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School's Out: What *Does* a Feminist Look Like? Teaching Boys About Feminism

My position right now is that it’s crucial that as we work to produce ourselves and others as people with critical consciousness—especially in schools, and not just in Women’s and Gender Studies classes—and that a feminist consciousness is a vital part of that for people of all genders... Read more »

School's Out: Looks Ain't Everything, But it Ain't Wrong to Look

If I could time travel without, like, disrupting the space-time continuum, one of the many things I would tell a younger me would be that: It’s not the interest in appearance that’s wrong, it’s how you do it. Fascination with the visual is something as broad as the history of... Read more »

School's Out: Gender Bending and Gender Blending

We’re elaborately taught how to relate to ourselves as gendered beings. It’s been a long time that people have been building on the critical observation that there’s no natural connection between pink/girl or boy/blue, yet kids continue... Read more »

School's Out: The (Queer) Sleepover Dilemma

For a lot of people, the idea of a sleepover conjures an image of wholesome youthful fun. In a culture that assumes that close friendships are usually same-sex, these occasions represent something platonic. At the same time, from an early age, a disproportionate degree of social anxiety and moral... Read more »

School's Out: Tonight, on a Very Special Episode...

So I was watching Glee the other night, waiting desperately to see if Brittany and Santana would show some sign that they were still together. As I tried to peer into the minds of Glee’s creators and discover their subversive intent in having the lesbian character Santana... Read more »

Childhood Obesity Campaign Still Bullying Fat Kids

You may have seen these ads last week from Atlanta’s Strong4Life Campaign, which attempt to let kids (and their parents) know that they are fat and shame/scare/bully... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Now it

My goal in writing this series was to delve into the intersections of feminism, parenting and pop culture, and I did my best to tackle as many topics as possible in my eight weeks here. (Although of course, I’m still left staring at a laundry list of things I wanted to write about…... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Lessons Learned From Free to Be... You and Me

The lessons shared in Free to Be… You and Me are not only timeless, they are also incredibly essential to remember in today’s world. When we have young boys being targeted by... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Viral Videos

We’re (not so) slowly creating a new social contract where oversharing has become de rigueur. Blame it on the popularity of reality TV or the easy access the Internet provides—either way, we’re currently at a place where a video... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Gender is NOT a Genre

With gender stereotypes pervading our TVs, movies, toys, clothes, etc., can’t we just have kids’ books without adding more labels? Read more »

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House Proud : The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the...

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