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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: 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…

Be My Mr. Good Enough!

Do you think I should get you a Valentine? I'm going to be seriously upset if you spend money on roses that die and please remember I hate the creams. In fact we don't need chocolate, there's still some from Christmas. I was talking to…

First Crush

Hey Ainsley, remember when I told you that if Austin was hitting you that meant he liked you? Yeah. Well, I was wrong to tell you that. I don't ever want you to think anyone, ever has any right to treat you with disrespect. I want you to…
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Hairspray

By Tracee Sioux I took my kids and my Grandma to see Hairspray (Full-Screen Edition) at the $1 movie. What a great family flick. Well, I'm not sure my grandma appreciated the subject matter (she's still not completely sure integration is…
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Frog Prince & Daddy

Kiss it. It might turn into a prince. You kiss it! I already got my Prince. This is what Daddy looked like when I found him.

Dating Violence

by Tracee Sioux In Texas, almost 188,000 incidents of domestic violence occurred during 2005, and more than 330,000 rapes occur every year, according to Gov. Rick Perry's office. But it always starts with the girls and boys. Intimate violence…
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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…
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High School Musical 2

by Tracee SiouxEveryone is talking about High School Musical 2, with 17.2 million viewers during the premiere , it's the most-watched basic cable program ever. Ainsley and I watched it together.Isn't this just Dirty Dancing for kids? Here's…
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Service versus Codependence

By Tracee Sioux For women, I believe, it’s very difficult for us to know where the line is between acts of service and codependence. Codependence is a complicated concept for me, because the line blurs so easily and I very often find out…

Sexual Urban Legend

By Tracee Sioux Everyone has heard this urban legend . . . I have a cousin (or uncle or brother or dad or son) who was only 18 (19, 20, 21, 22) and his girlfriend was 14 and she totally seduced him and then when he broke up with her she had…