Posts tagged "Pigtail Pals--Redefining Girly"

“Oh My God, Mommy, You Weigh A LOT!”

“Oh My God, Mommy, You Weigh A LOT!”
The first time I met Katie’s birthmother, who is a head taller than I am, she laughed about how different we look.  There would be no doubt that Katie was created outside of my gene pool.   Katie’s birth family has a genetic tendency to be large, and Andrew and I come from families that produce... Read more »

Pretty Won't Earn You Checkmate

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 »

New Girl Scouts Campaign Challenges Girls to Redefine Reality

Girls who regularly watch reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives; they are more likely to believe that being mean and lying will earn you success.  Furthermore, they place higher value on their physical appearance than non-viewers. These are the alarming but unsurprising findings from... Read more »
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Pink Is Not the Enemy. Stereotypes Are.

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 »

The Girl Presidents

The Girl Presidents
The little girls on Katie’s soccer team met for their first practice on Wednesday.   After introductions and giggles and kicking the ball a little, it was time for the team to pick a name.  The girls looked around, excited and eager, trying to find a name that would represent them all equally. The girls are... Read more »

Hey, is this one of those ad things?

Hey, is this one of those ad things?
About four months ago, Katie was eating breakfast, when she told me with delight, “I am losing weight!”  I turned away from the eggs on the stove, alarmed to hear this proclamation from a then-first grader.  She showed me the back of the Special K cereal box she was reading.  Sure enough, in big letters,... Read more »
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