Abercrombie continues its shameful tradition of sexualizing our youth.
From the American Family Association:
& Fitch (A&F) continues its pattern of pushing
pornographic-themed material into mainstream America. Abercrombie &
Fitch has just begun offering their "New College" line of T-shirts.
first A&F T-shirt pictures a young girl opening her blouse -
exposing herself. A&F titles the image: "Show the Twins".
The second picture is of a female running nude. A&F titles it: "Female streaking encouraged."
The next Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt is entitled: "Female Students Wanted for Sexual Research"
& Fitch does not merely sell a popular line of clothing they sell
a lifestyle. And because A&F clothing is popular among teens and
college kids, the influence of their sex-as-recreation lifestyle is
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reports that Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge
in the United States. CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new
infections occur each year almost half of them among young people 15
to 24 years of age.
You can see the pictures of the shirts here. WARNING: They are offensive.
The Great Adventure Kids Card Game Set is for people 3-103! The starter set includes instructions for 6 games, including the easy games of "Crazy Eights" and "Go Fish" and the more complex "Rummy", "Doubt It", and "Spoons" games. These card games will help you have fun while learning about the Bible
The Bible is divided into 12 time periods and each time period has a different color. There are 4 different cards of each color (time period). Card # 1" tells the time period from Bible history that the card belongs to. Card #2 tells the name of an important story from that time period. Card #3 tells the name of important people from the time period. Card #4 says where in the Bible you can find the important stories and people.
My favorite card game is "Crazy Eights". You can have 2-6 players. The recommended age is 6+ but the game is very easy to learn. I also like "Go Fish".
I really like the Great Adventure Kids Card Game Set!
The card game can be purchased individually or as part of the Kids Pack which also includes a Bible timeline, prayer beads, a coloring book, and a bookmark.
We've done the Jeff Cavins Bible study for adults and this pack is an excellent way to introduce children to Mr. Cavin's approach to the "big picture" of salvation history.
Obesity rates could have hit a plateau, some scientists propose, if
only a certain percentage of children are genetically predisposed to
obesity, and that share has gotten fat already. Timothy Olds, a
professor of health sciences at the University of South Australia,
believes genetics could play a role, but he also points to "all the
little things people are doing to encourage healthy weight."
Some researchers argue the data used to produce these conclusions
are flawed. And other scientists say that while the methodology of the
recent batch of studies appears sound, the findings aren't definitive.
Future surveys using different methodologies, they say, could show
obesity rates on the move again.
"Most developed countries are not doing annual surveys," says Tim
Lobstein, director of policy and programs for the International Obesity
Taskforce, a London-based research and advocacy group. "We probably
know more about growth patterns in cattle than we do for human
In the U.S., obesity rates among children hovered at about 16%
between 2002 and 2006, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The leveling off was a surprise to William
Dietz, director of the CDC's division of nutrition, physical activity
and obesity, who notes that prominent anti-obesity-awareness campaigns
have only been around for a few years. (A survey conducted by the
National Opinion Research Center, a group based at the University of
Chicago, showed increases in most states between 2003 and 2007, but
that was based on phone interviews rather than physical examinations.)
Some health advocates have been leery of giving too much attention
to the encouraging numbers, noting that a plateau or small decrease
won't stave off the high financial and medical toll likely in store for
today's overweight children.
"What I worry about is that people will read these numbers and think
we've got this solved," says Dr. Dietz of the CDC. "I'm encouraged by
the results, but this is no time for complacency."
Lititz, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school ordered
more than 450 shot glasses for its prom, a move the assistant principal
now says sent the wrong message.
As the Warwick High School students left last week's dance, the prom
committee handed them souvenir shot glasses. The girls who attended
last year's prom got a picture frame; the boys, a money clip.
Assistant Principal Scott Galen says: "Unfortunately, this year the junior class didn't have quite as much money."
Galen says the principal signed off on the purchase order, but that
paperwork simply said "prom souvenir" and didn't identify the mementos
as shot glasses. Galen says he's certain this will never happen again.
The school is in Lancaster County, about 65 miles east of Philadelphia.
Really? No adult saw the shot glasses before they were handed out? No one (students included) had the smarts to realize that this was a bad idea?
Nickelodeon and Burger King have reached a new low. They've partnered to produce a new, highly sexualized, ad for a Burger King SpongeBob SquarePants Kids Meal.The commercial, which ran
during the men's NCAA basketball championship and other programming,
features The King singing a remix of Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1990's hit song,
"Baby Got Back" with the new lyrics, "I like square butts and I cannot
lie." The ad shows images of The King singing in front of women shaking
their behinds for the camera intercut with images of SpongeBob dancing
along. The King even measures the behind of one of the woman who has
stuffed a phonebook under her dress. After the King informs children
about the free SpongeBob toy they get with the purchase of
a Burger King Kids Meal, the ad ends with Sir Mix-A-Lot, lounging on a
couch with two female admirers, saying, "Booty is booty."
It's harmful enough when a beloved media icon advertises junk food to children, but it's utterly reprehensible when SpongeBob simultaneously promotes the objectification of women through sexualized imagery.
is little doubt that Burger King was hoping to court controversy when
they produced this ad. The company continually positions itself as an
edgier alternative to other fast food chains. But it's one
thing to market edginess to adults. It's another to exploit children in
the process. It is simply unacceptable that Burger King is
objectifying women and using sexual stereotypes to lure young children
to its restaurants.
for Nickelodeon, it's bad enough that the company profits from using
their most popular characters to sell kids on junk food. But to
associate a beloved male cartoon character with lechery SpongeBob sends
an even stronger message about how little Nick cares about the
wellbeing of their devoted audience.
"Our school is taking a stand against mass marketing to
children. Scholastic is a Book Club and should not be an advertising
base for products marketed to children. We see this as exploitation!
Our teachers will not be used as salesmen."~ Jeanne Voltz-Loomis, Pre-K Teacher, Myrtle Beach, SC.
When nearly 5,000 CCFC members told Scholastic to "Put the book back in book club," a Scholastic executive told the New York Times, "We
work with teachers to make sure that items are O.K. to put out in their
classrooms." But teachers all over the country are telling a different
story. More than 800 people have already signed CCFC's teacher petition
to Scholastic and many have included personal, eloquent expressions of discomfort about promoting toys and plastic trinkets to their students. Some have stopped distributing the flyers altogether.
Alliance is joining underage drinking prevention advocates in
calling on the teen accessory store chain, Icing by Claire's, to stop selling
girl-friendly flasks. The initial report was done by the Chicago Sun Times.
Join Together reports that the flasks are decorated with charms and designed
to hold 5 ounces of liquor and are available for $12.50, and one-shot
keychain flasks with room for the individual's initials are available for
The flasks show disclaimers that the product is not meant for minors, and
warns that the flasks are designed to carry alcoholic beverages and should
not be used for beverages with acidic contents like fruit juices.
Advocates are concerned that Icing by Claire's is encouraging underage
drinking by selling flasks, while targeting its products to girls as young as
17. Icing by Claire's is a subsidiary of Claire's, Inc., which operates
approximately 3,000 stores throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Alcohol containers should not be considered fashion accessories --
which plays into young women’s increased alcohol consumption.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
You are encouraged
to contact Claire's corporate offices and voice your concern at these
harmful marketing practices. You can contact them by visiting their
Website by clicking
here or by contacting them by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this with your friends and contact Claire's and let them know that this type of irresponsible, predatory, marketing to our kids is unacceptable.