- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2000


"A Tribe Apart: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence," by Patricia Hersch, Ballantine, 1999. Mrs. Hersch, a writer and editor in Reston, chronicles the lives of middle school students in Northern Virginia and reveals some startling attitudes about sex and relationships.


Morality in Media, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10115. Phone: 212/870-3222. Web site: www.moralityinmedia.org. MIM, a nonprofit organization that fights obscenity and pornography in the media, publishes newsletters and brochures for interested citizens and parents.
National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, 800 Compton Road, Suite 9224, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. Phone: 513/521-6227. Web site: www.nationalcoalition.org/index.htm. The coalition also publishes reports and brochures for families concerned about the mainstreaming of pornography.
Children Now, 1212 Broadway, Fifth Floor, Oakland, Calif. 94612. Phone: 510/763-2444. Web site: www.childrennow.org. This children's advocacy group focuses on poor, at-risk children. Its reports are available on line.
Media Watch, PO Box 618, Santa Cruz, Calif. 95061. Phone: 831/423-6355. Web site: www.mediawatch.com. This group studies women's issues in the media, and how women and girls are often portrayed and affected by television and movies. It has newsletters and informational videos for parents.

On line

Girls Inc., a national youth organization providing educational and self-esteem tools for girls, has a Web site (www.girlsinc.org). The site features a survey for girls and their parents that highlights differences between TV reality and girls' actual reality.
About Face, a media literacy organization in San Francisco, has a Web site (www.about-face.org) with a gallery of top 10 "media offenders," featuring magazine ads with women in provocative dress or poses, to illustrate how the media use women and sex to sell.

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