A few days ago I met Girl With A Satchel Erica Bartle. We caught up in a cafe at a music festival in Queensland, where I introduced her to the wonders of reggae/soul/rock band San Salvador (their version of ‘Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone’ is to die for) and rifled her brain for blogging success tips. Blogging for three years and only 29, Erica’s made it an art form.
While I don’t envy the hours she spends reading and dissecting glossy womens’ magazines – she just wrote that reading the latest issue of Grazia left her with “body battle wounds” - this girl knows how to put words together. And while her site is stuffed full of pretty things and mine…well….isn’t, we found we had some common interests. We also half joked about about how I could help her become more hardcore and she could help me be nicer (good luck honey).
Here’s her take on the lad’s mag debate, sexualisation and my book Getting Real: Challenging the sexualisation of girls. I love how she’s called Collective Shout an “agitator group”. An extract:
…All the research would suggest that premature sexualisation leads to complications in later life. Tankard Reist’s most recent book, Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, presents 15 compelling essays to awaken our consciousness, challenge our thinking and take action in this regard. She has also set up Collective Shout, an agitator group designed to expose advertisers, marketers and media that objectify women and sexualise children to sell products and services… >more