Navigating a s*xed-up world: How can we help our children resist harmful messages from media and pop culture and aspire to respectful relationships?
Parents and care-givers are noticing children seem to be growing up too fast, worried about their appearance and more aware of se*ual issues at earlier ages. Children and young people are bombarded with hyperse*ualised messages from media and popular culture. The lives of young people are increasingly socialised, conditioned and informed by exposure to online p*rn before their first kiss. Drawing from current global literature and the experiences of young people, Melinda and Daniel will explore how the proliferation of s*xualised images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and se*uality, hampering their physical health, emotional health and social development. They help parents to address this toxic culture and provide practical tips on raising happy, healthy and resilient young people who value their dignity and self-worth and aspire to relationships based on respect and authentic connection.
Melinda Tankard Reist, Author, Speaker, Advocate
Melinda is an author, speaker, media commentator and advocate for young people. Author/editor of 7 books, she is best known for her work addressing s*xualisation, objectification, harms of p*rnography, s*xual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions and many other TV and radio programs. She is co-founder and movement director of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of s*xploitation. Melinda is an Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, Hagar NZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation. She is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney and named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.
Daniel Principe, Youth Advocate & Educator
Daniel is Collective Shout’s youth advocate and educator. He has a background in PR, marketing, media, and as a health professional and advisor in the non-profit health sector. Daniel challenges toxic messages about masculinity in mainstream culture, which he critiques through a p*rn-critical lens. He helps young men to see how these cultural forces fuel distorted ideas and attitudes about bodies, relationships and s*xuality. Daniel works with young men to reimagine masculinity and embody a vision of manhood defined by virtue. He also hosts Collective Shout’s podcast ‘Reimagining Masculinity’ and is a regular on TV and radio programs.
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