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Why Diversity of Experience, Race and Gender Norms in Children's Books Matters

This month was a doozy. After returning the Latvian kids to Latvia, depositing my first born at USC, and getting my second born settled in high school, a bout of strep, redecorating two bedrooms, a book launch, the demands of my full-time job, and a successful school supply drive, I finally had the chance to catch up... Read more »

How Girls and Women Can Work Together to Create Something Amazing

Something incredible happened when I began actively fighting my daughter’s school dress code policy. Local women came out of the woodwork. There was the brave journalist who included my letter to the principal in her article, the feminist author who contacted me to ask how she could help, a gender studies professor with her own... Read more »

Is it Slut-shaming or is it A School Dress Code?

In the past five years, we have been blitzed with stories about schools whose efforts to tamp down adolescent sexuality through the enforcement of dress code guidelines end in embarrassing news fodder.  Take the tale of Miranda Larkin who, in her first week at her new high school, was forced to wear a “shame suit”... Read more »
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The Truth: School Dress Codes Promote Rape Culture

Between the bodyshaming series and two rejections from feminist publishers, I’ve been a bit weighed down. I think I was afraid to return to writing in this space because all of the stories that women bravely shared became a looming, black forrest of truth. As someone who finds it almost impossible to lie, (with many... Read more »

The Last Day of Not for Ourselves Alone's Bodyshaming Series: A Teen Deconstructs Her Appearance

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Today, I share the final post in Not for Ourselves Alone‘s 30 Days of Bodyshaming. This was a pilot project, an attempt to bring about a deeper understanding of the plight of girls and women as we make our way in world that, for us, is hostile at its best and violent at its worst. The end result... Read more »

The Backlash for Being Honest About Child Molestation

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a nutritionist, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories... Read more »
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During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a nutritionist, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories... Read more »

It's Fine, It's OK

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories are presented... Read more »

The Real Story Behind BMI (Blame My Image) Testing

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a nutritionist, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories... Read more »
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Dirty Laundry in Chicago

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “Not for Ourselves Alone” is running a special series called 30 Days of Bodyshaming, designed to give a voice to the many different experiences of girls and women. This series will feature guest posts by professors, writers, a nutritionist, a cartoonist, young girls, and mothers. Gut wrenching and honest, these stories... Read more »
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    Juliet C. Bond is a writer and professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Her first book, "Sam’s Sister," was published in 2005, and has sold over 50,000 copies. She went on to collaborate with Newberry winner Joyce Sidman to publish the stage adaptation of "This is Just to Say." Juliet’s shorter works can be found in "The Prairie Wind," at storystudiochicago.com and citymusecountrymuse.com. Juliet serves as the Welcome Coordinator for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Illinois, and has had the pleasure of working under the tutelage of award winning authors including; Jane Yolen, Jane Hamilton, Laurie Lawlor and Audrey Niffinegger. She chose the name for this space as an homage to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony whose hard work on gender equality serve as daily motivation to continue fighting for girls and women everywhere.

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