Should We Ban “Little House” for Racism?

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Editor’s note: Although the writer originally wrote this post for her blog in the context of Banned Book Week in 2010, the American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that the Office for Intellectual Freedom has released the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 as part of ALA’s State of America’s Library … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games: The Absence of Race & Genderless Storytelling

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Introduction by Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor The Hunger Games and Genderless Storytelling, cross-posted with permission from SheHeroes By now you're all aware of the racist tweets that began popping up after the premiere of the movie, The Hunger Games, based on the tween/teen book of the same title by Suzanne Collins. … [Read more...]

Can Asian Teen Narratives Get Beyond Tiger Parents and Rebellious Kids?

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By Sayantani DasGupta I recently finished Paula Yoo's charming Good Enough, a novel about a Korean American teen violinist whose life of SAT prep tests, HarvardYalePrinceton applications, All-State violin rehearsals, and Korean church youth group is disrupted by the arrival of a Cute Trumpet Guy in her life. Written in an … [Read more...]

Why Are We Still Whitewashing?

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By Sayantani DasGupta Images matter. They matter a lot. Images on magazine and book covers not only reflect what we, as a society, think is beautiful, but they seep into our individual and collective consciousness – urging us to emulate those thinner, younger, taller, richer and yes, whiter images. Race is a critical part of … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Double Standard of Aging

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By Lisa Wade, PhD Cross-posted from Sociological Images Today I had the pleasure of reading a 1978 essay by Susan Sontag titled The Double Standard of Aging.  I was struck by how plainly and convincingly she described the role of attractiveness in men’s and women’s lives: [For women, o]nly one standard of female beauty is … [Read more...]

The (Bluest) Eyes Have It

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By Tami Winfrey Harris "Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window sign - all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. 'Here,' they said, 'this is beautiful, and if you are on this day "worthy" you may have it.'" - Toni Morrison, The Bluest … [Read more...]

Looking Towards the Future and Beyond Beauty Alone

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By Melanie Klein They say “love don’t pay the rent.” Love is undeniably the foundation of any healthy relationship, but it is by no means the only essential ingredient to keep that relationship humming smoothly. The same rules apply to the relationship with our bodies—relationships often complicated, contradictory and influenced … [Read more...]

How Stereotypes and Bad Jokes Dampen Your Love Life

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor The other morning after a grueling 45 minutes at boot camp, my fellow campers (all white women ranging in age from 23 to 60) and I grimaced as we stretched our stiff muscles on the grass. We talked about the following week and how we were allowed to bring as many guests to class free of charge … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Worry About “The Help”

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By Tami Winfrey Harris A lot of folks have been giving the whole idea of a book, written by a Southern white woman,  about black domestics in 1960s Mississippi, the side eye. I understand. When my book club decided to read Kathryn Stockett's The Help last year, I was ambivalent. The book was a popular best-seller with rave … [Read more...]

67 Sueños: Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories to Change Perceptions

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by 67 Sueños Collective Lourdez, a 17 year-old student at Metwest High School, cares deeply about immigrant justice. “Some undocumented youth live in fear and are scared to speak out because of fear of being harassed or being deported.  I want to change that," says Lourdez. … [Read more...]