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What Would Jesus Do?

Dear Christian Family Values Voters, What would Jesus do? It’s a test many Christians, including myself, apply to problems to determine a course of action. I’m writing today concerning health care in America, because I can’t understand…

Gossip Girl & R-A-P-E

by Tracee Sioux I tuned into Gossip Girl to see what it was about. The new definition of glamorous includes editing of a rape scene and an act of consensual (yet inappropriate drunken sex) with the intent to blur the distinction. The viewer…

Ainsley, Perfect You

Please steal this idea for your daughter's Christmas or birthday. I felt with all the negative media images my daughter had to face I wanted to arm her with a really, really good one. I wrote her a book, about herself, for her 5th birthday…

Dear Mrs. Franklin,

Dear Mrs. Franklin, I would love to be the Room Mother for Ainsley's class as I know you could use all the support you can get. Unfortunately, I've already committed to coaching the soccer team, volunteering at the youth outreach, mentoring…

Dating Violence

by Tracee Sioux In Texas, almost 188,000 incidents of domestic violence occurred during 2005, and more than 330,000 rapes occur every year, according to Gov. Rick Perry's office. But it always starts with the girls and boys. Intimate violence…

Genderizing Infants

by Tracee Sioux Which of these babies is a boy and which is a girl? Before I had children I thought it would be easy enough to avoid genderizing my babies. Numerous studies provide evidence that baby boys and baby girls are treated in a vastly…

See That One Girl?

This is the company photo for WordPress.com. See that one woman among all the men? This is 2007 and we talk a lot about all the opportunities available to women, but this is a current photo not a flashback to the 1970s. What do we say to…
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Shrek the Third, Princess Confrontation

We took our kids and my mentee to see Shrek the Third (Widescreen Edition). I was thrilled to expose the girls to the scene where the Disney Princesses, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, deliberately nod off to sleep to "wait to be…
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Ugly Betty Beauty

by Tracee Sioux The beautiful America Ferrera won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series last night for her role as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty. Hurray! While my husband believes the themes in Ugly Betty are too adult for…
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"A" Is For . . .

by Tracee Sioux My daughter was reciting all the things about "A" she had learned her first week in Kindergarten. A is for alligator, apple tree, astronaut, Ainsley. Then she handed the phone back to me. Well, when she was reciting…
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APA Reports Sexualization of Girls Devastating

by Tracee Sioux The American Psychological Association has published a Report of the APA Task force on the Sexualization of Girls. This 74-page report should be required reading for every mother, mentor, and educator. It contains a multitude…
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Human Biology & Girls' Rights

by Tracee Sioux The absurdity of abstinence-only "education" and I do use the term education loosely, confounds me. It's so blatantly anti-girl. The logic is so extremely flawed. The practice is entirely ineffective in preventing big social…