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Too Much Too Young: The Sexualization of Our Children & What We Can Do About It

April 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Too Much Too Young: The Sexualization of Our Children & What We Can Do About It

Presented by: Melinda Tankard Reist

Have you noticed that your children seem to be growing up too fast? That they are worried about their appearance and more aware of sexual issues at earlier stages?

Children and young people are bombarded with hypersexualized messages from media and popular culture. Even small children are worried about their looks and physical appearance, shaped and conditioned at the earliest of ages by a dominant message that tells them they must be ‘hot’ be liked and accepted.

The lives of young people are increasingly socialized, conditioned and informed by exposure to porn related content online.  They are exposed to this content not only before they have had sex, but often before their first kiss, with average age of first exposure 11. Exposed to a pornified landscape, young people are ‘acting out’ through social media and sexting, putting their bodies on display for attention and judgement.

Drawing from current global literature on the subject, as well as the experiences of young people themselves, Melinda will explore with us how the proliferation of sexualized images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people, hampering their healthy physical emotional and social development.

How can we address this toxic culture and raise happy, healthy and resilient young people who value their dignity and self-worth and aspire to relationships based on respect and authentic connection?



Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist


Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualization, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. She serves as ambassador for World Vision Australia.

Melinda is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray) and her new release (Spinifex Press, co-edited with Dr Caroline Norma) Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade. She has recently been appointed Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney



6:30p – 7:00  Registration & Networking

7:00 – 8:00  Main Presentation: Too Much Too Young

8:00 – 8:10  Break

8:10 – 9:00  Panel Discussion with Local Experts (TBA)



Is there a discount for members of Child’s World America?

Yes. Members of CWA may register for this event at $10 a ticket. If you are a member and did not receive your promotional code via email, please contact Michael Clark at mclark@cwamerica.org.


Where do I enter the event space?

The enterance to the event is located on the back side of Arch Street Presbyterian Church via Comcast Plaza.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public transportation is available. Parking is available on the street or nearby garages.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions about this event, please contact Michael Clark at mclark@cwamerica.org.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds for advanced registration may be requested within Eventbrite up to 1 day prior of the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, printed tickets are not required. You will be asked to check-in at the registration desk.

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Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

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Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

For our tracking and marketing purposes we do ask that the registration information provided matches the person attending.


Arch Street Presbyterian Church
1724 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States


Greater Philadelphia Area
Registration Required