Posts in category "gender-based toy marketing"

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too
On Friday, December 19, 2014, we invite you to celebrate the fifth annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying. Here’s how you can celebrate: Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related on December 19. Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a... Read more »

Jacob's New Dress Fits Just Right

Jacob's New Dress Fits Just Right
What do we do when our child wants to do something that much of society deems unacceptable, yet the action is not harmful to anyone else?  How do we best support and protect our child?  This is the crux of the issue raised in Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s groundbreaking new children’s book, Jacob’s New Dress.... Read more »

Photo Contest Winners from Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2013

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated in the Fourth Annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2013, an event to celebrate antibullying and geek pride while also donating a toy to a child in need! I asked people to send me their photos from the day, with the promise that I would... Read more »
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Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger. It’s not true, and here is why.

Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger.  It’s not true, and here is why.
Human beings are hard-wired to belong.  We are social beings and we derive happiness from positive interactions with other living creatures, especially people.  What happens when we are rejected?  We experience very real psychological and physical symptoms of pain, such as anxiety, depression, stomach aches, sleeplessness, headaches and panic attacks. I have noticed a continuing... Read more »

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!
It is my delight to announce that my nonfiction book Bullied has been named a Gold Medal Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards.  This is the highest honor they give out, and it brings great joy to me. Bullied is a book that can be used by a wide variety of people with varying... Read more »

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library
Tonight I will be hosting a discussion about bullying and social conflict at Evanston Public Library’s Main Branch.  Topics to be covered include: Hidden influences on bullying in our culture (including reality-based TV and media) Recognizing when social “drama” is actually bullying The differences between normal social conflict with your friends and true bullying. The... Read more »
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If You Give A Girl A Hammer . . .

On Sunday, Annie Rose was feeling restless.  Due to a broken leg that is still casted, she was unable to go stomping in the rain with her two sisters.   She had watched a movie and was now scooting around the house, trying to find an activity. My husband was puttering around in the living room,... Read more »

The Challenges of Raising a Well-Rounded Boy - Guest Post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan

The Challenges of Raising a Well-Rounded Boy - Guest Post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan
The Challenges of Raising a Well-Founded Boy, guest post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan As a woman and a mother of a 3.5 year-old-boy, sometimes the prospect of raising him to be well-rounded feels…well, daunting.  Gender stereotypes and even bullying start to emerge at such an early age, and I’m left wondering, how will I do... Read more »

Response to intriguing NYT blog on toys and gender

Response to intriguing NYT blog on toys and gender
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... Read more »
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Dear Lego, I Have A Girl

Dear Lego, I hear you have created some new Ladyfigs for girls.  The slimmed down, “attractive” Ladyfigs can play in pre-created scenes such as at a café or beach. There is an awesome one called “Olivia’s Inventor’s Workshop,” where Olivia does chemistry, robotics and complex math, but the truth is that the vast majority of... Read more »