Posts

, ,

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"…
, , ,

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…
, , ,

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…
, ,

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…
, ,

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…
,

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…

1943 Guide to Hiring Women

Thank goodness our daughters can expect somewhat better treatment from future employers than this: 1943 Guide to Hiring Women posted by Contrariwise Ramblings. It should be noted though that we're not out of the woods yet, as just the other…
,

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…

Real Princesses

By Tracee SiouxIn the middle of Ainsley's Disney Princess Obsession I found a coffee table book about Princess Diana at the library and showed it to her.She honestly had never considered the fact that there might actually be real princesses.…
, , ,

Princess Ban

By Tracee Sioux “No princesses, Bratz or Barbie gifts,” read the invitation for my daughter’s 5th birthday party this year. The week before we had gone to the used bookstore and sold all Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping…