Posts in category "Pigtail Pals--Redefining Girly"

How Much Stage Makeup Should Little Girls Wear?

This week, my 6-yr-old daughter skated in her first ice exhibition.  Usually, she insists on doing her own hair and picking her own clothes, so it was a major victory when she agreed to let me comb down her spiky bangs (the result of giving herself a unique haircut two months ago) and smooth her... Read more »

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 »

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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Pretty Won't Earn You Checkmate

I am sitting in a gym that is packed with waiting families.  Moms, dads, sisters, brothers—we are all settled in haphazardly, surrounded by brown bag lunches, newspapers, discarded winter coats and hats and gloves.  Practice chess boards are set up on some of the tables, pieces scattered mid-game. The girls are in the other room,... 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 »

Pink Is Not the Enemy. Stereotypes Are.

There is a growing faction within the girl-empowerment movement that expresses disdain and scorn for all things pink and princess.  Supporters of young girls are increasingly pitting rough and tumble tomboys against tutu-wearing, glitz-loving girly girls. Why can’t girls be both? Pink is not the enemy.  Labels are. To understand how pink has evolved into... Read more »
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It's Not Funny to Call Your Daughter Stupid

It's Not Funny to Call Your Daughter Stupid
If anyone has missed the Great T-shirt event of 2011, here is the ten-second background: J.C. Penney was selling a shirt for girls that said, “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me.”  My full-of-awesome friend and colleague, Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals, was furious about the... Read more »