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Pink Makes Me See Red!
Daily Mail, January 22, 2009


Pester Power: Curbing Your Child's Inner Consumer
CBC News, December 23, 2008

Distributor Gives Bratz the Boot

Winnipeg Free Press, September 18, 2008


Ads Banned on South Carolina School Buses, September 10, 2008


MPAA: Not All PG-13 Films Are Alike

Broadcast and Cable, September 10, 2008

Disney Dialing Up Kids Again
Forbes, August 20, 2008

Grade-school Lolita: ‘So Sexy So Soon’

The Today Show, August 6, 2008


Marketers sneak into pop songs

Marketplace, August 5, 2008


Many tweens watching 'R' films despite restriction

USA Today, August 5, 2008


A Product’s Place Is on the Set

New York Times, July 22, 2008


'Wall-E' Gives Glimpse of Product Placement's Future

Advertising Age, July 17, 2008

Real healing in pretend world: The Boston Globe Reviews Susan Linn's Book
Boston Globe, July 14, 2008

It’s American Brandstand: Marketers Underwrite Performers
New York Times, July 7, 2008

Perfect storm: Kids, phones, ads, free
Media Life, June 30, 2008

Survey Reveals Moms Wary of Ads Aimed at Kids
Advertising Age, June 25, 2008

Is make-believe vital to kids? You better believe it: An interview with CCFC's Susan Linn
USA Today, June 25, 2008

Study Says Youth Are Swimming in Alcohol Ads
Advertising Age, June 24, 2008

Stilettos for babies
Toronto Star, June 13, 2008

Childhood for sale on Alloy website
Upstate Today, June 12, 2008

Beloved Characters as Reimagined for the 21st Century
New York Times, June 11, 2008

Tell kids about how ads affect them - then take conversations further
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 11, 2008

PG-13 isn't for young children
Boston Globe, June 7, 2008

Teen flicks targeted at children
Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2008

The power of a make-believe world
Boston Globe, June 3, 2008

Are ads on children's social networking sites harmless child's play or virtual insanity?
The Independent, June 2, 2008

Entering Virtual Worlds for Real-Life Pitches
New York Times, May 29, 2008

Should the Government Make Us Happy?
Miller-McCune, May 19, 2008

Keep Targeting Kids and the Parents Will Start Targeting You
Advertising Age, May 19, 2008

When Web Time Is Playtime
New York Times, May 8, 2008

Toddlers coming of digital age
USA Today, April 30, 2008

Summer movies drive toys full-speed to shelves
USA Today, April 29, 2008

Forget Miley Cyrus. Check out Disney's Chinese underwear ad, April 29, 2008

Movie Tie-Ins Coming Soon to Everywhere Near You
Advertising Age, April 17, 2008

Pop culture pulls in major bucks
USA Today, April 17, 2008

Teach children to resist marketing void
Food Sleuth, April 16, 2008

Skip In Time: New Research Service Targets Kids
Media Daily News, April 11, 2008

Meet the retail arbiters
Star-Tribune, April 8, 2008

Parental guidance suggested
Boston Globe, April 1, 2008

Don’t forget importance of play
Associate Press, March 16, 2008

A One-Eyed Invader in the Bedroom
New York Times, March 4, 2008

Let's Rewrite the Rules for Kids' Media
Business Week, March 2, 2008

Commercialism is harming children's lives
The Children's Society, February 27, 2008

Children 'damaged' by materialism
BBC News, February 26, 2008

How To Avoid Raising Materialistic Children
WCCO, Feburary 25, 2008

MGA Entertainment to Roll Out America’s Next Top Model Dolls
Worldscreen, February 19, 2008

Playboy is being marketed to pre-teens like Barbie or Bratz
TES, February 15, 2008

'CosmoGirl's' Pot Calls the Kettle Black
News Busters, February 7, 2008

Generation Diva: Pampering could give little girls the wrong attitude
Arizona Republic, January 15, 2008

Would Hannah Montana wear it?
Boston Globe, January 10, 2008


Barbie's off boozin' with the Bratz Pack, December 16, 2007

Bratz Media Empire Grows
Video Business, December 5, 2007

Teens stress most over body image
The Sunshine Coast Daily, December 4, 2007

Taking the Axe to Unilever's hypocrisy
Toronto Star, November 28, 2007

Dove viral draws heat from critics
Advertising Age, November 26, 2007

Body spray ads amuse, but do they offend, too?
Sacramento Bee, November 6, 2007

A company's ugly contradiction
Boston Globe, November 5, 2007

Are young girls dressing too revealingly?
Good Morning America, October 27, 2007

Unilever shuns stereotypes of women(unless talking to men)
New York Times, October 15, 2007

CCFC accuses Unilever of ad hypocrisy
LA Times, October 10, 2007

Lolita's Closet: Unbearably trampy back-to-school clothes
Salt Lake Tribune, August 6, 2007

More than a doll, baby
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2, 2007

Too Sexy, Too Soon, August 1, 2007)

Starvation diets of schoolgirls striving for supermodel size
Daily Mail, July 24, 2007

Are Bratz Dolls Too Sexy?
MSNBC, April 11, 2007

Marketing what? To whom?
Houston Chronicle, March 21, 2007

Trash the plastic slappers (Bratz)
Courier Mail, March 20, 2007

Parents push to boot Bratz books from Scholastic fairs
CanWest, February 28, 2007

Message and the Media: Our girls deserve better
San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2007

As Pop Culture Targets Ever Younger Girls, Psychologists Worry About a Premature

Focus on Sex and Appearance
Washington Post, February 20, 2007

Cashing in on the tween dream
The Australian Age, January 6, 2007

Why are we dressing our daughters like this?
McLeans, January, 2007


Middle School Girls Gone Wild
New York Times, December 29, 2006

What's Wrong With Cinderella?
New York Times, December 26, 2006

‘Tweens‘ becoming the new teens
Associated Press, November 25, 2006

Psychologists push back against market forces and products that sexualize young girls
APA Monitor, September 2006

No Escaping Sexualization of Young Girls
LA Times, August 25, 2006

Barbie Is the Least of My Problems, as a Mom, August 1, 2006

Tweens and Media: What's Too Adult?, August 1, 2006

Sexy styles beckon little girls 
Denver Post, June 24, 2006

Have the heirs of Barbie hit limit for risqué dolls?
The Christian Science Monitor,
May 25, 2006

The Shrinking Childhood
Detroit Free Press, May 13, 2006

As Pop Music Seeks New Sales, the Pussycat Dolls Head to Toyland
New York Times, April 17, 2006

Sexy media a siren call to promiscuity?
Reuters, April 4, 2006

Merchants of filth have worthy foe
NY Daily News, April 3, 2006

Backside of free speech
Boston Globe, March 27, 2006

Young Adult Fiction: Wild Things
New York Times Book Review, March 12, 2006



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