If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

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By Lori Day Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on The Twilight Zone. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Ditch the Happy Plate

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By Janaya Greene (Intern 2015) I remember anxiously waiting for my sister and my parents to arrive at the dinner table when I was about five years old. After a long day of school and an unpleasant school lunch, I was overwhelmingly excited to eat a home-cooked meal. But that excitement turned to dread when my stomach seemed to … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Raise White Children to be Anti-racist Allies

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by Dr. Rebecca Hains; cross-posted with permission In recent [months], the nation has been riveted and repulsed by the grand juries’ decisions to indict neither Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, nor New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. In the ensuing … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and Parenthood: Breaking the Cycle

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 In the same way that John Green describes the process of falling in love in The Fault in Our Stars, my troubles as a new mother started slowly, and then happened all at once. I always wanted to be one of those mothers who instantly bonds with her child, who people look at and say, “Motherhood suits … [Read more...]

“He’s Wearing What?!” and Other Frequent Responses to Gender Variance

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 It's another blazing hot summer day as my 7-year-old son and I careen down the highway. The first day of school is mere days away, and we are on our way to one last hurrah—ice cream at our favorite shop. I glance at him in the rearview mirror and notice him brush his gorgeous red hair from his eyes. … [Read more...]

Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

Rachel Gardner

By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

Girls in Pants and Boys in Princess Costumes — The Horror!

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By Gabrielle DeFranceschi of The Language Effect, cross-posted with permission Flipping through this year's Halloween magazines, I realized I might actually cry tears of joy if I saw a little boy pictured in a princess costume, or a little girl dressed as Superman. It is 2014, after all, and we have come a long way in the past … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

Disney Starlets Getting Thinner?

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By Gabby Vachon For the last decade, The Disney Channel has successfully launched the careers of the most popular teen superstars. But are these young Hollywood starlets getting thinner, and what message does that send young viewers? I was perusing Tumblr when I found this picture of the three "generations" of Disney … [Read more...]

It’s Here: Day of the Girl 2013!

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By Allison Epstein and Erin McKelle Looking for a reason to celebrate October 11 other than it finally being Friday? How about the Second Annual International Day of the Girl? Created in 2011 by the United Nations to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” the Day of the Girl provides … [Read more...]