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Our Daughters Brooklyn

By Lisa M. Collins
Painting by Sara Woster

Our Daughters –  October Event

Sunday, October 6

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local 61 at 61 Bergen Street, upstairs mezzanine

Does your daughter say that she wants to dress ‘sexy’?  Is she confused by what she sees on TV?  How do you protect your daughter from early sexualization?

Dana Edell – Executive Director of SPARK Movement will talk about healthy sexuality and sexual objectification, and give you tools for discussing sex in the media with our girls.

Our Daughters invites expert speakers to address parents on the concerns of raising young girls in our modern world.

Speakers will address some of the concerns that you have asked us to address while also expanding our context to better connect with everybody in our community. You can expect a ‘For Men Only’ night, a talk about what an outdoor life and camp experience can do for our girls, a discussion on how to help our daughters find a healthy digital/on-line life, and many other topics that you have told us are important to you. As always, we rely on your feedback; we are community-driven – you decide the kind of content you would like to receive.

We are very excited to announce our first Our Daughters event, which will be held on Sunday, October 6th at 5:30 at Local 61.

Our speaker is Dana Edell, Ph.D. an activist-scholar-artist and the executive director of SPARK Movement, an intergenerational, girl-fueled activist organization committed to ending the sexualization of girls. SPARK began as a response to The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and its call for grassroots mobilizing around the clear and present danger that sexualization poses to girls and young women. Dana will help the Our Daughters community establish the difference between healthy sexuality and sexual objectification and how we can help our daughters understand the difference between the two. She will be able to address the many questions that you might about how to talk to young daughters who want to look ‘sexy’ and how to best address any confusion our girls might feel about what they see on TV versus what they feel inside.

**Please note that the event is for adults only. On October 6th, mothers, fathers, and anybody raising girls ages 6-10 are welcome! There is no cost to attend – however donations of all amounts will be accepted to cover speaker fees.***

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More information on Our Daughters October 6 Speaker:

Prior to Joining SPARK, Dana was the co-founder/executive director of viBe Theater Experience, from 2002-2012, where she directed and produced more than 60 original plays, 7 CDs of new music, and 8 arts-based resource guidebooks, all written and performed by girls. She’s also the chair of the task force for girls’ participation at the United Nations’ Working Group on Girls and is on the Advisory Board of Brave Girls Want, an organization created to ask media creators to expand their version of what it means to be a girl, and recognize our girls as whole, complex people and not as gender stereotypes. Dana teaches at NYU and CUNY and earned a BA in Classics/Ancient Greek from Brown, an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia and a PhD in Educational Theatre from NYU.

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