Capitalism Hates a Hand-Me-Down

Old Navy divides even lunch bags into “boys only” and “girls only.”  Until I became a parent almost eight years ago, I had never thought much about gender in children’s clothes and toys.

Good-bye, Fabulous Hologram Dreams of Jem.

When I was 10 in October 1985, “Jem and the Holograms,” an animated half-hour program about an all-girl band, made its debut. I was all about it. Now, almost 30 years later, Jem and the Holograms are staging a comeback, via a new live-action... Read more »

The Hunger Games' Anti-Consumerism Message is No Match for Cover Girl

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film from the Hunger Games adaptation, hits theaters nationwide this month. Given the film’s aggressive and elaborate marketing campaign, it’s pretty hard to miss.  So, when I saw the giant banner featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Here’s all the news we have for you today.  • To draw attention to the Kickstarter campaign funding his new movie, director Spike Lee ... Read more »

The Worst Tooth Fairy You Will Ever See.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood discovered what may be the worst new toy of the year: The Real Tooth Fairies,... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Round Up

Here’s all the news on our radar for today! • We warned you about Rick Perry’s call for a second special session on SB5. After about eight hours of testimony last night, the Texas House... Read more »

LEGOs Could Use a Makeover.

LEGOs are some of the most creative toys around for kids. When I was growing up, I loved mixing together sets and building whole worlds (including assembling a perfect replica of Jurassic Park whose quality... 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 »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here are my picks of the most interesting feminist news of the morning. Enjoy! And add links I missed to the comments.  • An artist removes Barbie’s makeup! [... Read more »

Why Black Dolls Matter

  As a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn't stop to consider why most of her dolls—her American Girl dolls, her Cabbage Patch Kids, her Barbie dolls—were black like her. But black dolls were not common in her upstate New York hometown, whose population remains overwhelmingly... Read more »

On Our Radar: Gendered Toys, Superheros, and Katy Perry

Oh my—yet another week of F-bombs, pink shit, and sexism.  Here’s a roundup of nine of the best posts the Internet had to offer this week.  A rad 13-year-old named McKenna Pope called out Hasbro for its blatant girls-only marketing of the famed Easy Bake Oven.  This piece is... Read more »