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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…