly a step in the right direction, to getting kids back to nature and in touch with a non-pixelated reality...

Until then, this is a great way for young girls to redefine beauty.

For more on the bill:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-4925

TP

March 10, 2011, 9:36pm (report abuse)

I think this bill is great! It isn't just about encouraging positive images of women in society (although that is great), I think that it also addresses issues of sexualization and objectification which are increasingly problematic in today's society. I encourage those who agree with the mission of this act to vote for it on change.org (http://www.change.org/petitions/support_the_healthy_media_for_youth_act - voting is very easy!) so that word of its support can reach government.

Also, if you are interested in the presence and proven effects of sexualization in society, I would recommend this video and others like it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU2WzCjTkF4 It illustrates many modern-day examples and the consequences of this sexualizing trend, especially for the younger, more vulnerable, and more impressionable members of society.

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