Posts in category "Katie the Star Wars girl"

Little Girls Who Are Bullied For Liking Star Wars Feel the Light Side of the Force: Sisterhood of the Traveling Armor

I’m sitting here on the couch in my pajamas.  My daughter, Katie the Star Wars girl, is on my phone chatting with Layla Murphy. Layla is the little girl who made news this week when Star Wars fans rallied around her after she was bullied at her new school for wearing an R2-D2 jacket and... Read more »

Bullied Wins Another Award! Just in Time for San Diego Comic-Con’s First Anti-Bullying Panel!

Bullied Wins Another Award! Just in Time for San Diego Comic-Con’s First Anti-Bullying Panel!
Score one for the good guys. For all those fascinated by the endless variations in the epic fight of good versus evil, Comic-Con is a story-lover’s dream.  There is no limit to the interpretations of baddies versus goodies. This year, Comic-Con will take the abstraction a step further – in addition to exploring the struggles... Read more »

San Diego Comic-Con to feature Anti-Bullying Panel!

San Diego Comic-Con to feature Anti-Bullying Panel!
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON END BULLYING! RESPONDING TO CRUELTY IN OUR CULTURE Sunday, 7/21/13, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4 NOH8 makes its first-ever Comic-Con appearance,... Read more »
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Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper? Star Wars fans worldwide join to build a Halloween costume for one lucky little girl.

Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?  Star Wars fans worldwide join to build a Halloween costume for one lucky little girl.
In November of 2010, the international community of Star Wars fans rallied to defend my first-grade daughter Katie, who was being taunted by the boys at school because she was a girl who loved Star Wars, which was apparently “only for boys.” The support was instant and effusive, and Katie quickly regained her confidence as... Read more »

Miami News Station Local 10 Called Out for Cyberbullying the Star Wars Fans

I awoke this morning to a slew of private messages on my Facebook page, all from members of the incredible charitable organization, The 501st Legion.  Apparently, a number of news stations were running a cruel photo gallery with pictures of fans from a recent Star Wars convention, and each photo was paired with a mean,... Read more »

Star Wars Celebration VI - the MOST Fun Part of the Bullied Book Tour!!!

Great costumes everywhere
What a pleasure it was to attend Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando!  I was only able to be there on Thursday, but it was long enough to see that the event was a huge success. The costumes were stunning; the attendees were enthusiastic, and the Force was everywhere. I spoke on a panel with... Read more »
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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 »

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day
Last year, when first-grader Katie Goldman was taunted for being a girl who loved Star Wars, the Internet held a day of support for her and all the little geek girls who have had similar experiences. Katie’s own school marked the day by calling it “Proud To Be Me Day”, where all children were invited... Read more »

Afraid of Being Left Behind

Afraid of Being Left Behind
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents.  Painful... Read more »
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Do you use either of these phrases? Think before you speak.

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it can’t happen soon enough, given the recent bullying-related suicides in our country.  Most people are not bullies, but even the kindest among us can inadvertently hurt others. Bullying is directly tied to cultural attitudes about what is acceptable and what is not.  There are a number of words... Read more »