Our Dolls, Ourselves

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On the Ms. Blog just over four years ago, I wrote about Mattel’s (then) newest and largest doll launch: the Monster High line. Mattel was proudly offering girls dolls that were “different” and that strayed from the look of their long-lasting progeny, Barbie, and her contentious, estranged cousin, the Bratz dolls, (at that time, still […]

10 Reasons Why Willow and Jaden Smith’s NYT Interview Is the Best Thing Ever

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Jaden and Willow Smith gave an interview to The New York Times’ T Magazine earlier this week that is incredibly smart—a fusion of Buddhist philosophy, physics and earnest idealism. But people are coming for Willow and Jaden—the children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith—instead. Gawker called them “nuts.”  The Grio called them “confusing,” a […]

GoldieBlox On the Block Again

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GoldieBlox, a relatively new toy company whose mission is to entice girls into the field of engineering, is no stranger to controversy. Their previous advertisement quickly went viral and both heartened parents seeking “alternative” toys to what their daughters are more routinely offered, and enraged those who saw the line as capitulating to commercial pressures to […]

Victory! Thrift Store Pulls Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls

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If you’re a Halloween enthusiast, you may know that one of the best places to pick up inexpensive pre-fab costumes is the local thrift store. What you probably wouldn’t expect to see are skimpy, sexed-up outfits for little girls—but that’s exactly what one Canadian thrift store had on offer recently. Mom and writer Raina Delisle penned a […]

The Power of Proactive Parenting

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I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a fantastic childhood. My memories of being a child are full of summer camp, getting absorbed in sci-fi and fantasy books, writing notebooks full of stories, playing with friends out in the woods, traveling, riding roller coasters and watching beloved Saturday morning cartoons. My parents […]

4 Clothing Items Schools Should Ban So Girls Don’t Look Like “Prostitutes”

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In response to some girls wearing leggings, jeggings and tight jeans to class, a school in Devils Lake, North Dakota, responded calmly and reasonably by insinuating that the girls’ clothing made them look like prostitutes and banning the pants in question. A controversial, reaction perhaps, but the school officials’ hearts are in the right place; after […]

Dress Codes for Girls: Are Teachers the New Objectifiers?

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When I was in seventh grade, a teacher at my very small Quaker school once sent the boys out of the room and started talking to us girls about how we dressed. It wasn’t too far from “The Talk,” but it focused on our clothing. This teacher told us that we had to be more […]

The New Leading Killer of Adolescent Girls

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Reprinted with permission from the Thomson Reuters Foundation As an advocate working in a research institute, I rely on evidence to understand and underscore the importance of issues. Over the years, when arguing for expanded sexual and reproductive health information and services for youth worldwide, I’ve often cited the fact that maternal mortality was the […]

Hey Lego, Bring Back the Women Scientists!

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Back in August, Lego introduced a play set unlike any they’d ever produced before: the Research Institute, a set featuring three women characters in a professional setting. The female mini-figurines—an astronomer, a paleontologist and a chemist—were each at work in their respective labs. Before these women scientists, every other female Lego character produced had been […]

Mo’Ne Mo’Ne!!! Don’t Miss Her Pitching Today!

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UPDATE: Mo’Ne Davis pitched the first three innings in a losing effort by her team yesterday, but the Taney Dragons have a second chance today against a Chicago team. If they win, they’ll play Las Vegas again, for the U.S. championship, on Saturday–and Davis would probably be the pitcher. You can tune in for today’s […]