The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence.
Edited by: Deron Boyles
Peter Lang Publishers, 2008
Chapter 6: “Packaging Youth and Selling Tomorrow: Deconstructing the Myths of Marketalkracy”
by: Carly Stasko & Trevor Norris
The Corporate Assault on Youth examines childhood as a social construction increasingly influenced by corporations and commercialism. Through case studies, critical analysis, and historical/philosophical research, the essays collected here expose the degree to which children are unwitting targets of marketing. With topics ranging from the presence of media branding in schools and school supplies to the subtler ways in which the public education system is influenced by corporate ideologies and purposes, this book draws much-needed attention to how educators, administrators, policymakers, parents, and children can become aware of, and counterbalance, the effects of the commercialism that is overwhelming students’ understanding of the world and their place within it.
“(r)Evolutionary Healing: Jamming with Culture and Shifting the Power”
by: Carly Stasko
This collection provides an interdisciplinary examination of young women’s multilayered lives. Contributors from fields such as education, gender and cultural studies, sociology, psychology and politics – as well as young women themselves – wrestle with both subculture theory and feminism as they attempt to understand contemporary strategies for connection and social action. They also offer insights into an understanding of how today’s young women conceive of their relationships and networks with other young women in the absence of older style feminist frameworks; and what their experiences can offer for the development of more relevant explanations of youths’ social and political identities and cultures.
Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks
Editor: Emily Pohl-Weary
Sumach Press, 2004
“How to Be Your Own Superhero: A Chronicle of Experimentation And Fascination”
by: Carly Stasko
Taking on the bombshell spies, slayers, witches and assassins who are fighting their way into movies and television shows everywhere, Girls Who Bite Back examines what these new role models for young women are really about. Other contributors include: Superheroes like Sonja Ahlers, Hiromi Goto, Carly Stasko, Sophie Levy, Daniel Heath-Justice, Nalo Hopkinson, Shary Boyle, Zoe Whittall, Larissa Lai.
Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms
Edited by: Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell, Lisa B. Rundle
Sumach Press, 2001
“Action Girls in the Dream Machine”
by: Carly Stasko
Turbo Chicks is an energetic collection of prose, poetry, theoretical explorations, zines and photo essays. The contributors come from all walks of life, different ages and experiences, sexual orientations, social and cultural backgrounds. Together their pieces build a conversation that is vital to hear. They present issues that feminists struggle with everywhere: how to put convictions into practice, how to talk about race, class, education, ability, sexuality and the privileging of voice. Each contributor identifies ten people who have influenced her and provides her own definition of feminism that broadens the dialogue.
Cathy’s story on the CBC radio Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO) March 2012
Cathy Stasko grew up knowing that she was adopted. At one point, about 30 years ago, after Cathy had a daughter of her own, she set out to look for her birth mom. An agency tracked her down… and told Cathy that her mother was happy to know that she was well, but couldn’t be in contact with her. So Cathy didn’t get the reunion she was hoping for, but years later, she did get something else…
DNTO has kicked off a new season with a very “moving” episode of DNTO, as we look into the fine art of packing up and moving. Why is moving such a moving experience? Jump in the truck and hitch a ride as we find out…
Years ago, Carly Stasko wrote an essay on how to be your own superhero for a feminist book anthology. And when Carly went on the book tour, she brought a big tickle-trunk of costumes and gave superhero makeovers to people in each city. Years later, Carly found another way to put her costume to good use… when she became a costumed hero to a friend in need.