This list is by no means comprehensive. Many of the organizations listed have their own resource lists and other materials. I am only listing books that might not be obvious choices and that have been of particular importance to me. It is easy to find books on the various topics below these days and there are too many to include here.

You may reproduce this document freely, without alteration and with full credit to Jean Kilbourne.

Our society is today cultivating single vision, and the desensitization and the dehumanization that we feel all around us is a kind of sleep or death of awareness and conscience. We must revive in people a habit of double vision that can identify myths and values underlying society and can evaluate them from a perspective that transcends the limitations of that society.
– William Fore

Adolescents, Children, & Parents

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.
 – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls Report, American Psychological Association, 2007.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

Center on Media and Child Health

Common Sense Media

Culture Reframed (

Fairplay (

Girls, Inc.

Kids in the House (A website featuring parenting experts, including Jean Kilbourne.)

New Moon Girls: An online community and magazine for girls and their dreams. (For and mostly by girls ages 8 to 12.)

Shaping Youth (Mission is to shift negative influences of pop culture to a healthier world view for kids)

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Levin, Diane E. and Kilbourne, Jean. New York: Random House, 2009.

Advertising and Corporate Power

What the whole community comes to believe in grasps the individual as in a vise.
– William James

Advertising and the End of the World. (A film by Sut Jhally.)

Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel. Kilbourne, Jean. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. (Originally published by the FreePress in 1999 as Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising.)

Conscious Capitalism

Corporate Accountability International. (Protecting people around the world from irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions.)

Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol & Tobacco. (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture).

Feminist Perspectives on Advertising. Golombisky,Kim, ed. New York: Lexington Books, 2019. Foreword by Jean Kilbourne.

Katie Martell (

The 3% Movement (

Ways of Seeing. Berger, John. New York: Viking Press, 1973.

Ad Archives

About Face

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

Gender Ads

Beauty and Body Image

Only when you make things unnatural, do you have any chance of changing or intervening into the social process of advertisements. We must make what is invisible, visible, so we have a choice to make about how we want to participate in the world we inhabit.
--Erving Goffman

AnyBody (Giving women a voice to challenge images of women.)

Beauty Redefined (

Body Positive

Endangered Bodies

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture.)

Miss Representation (film)

Real Women Project

Slim Hopes: Advertising & the Obsession with Thinness (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture.)

Stop the Beauty Madness

True Body Project (A journal and film created by teenage girls.)

Eating-Related Issues

It is in great part the anxiety of being a woman that devastates the feminine body.
– Simone de Beauvoir

Action for Healthy Kids

ANAD - National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (Canada)

NEDA - National Eating Disorders Association (A comprehensive list of resources is available on the website.)

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health

Gender, Race, & Images in the Media

The values that have been labeled “feminine” – love, compassion, cooperation, patience – are very badly needed in giving birth to and nurturing a new era of greater peace and justice in human society. It would be unfortunate if they were forsaken by women because they seem dysfunctional to competition in a “masculine” world. Now, more than ever, these are the values that need to be asserted by men and women in creating a new world order.
--Patricia Mische

About Face

Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel. Kilbourne, Jean. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

The Colonizer and the Colonized. Memmi, Albert. Boston: Beacon Press, 1965.

Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done. Douglas, Susan. J. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2010.

HeForShe (

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture)

Media Watch

Men Can Stop Rape

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Organization for Men Against Sexism

National Organization for Women

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

National Women’s Hall of Fame (

National Women’s Health Network

Privilege Through the Looking Glass. Patricia Leavy. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2017. (Includes a chapter by Jean Kilbourne)

Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers (Fourth Edition). Lind, Rebecca Ann (ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2019. (Includes a chapter by Jean Kilbourne.)

Representation Project (

Tough Guise: Media Images and the Crisis in Masculinity. (A film by Jackson Katz)

Veteran Feminists of America (

Wellesley Centers for Women

White Ribbon Campaign

WIMN (Women in Media and News). (A media analysis, training and advocacy organization. Offers female sources to reporters, speakers on women in the media, and a listserve on media analysis and reform.)

Women’s Foundation (

Government Action and Agencies

It seems to me that the cultural and economic liberation of women is inseparable from the creation of a society in which all people no longer have their lives stolen from them, and in which the conditions of their production and reproduction will no longer be distorted or held back by the subordination of sex, race, or class.
–Sheila Rowbotham

Send e-mails to the President ( and your Congressional representatives ( Get your representatives’ voting records from the Center for National Independence in Politics (

Center for National Independence in Politics

Children’s Defense Fund

Common Cause

Emily’s List (A political network for electing women.)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Independent Publications

The enemy of truth is not the lie, but the persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic myth.
– John F. Kennedy

AdBusters Quarterly


ColorLines: Race Culture Action (Magazine on race, culture, and organizing.)

