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   Dads & Daughters® Update 
  May 11, 2006



…she has a mother. So celebrate her mother and/or stepmother this Sunday on Mother’s Day. And celebrate her every day that you value the wonderful experience of being a dad. Come to think of it, that’s every day—including today!

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In G-rated films, males are half as likely as females to be parents, half as likely to be married or in a relationship, and much more likely to be violent. Male characters of color are portrayed even more negatively.

Those are some key findings from “G Movies Give Boys a D: Portraying Males as Disconnected, Dominant and Dangerous,” the new report from Dads & Daughters’ See Jane program, released May 3 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

“This narrow portrayal of males is especially troubling given society’s struggle with divorce, father absence, violence, and the shortage of initiatives to adequately prepare boys and young men for the opportunities and responsibilities of manhood,” according to DADs President Joe Kelly.

Academy Award® winner and See Jane Founder Geena Davis says, “I believe that this report will help inspire Hollywood to provide characters and stories that more reliably reflect the world our children live in.”

Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and consultant to The Cosby Show, says, “The early exposure of children to less stereotyped gender roles will contribute to less sexism and improved relationships between the sexes, as well as a balanced approach in rearing male and female children.”

This is the second report stemming from See Jane-sponsored research, the most comprehensive content analysis of G-rated movies ever conducted. Read the entire “G Movies Give Boys a D” report at www.SeeJane.org.

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DADs supporter Gary Burns has developed one of the best products for fathers and daughters that we’ve ever seen. “The Communication Game: Dads & Daughters Edition” includes fun game cards to trigger hours of fascinating, enjoyable, and open-ended conversation.

Here's how it works:

Dad picks up a card and reads it—for example, one card says, "I'll never forget the time you..." Dad then fills in the blank with his answer and tells why he answered the way he did. Then daughter picks up the next card, which might read, “My favorite memory is…” and gives her response, and so forth. The cards act as talking points that inspire dialogue, especially during those tough teen years.

You can get your own Communication Game and help support Dads & Daughters at the same time.

Visit http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000CQXHP2/ref=sr_11_1/104-9108030-9625528?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance to order your copy today.

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Celebrate Turn Beauty Inside Out Day with us on Wednesday, May 17. TBIO promotes healthy body image and expands the definition of what makes people beautiful! Find out more about TBIO Day and the 2006 TBIO Girls Leadership Retreat in New York City, June 21-24, 2006 at www.tbio.org.

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“It’s been a long time since I read a book that moved me this much,” according to DADs co-founder Joe Kelly. He’s talking about USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan’s memoir “Best Seat in the House: A Father, a Daughter, a Journey Through Sports.”

“Anyone who doubts the profound impact of a dad or stepdad on his daughter, or of her impact on him, should read this book,” Kelly says. “So should everyone who values and celebrates the power of father-daughter relationships.”

You may purchase “Best Seat in the House” at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743254368/sr=8-1/qid=1147375598/ref=sr_1_1/104-4486978-6255922?%5Fencoding=UTF8 .

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Although teen pregnancy and sexual activity is declining in the US, one-third of sexually active teen girls will become pregnant, according to a new report from the National Campaign to Prevent Pregnancy. NCPP analyzed 2002 data compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study found that 52 percent of sexually active teenage Latinas get pregnant, compared to 40 percent of sexually active black teenage girls and 23 percent of sexually active white teenage girls.

Read a Chicago Sun-Times story on the report at www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-teen03.html.

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Thirty-eight (38%) percent of fathers say they do just as much child rearing as their child's mother, according to a new poll by InteractiveDad.com, while nearly 14 percent say they actually do more than mom.

"I think many dads now know what moms figured out years ago," says InteractiveDad.com editor Glenn Lawrence. "You get back from your child much more than you give. And investing in your child pays dividends big time--in love and a bonding relationship that for years had exclusively been between children and their mothers."

However, in most households, it is Mom, not Dad, who wakes up in the middle of the night to care for a crying baby, the poll shows. A whopping 60 percent of dads admit that while they sleep, mom rolls out of bed to comfort children in the wee hours of the night; 38 percent of dads say they get up.

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Arizona Fathers & Families Coalition wants you to "save the date" of June 28, 2006 for their Southwestern Regional Fatherhood & Families Institute at the United Way complex in Tucson. For more information, email info@azffc.orgjrodriguez@azffc.org , or call at 800-603-9309.

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State and national surveys indicate that lesbian and gay teens have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide than their heterosexual peers. But more help is being made available, geared especially towards the needs of this group. The wonderful online newsletter Connect for Kids features one of those efforts, The Trevor Project, at www.connectforkids.org/node/4120.

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On May 1, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (of which DADs is a member) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby, two of the leading producers of videos for infants and toddlers, claiming false and deceptive advertising. The complaint charges that these companies violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by marketing their videos as educational for babies. CCFC is asking the FTC to prohibit Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby from making claims about the educational and developmental benefits of their videos and require that advertisements, packaging and websites for all baby videos prominently display the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation of no screen time for children under age two.

The complaint and supporting documents are available at

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Girls today are growing up in a world where only two percent of women describe themselves as beautiful. That’s why former teen model and teen magazine editor Audrey Brashich wrote the new book “All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty.” Law & Order actress Mariska Hargitay says the book “puts fame, glamour and beauty in perspective while encouraging girls to feel good about themselves exactly as they are.

Order a copy at www.newmooncatalog.com/prodinfo.asp?number=B00-X19

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Men teach boys how to hit a baseball, hit the net, hit the receiver, and much more. But are we taking time to teach boys that violence against women and girls is wrong? The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), the Waitt Institute and the Ad Council have a new 30-second public service advertisement (PSA) that invites men to do just that, as part of the Coaching Boys Into Men campaign.

The effort is working. A study by Millward Brown, Inc. and RMA, Inc. found a significant increase in the proportion of men who spoke to boys about violence. Twenty-nine percent said they had done so in November of 2001, before Coaching Boys Into Men launched, and 41 percent had done so in February of last year. You can watch the new English-language PSA at www.endabuse.org/cbim/.

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Remember: Teach your daughter a joke today!
Dads & Daughters is the national advocacy nonprofit for fathers and daughters that works to make the world safe and fair for our daughters. DADs is a registered Minnesota and IRS 501(c) 3 nonprofit. We’re at 2 W. First St., Suite 101, Duluth, MN 55802 USA. 1-218-722-3942. Update copyright 2005. Please reprint, but always acknowledge the source & website: www.dadsanddaughters.org.

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