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SPARK Blogs Research blogs reposted from the girls' feminist activist initiative sparkmovement.org that translate research on sexualization for adolescent girls and their allies

SPARK Blog: Trying to Run Your Butt Off? How Exercise Motivations Shape Self-Objectification

BY STEPH ANDERSON
I am not a runner – or at least I wasn’t. I grew up hating running for all of the obvious reasons: panting, chafing, blisters, short shorts. Frankly, I would have rather spent an hour at the dentist than run 2 miles. So when I completed the New York City Half Marathon this past spring, I was elated and honestly amazed that my body even had the capacity to run that far.

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SPARK Blog: Black Girl Matters

BY MARISA RAGONESE
What a year for talk about racism in the US. No criminal charges for Darren Wilson, the police officer in Furguson, MO who shot unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown last August. Or Daniel Panteleo, the cop in NYC caught on video putting Eric Garner, Black father of six, in a fatal chokehold on a July afternoon while arresting him for selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island.

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