Are you a girl with lots of ideas and opinions to share about being a girl and how the media portrays your gender? Got a passion for speaking up and calling out those who oppress people with stereotyping and judgement? Then you might be interested in learning more about SPARK (Sexualization Protest, Action, Resistance, Knowledge), a consciousness – raising organization dedicated to changing the negative portrayal and sexulaization of girls in the media.
From their website:
SPARK is a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. We’re collaborating with hundreds of girls 13-22 and more than 60 national organizations to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem.
Sexualization Protest, Action Resistance, Knowledge (SPARK) is looking for new team members. Girls ages 13-20 are invited to apply to become a part of the SPARKteam. I could name a dozen girls I know who would be awesome as bloggers/activists for this organization. Lear about some of the activism SPARKTeam members have been up to including You’ve Been Sparked and Why are we still talking about LEGO (a plea to dramitically increase the number of female characters in their adventure-based kits)?
Role of SPARKTeam members:
If selected, team members agree to post media on different channels twice a month (could be youtube videos, blog posts, talk to the media), to check in with the private facebook group at least twice a week, and complete twice-yearly training with other SPARKTeam members. (All requirements can be found on the application).
In return, team members make a small stipend ($25 per media post up to $50 per month) and your expense for the team trainings are covered. Plus, you get to work with inspirational mentors (I’m inspired just after watching this video) and meet really cool girls who want to make the world a better place too.
Applications are due June 4, 2012