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Empowering Girls Halloween Costume Extension

Tonight is Halloween so I'm extending the Halloween Costume Contest through the weekend (Winner announced Monday morning) to give parents a chance to email me (traceesioux@yahoo.com) their girls' Trick-or-Treating costumes. I'll publish the…
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Empowering Girls: Hootchy Clothes

If you are using words like hootchy, skank, slut, whore or any other sexually derogatory word to describe the clothing (whether inappropriate or not) of any girl you are an active participant in further sexualizing girls. If you are teaching…

Guest Post: Thrifty Kelly

Thanks to Kelly Saunders for guest blogging today. Kelly Saunders has been blogging forThrifty Mommy for over 2 years and has a 3.5 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. Her goal is to save time and money any way she can in order to stay…
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Empowering Girls: Dancing With The Stars

When I am a teenager I'm going to wear a dress like that. Ainsley, please wait until you are an adult. Why Mommy? If you wear that as a teenager all the other mothers will judge me. Note to my mother: I. Am. So. Sorry! Image Source:…
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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: Short Skirts

Are there shorts under your dress? Why do I always have to wear shorts? Because, it's no fun to sit like a lady. "Sitting like a lady" sucks. It pretty much rules out swinging, running, climbing trees, jumping on trampolines, somersaults,…

Fashion Police (I mean, Policy)

This is what Ainsley wore to school yesterday. If you don't get up right now I'm picking your clothes, I tell her. She leaps out of bed every time. What's your fashion policy?

Second Generation Mean Girl

By Tracee SiouxJust who is running the school clothes fashion show?A reader's (Janet) comment on my column Kindergarten Fashion Show really provided some clarity about who is driving the fashion show in elementary school. Mommy, obviously.Mean…

Shoemotional

By Tracee SiouxWhile I don't want my daughter to believe she IS her clothing. I have to confess to a bizarre attachment to a pair of dancing shoes I no longer have.While packing for my femimother weekend I felt an old familiar yearning for my…

Kindergarten Fashion Show

Oh girls, you are not defined by your clothes! Really, we’re not sending this message to our girls in any kind of adequate way. By the time my daughter was two she was getting herself dressed and had a very set idea of what she wanted to…
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False Eyelashes

by Tracee SiouxI was attempting to teach my five-year-old daughter to critically deconstruct advertising while watching television one day. Oh, mommy look how pretty her eyes are! You gotta try that. Ainsley exclaimed when she saw a commercial…