Stunned, angry, flabbergasted, determined, inspired - just a few of the feelings I had during the key note presentation of renowned author, speaker, and filmmaker, Jean Kilbourne. A pioneer in the study of the image of women in advertising, she spoke to us on the last day of this year's Tri-State Conference about the graphic messages of sex and sexiness in the media and popular culture. She walked us through graphic images found in magazines, showed clips from tv shows and youtube, and brought us face to face with the reality facing our campers today. Her latest book, So Sexy So Soon, like her presentation, gives us concrete strategies and empowers us to educate our children, our staff, and ourselves so that we, too, can turn the world around.
In addition to hearing her speak, I had the privilege of interviewing her for CampHacker. Studying her work for many years and knowing of her impressive history, I must admit I was quite intimidated. I was even nervous sending the email to ask her for an interview. To my delight, she was very accommodating and happy to take part. Like us, she understands the great value found in a camp experience and is a huge supporter of what we all do. Jean credits her own camp background with playing a significant role in her development. It was an honour to meet her.
For further information on what your camp can do to combat "the sexualized childhood", visit www.sosexysosoon.com
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