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A unique perspective

Melissa A. Fabello, a 2013 graduate of the master’s in education program in human sexuality at Widener, finds that undergraduate students aren't always given the tools to analyze electronic media messages.

“Our culture is so media saturated, and we don’t know what to do with that information overload,” said Fabello, who spoke at Widener as part of SASSY: Sexual Awareness Says Something to You, a week of events on campus. 

Fabello is community educator for Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in Philadelphia, and is also editor of the online magazine Everyday Feminism.  

“My connection to media literacy is through eating disorder awareness,” Fabello said. She said that while media messages might not cause an eating disorder, they create a culture in which eating disorders thrive.

Of Widener, she said, “The Center for Human Sexuality Studies is a very special place. The first word that comes to mind is ‘community.’ It’s both academically and emotionally fulfilling.”

Widener offers a master’s of education in human sexuality and houses the only doctoral program in human sexuality education at a fully accredited U.S. university.