summitlogoSPARK Research! Blogs


In order to ensure that the SPARK mission has always been grounded in empirical research, we launched a monthly Research Blog in 2011. A lot of time, research done in universities is not accessible to people—either the articles are super expensive or written in a way that is hard to understand. SPARK Research! Blogs make it possible for anyone to learn about the latest research.

In each blog, we report on one new groundbreaking study about sexualization, body image, or other related topics, and we “translate” that research for general audience, especially for young people. Each blogger brings her own perspective and experience to the research she is explaining to show how research questions and research findings come from and have implications in the real world.

There is a growing archive of many blogs that you can use to support your cause, understand how sexualization and other ways that we are made to feel vulnerable, uncomfortable or STRONG in our bodies, and make changes in your school, community, online and on the ground. The blogs explain the background, methods, and results of the study, a personal and relatable tone, which helps bring the research alive and make it relevant to girls’ and young people’s lives. Our blogging team has grown from our sole initial blogger, Christin Bowman, to include Steph Anderson, Jennifer Chmielewski, Kim Belmonte, Marisa Ragonese, and Allison Cabana, graduate students in Critical Social Psychology and members of the SexGenLab@CUNY.