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Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, and advocate for young people. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls(Spinifex Press, 2009) and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray). Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions and many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. She is an Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, HagarNZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation, Melinda is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney. She is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.
- Collective Shout History, Campaigns and Victories
- Harms of Pornography
- Body Image
- Objectification of women in media and advertising
- Sexualisation of children
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Feedback from some recent presentations:
Melinda Tankard Reist was the key speaker to address all our Year 7-10 students at our inaugural Wellbeing Day. Her informative, engaging and eye-opening presentation was better than I could have ever expected…Students have been talking about Melinda’s presentation every day since her visit to our school. Highly recommended – 10/10!! - (Julia Picone, Head Teacher Wellbeing, George’s River College, Peakhurst, NSW)
There are some things that you wish you didn't have to talk about with your children. It is the same feeling when you are considering students in your school, especially when they are still in Primary School. But to be informed is to be empowered, and Melinda did this at St Mary's Primary School Bellingen when she came to talk to our Stage 3 students. Melinda is a force of good - fighting against the sexualisation and exploitation of our young people with dedication and skill that comes from her years of experience and her passion for the cause. Our students connected with her instantly as if they knew intuitively that she is a champion for them and other young people like them. For parents, the reality is shocking. The realisation of the current state is necessary to bring about action and encourage people to stand up for our children. Thank you for continuing to fight for such important issues Melinda. (Lisa Doolan - Acting Principal, St Mary's Primary School, Bellingen NSW)
After hearing you speak today I said to a friend that my previous response to inappropriate items and advertising was to shake my head and ignore it but you challenged that today. Next time I will do something... Tweet, Facebook, write a letter, I don't know but something. You really inspired and maybe empowered me today. So thank you. I'm glad to have come across your organization. (Kellie - Melbourne)
The session by Collective Shout was extremely relevant and engaging. Felicity presented on both the underlying causes for, and symptoms of, the objectification of women in the media. She encouraged the girls to be critical thinkers and empowered them to use their voices in both their personal and community spheres. I am looking forward to having Collective Shout come and speak to our boys. (Jill Konig – Flinders Christian Community College)
The presentation was an eye opening realisation. It gave us an insight on what happens in the media. It shows that we should stand up for ourselves and not let the media and men portray girls as an object to be looked at. It made us feel powerful, that we could help out at such a young age. We shouldn’t be labelled and put in a commercial to draw men to the product. It gave us insight on how we should be treated. (Year 8 girl, Flinders CCC)
Objectification is abuse of women and it’s not okay. I’ve been made more aware of my surroundings and am able to point out what is right and wrong. I learnt how to deal with these types of situations and also how to treat others and be treated with respect. (Year 8 girl, Flinders CCC)
Collective Shout helped me gain a better understanding of unrealistic expectations set by media and to view myself with respect and dignity. Rather than be insecure about the way I look, I was taught that what was supposed to be an ideal, beautiful body, wasn’t even real. I was also encouraged to stand up for myself and other girls/women that are mistreated and/or used for marketing purposes. I think that what the organisation is doing is great! Thank you! (Year 8 girl, Flinders CCC)