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


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”


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?


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


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!


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!


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 […]

What Has, and Hasn’t, Changed Since the Steubenville Rape


After Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays were found delinquent of raping an incapacitated 16-year-old girl in August 2012, critics watching the case leveled a stinging allegation against Steubenville, Ohio: In the hero-worshipping football town, star players—like Richmond and Hays—can do no wrong. That accusation proved true this week when Richmond, released from juvenile detention after serving nine months […]

Family Planning for Adolescents: The Missing Ingredient?


Reprinted from the Thomson Reuters Foundation with permission. This week in London, several hundred advocates and allies, including myself, will join government officials from around the world, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, to rally a global movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage for girls within a […]

Message to HelloFlo: Ha Ha, Oh No


On June 17, HelloFlo, a company that sends care packages to women (timed to their monthly cycle) that include everything from pads and tampons to chocolate to beginners’ guides, followed up its hilarious commercial “The Camp Gyno” with the clever and funny “First Moon Party.” Both the website (which includes a blog and an advice section) and the commercials are […]