Today’s New York Times features an article in the Motherlode blog that refers to my work, along with that of esteemed colleagues Peggy Orenstein and Cheryl Kilodavis. Intelligent feminist Emily Rosenbaum wrote a thoughtful, honest piece called Loving Pink for Boys, Hating it for Girls , and I wanted to share my brief comments on the article with you:
Thanks for writing such a thought-provoking article, and for the mention of my Star Wars girl. I actually take a more moderate line than some people may realize. Although I strongly support the right of girls to like "boy stuff" and the right of boys to like "girly stuff", I am very much in support of my daughters also liking pink, if they choose to do so in a healthy environment.
I don't mind princesses, as long as they aren't sexualized (like the Bratz dolls, for example- NO to those). The key is that kids must have psychological access* to both "girly toys" and "boy toys."
Several months ago, I wrote an article for my blog that the Minnesota Women's Press republished called Pink Is Not the Enemy; Stereotypes Are, and I think you will find it to be an interesting read!
*To see a longer explanation of what I mean by psychological access, please read Pink Is Not the Enemy. Stereotypes Are. No sense in reinventing the wheel!