Getting Our Hands Dirty: STEM Learning, Girls, and Gardening

Gardens have come a long way since the US Victory Gardens during WW I & II

By Sayantani DasGupta I was thrilled to hear that this spring, Harvey Mudd College in California made history by granting more engineering degrees to women than men, with 56% of their graduating engineering class being female. Because the sad fact remains, there is a dearth of women (and minorities) in STEM (science, technology, … [Read more...]

Yes, All Little Girls Live in the Threat of Sexual Violence

#yesallwomen

By Pia Guerrero I lived on a tree-lined street, had a dog and a cat that I liked to put bows and hats on, and walked to my local elementary school a block away. I liked to walk to the beach holding my mom’s hand. Most of all, I loved to bike ride around the block stopping at the local store for a Klondike bar.  After school I … [Read more...]

Girls Braced for Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD, Contributor at Sociological Images Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or … [Read more...]

Brave Girls Want Dolls That Do Not Originate In or Reflect Porn Culture – NSFW

my little poney

A guest post by Charlotte Kugler, originally posted at Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies *Editor’s Note: Given a contentious facebook discussion this morning, I want to make it clear that myself, Charlotte, and much of the PPBB community understands there are boys and men who enjoy MLP and are great, non-pervy guys. This post … [Read more...]

Childhood, Selfhood, and the American Girl

Photo by Tasayu Tasnaphun

By Allison Epstein, Intern 2013 It’s amazing how much of an impact our favorite childhood toys can have on us years and decades later. If I asked you what toy you treasured back in the day, what would you say? Maybe we have some Lego people out there, or Easy Bake Oven folks, or for children of the nineties like me, Doodle … [Read more...]

Halloween is Frightening When it Sexualizes and Stereotypes

Back in the Day vs. Today

Halloween is the time when goblins come out from under bridges and vampires emerge from creepy coffins. It is also the time when gender and racial stereotypes fly onto the racks of costume shops with frightening speed. It seems with every passing year the line blurs between sexy get ups and age appropriate ones. Sexy women’s … [Read more...]

“Mom, do my legs look fat in these skinny jeans”?

photo from CityPages.com

By Valerie Kusler It's no secret that "skinny jeans" have dominated the women's denim market for the past year or two. But a new trend of marketing skinny jeans to kids has caused quite a stir and concern. Many are wondering whether the trend is bad for kids', especially girls', who already have delicate body image. Will this … [Read more...]

Call for PG Rating of Aussie Tween Magazines

Total Girl Cover, March 2010

"Scrutiny urged for tween magazines" by Jill Pengelley at The Advertiser on May 24, 2010 THE YWCA of Adelaide is calling for a PG rating for "tween girls" magazines, which it says are teaching six-year-olds to be sexually provocative. … [Read more...]