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True Love Waits - Twilight

I just read, True Love Waits, by Donna Freitas in the Wall Street Journal, an editorial about the Twilight vampire romance series. She made some good points about the Twilight Series and the sex involved. I've read the first one and though…
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10 Antidotes to Self-Objectification & Sexualization of Girls

Self Objectification occurs when girls believe the media and cultural messages that tells her she exists for male sexual entertainment. Sexualization of Girls is what the media and cultural messages designed to make her believe that her purpose…

Empowering Girls: Princess Bubble Review

Princess Bubble by Susan Johnston & Kimberly Webb is the antidote to the Disney Princess Culture. It's got all the "pretty" little girls want with the crowns and flouncy dresses and the gobs of bubble gum pink and castles and lavish parties.…
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Cinderella Should Have Saved Herself

By Tracee Sioux Our daughters are inundated with Cinderella and her friends. Young girls love Cinderella and want to be her. For several years I allowed the Cinderella obsession to run rampant. I allowed the dress up clothes, books, movies,…
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Empowering Girls: Twilight, Female Crack Cocaine

My much adored cousin told me I just HAD to read Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1), by Stephenie Meyer, which is flying off the shelves as women indulge our addiction to the love story. In the meantime, I've been contemplating a few things…
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Empowering Girls: Goodbye Hannah

Goodbye Hannah Montana. I'm sick and tired of hearing your bratty little attitude and disrespect come out of my daughter's mouth. Months ago I tried to blame ME for my daughter's snotty tone and disrespectful banter. I tried to ban my "tone"…
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Empowering Girls: Frog Prince

You better be positive he's a prince before you marry him, Ainsley. I can't tell you how many women I know who married a toad and found out he was incapable of being anything other than a toad. (If you're not very careful you can marry…
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Empowering Girls: Choosing Princess

I was thinking about what I hate about the Princess Culture. It's the same reason I hate The Bachelor, Rock of Love and Flavor of Love - all Princess Culture derivatives. All the princesses wait to be CHOSEN. They never do the choosing. That's…
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Empowering Girls: Miley's Photo

I'm conflicted about this. Wasn't the media just lying in wait for the girl to screw up and cross the very fine line between contemporary and provocative? "Vanity Fair wants to sell magazines," one newswoman says. "Exactly right," another…
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Empowering Girls: Enchanted - New Generation Princess Fable

Disney's princess tales all attempt to answer one question: What do girls/women want? According to Disney's traditional message to little girls, what women want is to be saved by a prince, fall instantly in love and live happily ever after. As…
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Empowering Girls: Princess Culture Examined

Ever wonder how and why the Disney Princess Culture distorted and minimized girlness, leaving girls as the extra character or one that desperately needs to be saved? My film-maker friend, Aaron Lea, sent me this rejection letter to a Mary…
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Girl Characters and Geena Davis

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media works with entertainment creators and companies, educates the next generation of content-creators, and informs the public about the need to increase the number of girls and women in media aimed…