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Fertile Ground: Where the Girls Are...Not: Gendering Outdoor Play

A recent article in TIME magazine reveals a study that says kids are not getting outside enough. It is the girls who are neglected the most—they’re 16% less likely... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Parent Guides, Part 1

In this post and my next one, I’m taking a look at a selection of four parents’ guides on autism and Asperger syndrome, to see how sex, sexuality, and gender are addressed. This is not a book review, but an overview of how these topics are presented in literature intended for parents of... Read more »

The 99%: Mamas with Money and Parents in Poverty

How much does it actually cost to raise children? You might be thinking about the price of diapers, health insurance, or preschool programs when trying to work out a rough answer.  But don’t forget the... 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: Music Madness

The problem is that while a lot of music (I’m thinking mostly of pop and hip hop here) that’s geared towards teens and adults also appeals to kids, it’s not actually appropriate for them. So what’s a mama (or papa) to do when they want to rock out, but not expose their kids... 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: The Reality of Reality TV Parenting

I understand that reality television has to have some sort of “hook” to get you, the viewer, interested enough to stick around. For the most part, that’s usually drama. Even when shows are about parenting, it’s not the day-to-day rhythm that gets airtime, but rather the sensational,... 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 »

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 »

Mom & Pop Culture: The Princess Paradox

It’s hard to overlook all of the negative aspects that pop up along the princess path, and I knew that I would be very particular regarding exposure and access to princesses if I had a girl. Never in a million years did it cross my mind that I would be trying to navigate the same murky waters... Read more »

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What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »