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Culture Shift: resources for families and educators

The YWCA Metro Vancouver supports parents (and other adult allies) to support gender equality and healthy relationships in children.  Many adults find talking to children about sexualization and hypermasculinization difficult, but there are tools to help you.  Engaging kids on these topics will help to shift culture to one that is safer and more equitable for all people.

Topics you can discuss:

Media literacy

Question Media: media literacy resource for youth and parents


​Redefining Masculinity: tips for raising healthy kids in a hypermasculinized world

Combatting sexualization

10 Tips for Boys to Help Combat Sexualization of Girls 

10 Tips for Girls to Help Combat Sexualization

Learn more about sexualization:

​YWCA's advocacy work on combatting sexualization

Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls.

Letting Children be Children. Report of an Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualization of Childhood by Reg Bailey.

Sexualization of children in the contemporary media - Commonwealth of Australia 2008.