Sharon Lamb will discuss her books Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes and Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes. Player. Jock. Slacker. Competitor. Superhero. Goofball. Sexy. Diva. Boy-crazy. Shopper. The images of boyhood and girlhood that are being packaged and sold to your child are stereotypical, demeaning, limiting, and alarming. From cartoons to video games, boys are bombarded with stereotypes about what it means to be a boy, including messages about violence, risktaking, and perfecting an image of just not caring. Girls are besieged by images in the media that encourage accessorizing over academics; sex appeal over sports; fashion over friendship. Packaging Boyhood and Packaging Girlhood expose these stereotypes and the very limited choices presented of who our children are and what they can be. The authors give you guidance on how to talk with your sons and daughters about these negative images and provide you with tools and information on how to help them make more positive choices about the way they are in the world. Sharon Lamb, Ed.D. has taught at Saint Michael's College and continues her therapy practice in Shelburne. She is currently a Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at UMass Boston and commutes back to Vermont! (phoenixbooksvt)
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