Women Warriors on Horseback: How Xena and Mulan Retell Mythology

There are all kinds of women warriors in pop culture: The Wonder Woman Amazon, the Black Widow martial arts expert, the Lara Croft tough-as-nails adventurer. And then there’s the including equestrian heroines, like Xena... Read more »

How My Little Pony and Barbie Market to Horse-Loving Girls

Many young girls are horse-crazy, and advertisers have tapped into this attraction to sell everything from toys to cartoons to bedroom sets. But how do they manage to appeal to rough and tumble tomboys and girlie-girls alike? And where to these ads fit among the feminine stereotypes being sold to... Read more »

My Emcee Battle Against the Disney Princesses

Before I became a mom at the age of 41, I was many things, including a hip-hop artist.  Mostly, I did hip-hop theater, a solo show about fighting sexism in music.  But I also rocked many a mic in the club.  Little did I know that these skills would come in handy in my new battle... Read more »

Rewatching 1991's "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," the Film About Femininity and Diving Horses

Based on a true story, the 1991 film Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken tells the story of an orphan girl named Sonora (played by Gabrielle... Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Stepsister Scheme

Here are a few key words regarding Jim C. Hines... Read more »

Daddy Issues: Three Men, A Baby, And A Surprisingly Progressive Plot

Three Men and a Baby isn’t the first pop cultural example of a male primary caregiver, but it is arguably the most iconic and definitely one of the most successful. Released in 1987, it was the first Walt Disney Studios production to gross over $100 million domestically, taking $... Read more »

Backlot Bitch: Disney's New Princess Problems

So is Disney’s newly minted Princess Sofia meant to be Latina, or not? And if she is, what does that mean in the context of the Disneyverse? Read more »

Bridal Party: Disney's Got You! Or Does It?

Did you know that Disney does weddings? Of course you did, even if only intuitively. But it goes beyond a simple extravagant wedding at Disneyland, Disney World, or Epcot Center. Disney takes the whole “be a princess on your wedding day” thing all the way, having developed a comprehensive wedding... Read more »

The Five Least (and Most) Princess-y Things About Brave

Though Merida is indeed a teenage princess whose parents want her to live a traditional life and get married, through knowledge, determination, and honest communication with her mother (and some magic—this is a Disney princess movie, after all), she subverts the princess paradigm. Well, sort of. Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: An Interview With Peggy Orenstein

“There is still pressure to do everything, do everything well, and look hot while doing it. And I think that ‘and look hot while doing it’ part, that’s the new piece. It used to be that having it all did not include looking hot… But now it does and it includes it at a really young age.... Read more »