Petition for Un-Princess Movies

I found a great resource on Packaging Girlhood, inspired by a letter from Linda Holmes (It's good, go read it). We so loved Linda Holmes' letter to Pixar, we decided to support her with a petition. Here it is: Dear Dr. Catmull and Mr. Iger, We…
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"Potty Mouth"

I snagged this little gem from Sit at my table. Really, you should. It's poignant. Simply Abundant. I can relate to this one with my three-and-a-half-year-old who peed on a museum exhibit in Mesa and who manages to eat the candy bribery and…
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Princess Cosmo, the New Love Crack

Hang these faux Disney mags in your preschooler's room to ensure future Cosmo Sales. These realistic covers will ensure desperation for male attention, hatred of mothers, and poor body image pre-puberty. One word: NO! Read the whole…
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Rihanna, You Make Me Feel . . .

Rihanna, 20-year-old music star, was beaten by her famous boyfriend Chris Brown. Evidently, it's happened 4 times before and Rihanna asked the judge NOT order Chris Brown to stay away from her. Since the beating, its been said - and I heard…

Belle - Battered Codependent

By now no one will be surprised when I say that I’m not a huge fan of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Some might see Belle as a redeeming character because she is smart and loves to read. She is, after all, bright enough to tell Gaston, the…
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Super Bowl Commercials

Did you see my series on the book So Sexy So Soon? Authors Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne made a very compelling argument that companies - with their marketing - are making humans sexually attracted to objects. They are sexualizing objects.…

TGR Launch Contest #20 - Princess Bubble

I wish every girl growing up today would have Princess Bubble. This book confronts the Princess Heritage and examines the mistakes the other princesses made (Belle and her Stockholm Syndrome, Cinderella's helplessness, and Ariel, The Little…
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TGR Launch Contest #5 - Happy Heart Princess

The Disney Princess Culture has seemed into the bloodlines of girlhood to such a degree that its nearly impossible to completely "opt-out." Believe me I've tried with my Princess Ban. If the messages weren't awful enough for girls with Belle…
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Empowering Girls: Top 10 Posts in 2008

1. Pro-Ana Suicides 2. Roloffs & Gosselins 3. I Hate Sarah Palin! 4. Tone Turtle 5. Bikini Waxing Tweens & Early Puberty 6. Empowering Girls: 2 Girls 1 Finger - Parents Should Know 7. Lourdes Bashing 8. Empowering Girls: Girl…
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Barbie Hijacked Feminism

Barbie hijacked "Feminism" and used a poor defenseless little girl and Amy Poehler to do it. Oh, well, she did kill The Bratz and I'll be forever grateful. My kids do enjoy her laptop and the pink VW Bug and the singing High School Musical Dolls,…
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Love Drunk - High School Musical 3

I took Ainsley and her BFF to see High School Musical 3. I have a mad hot crush on Zac Efron. I don't care. No one has moved me with his theatrical gyrations and love songs since I was about Ainsley's age watching John Travolta in Grease for…