Task Force

The Full Report for the Division 46 Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music, chaired by Dr. Wright, is now available.

Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music

The Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music, chaired by Dr. Wright, is a Presidential Task Force of Division 46 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Media Psychology & Technology). The Task Force is not only diverse and interdisciplinary but also includes experts in the field from within the United States as well as abroad.

Task Force members include:

Dr. Dillman Carpentier from the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Dr. Lesley-Anne Ey from the School of Education at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia

Dr. Cougar Hall from the Department of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University

Dr. K. Megan Hopper from the School of Communications at Illinois State University

Dr. Wayne Warburton from the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia

Expert consultants to the Task Force include:

Dr. Sarah Coyne from the Department of Family Life at Brigham Young University

Dr. Jennifer Stevens Aubrey from the Department of Communications at the University of Arizona

Dr. L. Monique Ward from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan

Dr. G. Glenn Cupit recently retired from the Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies and School of Education at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia and previous vice-President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media

Task Force Publications

Full Report: Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music. (2018). Washington, DC:
Division 46 (Society for Media Psychology & Technology) of the American
Psychological Association.

“Where My Boys At?” The Need to Examine how Portrayals of Men in Popular Music Impact Male Body Image and Self-Esteem, published in the Winter 2017 issue of The Amplifier Magazine

“Media Smarts”: Examining Online Music Literacy, published in the Spring 2017 issue of The Amplifier Magazine

The Need for Music Literacy Education, published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Amplifier Magazine

Popular Music Media Literacy

Members of the Task Force have started creating popular music media literacy materials. Here is a website for middle-school aged students. More media literacy is in the works.