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Institute for Public Accuracy

Media Ethics

Media Matters for America

The Nation

The Progressive

Project Censored (For facts of all kinds.)

Voice Male Magazine

Who Makes the News?

Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures

Independent Publications, Especially for Girls and Women

The most valuable educational experience a woman can have is one which teaches her to identify and analyze – and resist – the conditions in which she lives, the morality she has been taught, the false images of herself received from high art as well as cheap pornography, classic poetry as well as TV commercials.
– Adrienne Rich

Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture

the f word (Monthly feminist publication from the UK.)

Guerrilla Girls

Herizons (Canadian magazine with international and feminist views.)

Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) (An organization for female journalists.)


Media Report to Women

Ms. Magazine

New Moon Girls: An online community and magazine for girls and their dreams (For and mostly by girls ages 8 to 12.)

On the Issues

SheSource (An online resource of expert women ready to enrich the public debate.)

Women’s eNews

Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press

Independent TV, Radio, & Film

The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.
–Eleanor Roosevelt

California Newsreel

Democracy Now!

Free Speech TV

Media Education Foundation ( (Films and videos on the media and social issues)

National Radio Project

New Day Films

On the Media

Prometheus Radio Project

WINGS (Women’s International News Gathering Service)

Women Make Movies

Media Advocacy

In a democratic society we ought to have the widest possible discussion about the hazards that affect people. Advertising is a powerful deterrent to that free and unimpeded discussion.
– Dan Beauchamp

Berkeley Media Studies Group


Center for Digital Democracy

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Media Justice

FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now)

Fairplay (

Fair Use Network

Women in Media and News (WIMN)

Media Concentration and Ownership

For the first time in human history, most of the stories about people, life, and values are told not by parents, churches or others in the community who have something to tell, but by a group of distant conglomerates that have something to sell.
–George Gerbner

Free Press (Works to involve the public in media policy making and to craft policies for more democratic media.)

Media Action Center

Media Alliance

Media Owners (Who owns the American media.)

Who Makes the News

Media Literacy

The most potent weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
–Steve Biko

Ask the Mediatrician (Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health.)

Association for Media Literacy, Canada

Center for Media Literacy (Current resources as well as an extensive archive.)

Citizens for Media Literacy

Commercial Alert

Consortium for Media Literacy (Addresses the role of global media through the advocacy, research and design of media literacy education for youth, educators and parents)

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Global Action Project: Youth Make Media

Media Girls (

National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Project Look Sharp (Provides materials, training and support for teachers and evaluates media literacy programs. Free classroom-ready media literacy curriculum kits for social studies and other subjects.)

The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy. Hobbs, Renee and Mihailidis, Paul, eds. Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019.

Welcome2Reality (

Media Literacy Now

Peace and Social Justice

It is not hope that gets people engaged in struggle. It is being engaged in struggle that gives people hope.
– Cornel West and Roberto Unger

Center for Gender and Justice

Center for Partnership Studies

MADRE (International Women’s Human Rights organization.)

United for Peace and Justice

Violence Policy Center (Provides policy analysis on gun violence.)

Women’s Action for New Directions

Public Health and Prevention

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
--Frederick Douglass

Alcohol Justice (“Talk Back” service generates letters to alcohol advertisers.)

Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud (

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Center on Alcohol Marketing to Youth (CAMY)

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence 

EducateUS: Siecus in Action ( (A movement to transform U.S. sex education)

International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Our Bodies Ourselves

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) (Original research on public health problems and solutions.)

Planned Parenthood

Prevention Institute (Primary prevention of gender-related violence.)

Prevention Research Institute (Prime for Life, training programs for parents, teachers, addiction professionals, and students.)

Responsible Purchasing Network (Dedicated to improving human health and the environment through best practices, superior products and networking.)

 Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol. (A film about drinking on college campuses by Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne.)

Trinkets & Trash Services (An archive of tobacco products and tobacco industry marketing materials.)

Recovery from Addictions

To end our pervasive obsession with drugs requires nothing less than the transformation of American society. We need to reorient our values and priorities so that we value and invest in our most precious resource: people.
– R. Richard Banks

A Woman’s Way Through the 12 Steps Covington, Stephanie. (Book and workbook available along with many other resources.)

Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)

She’s in Recovery (An online community for women in recovery.)

Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America. White, William L. Bloomington, IL: Chestnut Health Systems, 1998.

National Organizations for Recovering from Addictions
(with local chapters listed online):


Alcoholics Anonymous

Debtors Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

Overeaters Anymous

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi