The Future Looks Bright!

This is Lily Goss – a few days ago her mom wrote me:

Lily recently got the book Beauty and the Beast from my sister. Tonight she was playing pretend and declared “I am the beast and this is my rose” holding up a flower. I love that my daughter thought nothing of pretending to be a male character and not the “princess” 🙂

This is Kenny Rose – borrowing a friend’s hat and certainly strutting in Pink  and  unfazed.

In the past couple of days my two friends with kids sent me thoughts or images about their kids that defy gender stereotypes … Not life changing leaps twords equality but fun stuff, huh?

Can Social Media Erase Gender?

I woke up this morning to an email from the foremost woman in my life, the dance in my day, the origin of my being – my mom.  For those of you who don’t know her, she is an obsessive news reader and all around brainiac who is absolutely inflamed by the way people treat each other. And she’s not some kind of hypocrite, if she could care for the world, she would. (Sometimes, I think she does.)  Anyway, she knows me and the things I think about so she sent me this video of Johanna Blakley of USC. Blakley is arguing that there is an upside in social media for gender-thinkers:

So what do you think is big brother going to determine that we’re not all based on gender stereotypes?

Today I Love My Family of Feminist Bloggers!

Female Impersonator posted a heads up that Men’s Health Magazine has created a Men’s Health Feminist Blog! The very first posting uses the old feminism is the F-word concept – and I am proud to say that the intention seems genuine! [Despite a ridiculous shot of a girl in a bikini today, which supported a genuine conversation about why cutting your pubic hair into the shape of your partner initials objectifies women] You should totally check this out – 

Oh and by the way did you know that juicy bit of info – you can go to a salon and get your pubies clipped to reflect your lover’s initials? I didn’t and in some ways I wish I was still ignorant of this beauty ritual –

What do you think gang? Are you running out to the nearest salon so you can sport a T.R., T.J., J.G., A.P., P.M, V.L., D.L., or any other random combo of letters in you netherlands?

Have You Been Thinking About the Roles Women Play in Hollywood?

As any good blogger should, I follow a number of other bloggers and I am very often intrigued, impressed, humored and touched by the tidbits that they are offering up to the world. Today I was reading Feminema, and she suggested her readers take a look at’s female character flow chart:

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I got a kick out of it and thought y’all would too…

Pregnancy-bot goes old school…

For those of you who were horrified or intrigued by the pregnacy-bot. I present it’s 18th century predecessor: “Le Machine” from  Madame du Coudray . Check out this out @ The Oh, and a shout out to my professor Lisa Swanstrom for turning me on to this historical tidbit.

Vanity Fairest…

I want to share these articles from Jezebel with everyone. The first article, “Young Hollywood is White and Thin” I’ve use in my classroom and the second, ” Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue Shoves People of Color Aside (as Usual)” I just read. Both articles  are pointing out Vanity Fair’s repeated atrocities with regards to racially homogenizing group photos of Hollywood actors.  What I am wondering is – Do we think this is just reflection on Vanity Fair or on Hollywood in general.

New Girl Studies Books…if that’s your thing:)

Announcing the publication of two new texts exploring girlhood:

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Leslie Paris
University of Illinois Press, 2011

The Girls’ History and Culture Readers provides scholars, instructors, and students with the most influential essays that have defined the field of American girls’ history and culture. A relatively new and energetic field of inquiry, girl-centered research is critical for a fuller understanding of women and gender, a deeper consideration of childhood and adolescence, and a greater acknowledgment of the significance of generation as a historical force in American culture and society.

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Leslie Paris
University of Illinois Press, 2011

Bringing together work from top scholars of women and youth, The Girls’ History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century addresses topics ranging from diary writing and toys to prostitution and slavery. Covering girlhood and the relationships between girls and women, this pioneering volume tackles pivotal themes such as education, work, play, sexuality, consumption, and the body. The reader also illuminates broader nineteenth-century developments—including urbanization, industrialization, and immigration–through the often-overlooked vantage point of girls.

Contributors are Carol Devens, Miriam Forman-Brunell, Jane H. Hunter, Anya Jabour, Anne Scott MacLeod, Susan McCully, Mary Niall Mitchell, Leslie Paris, Barbara Sicherman, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Christine Stansell, Nancy M. Theriot, and Deborah Gray White.

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Leslie Paris
University of Illinois Press, 2011

Bringing together work from top scholars of women and youth, The Girls’ History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century illustrates girls’ centrality to major twentieth-century forces such as immigration, labor, feminism, and consumerism. While girls in the twentieth century found new avenues for personal ambition and self-expression, especially at school and in the realm of leisure and popular culture, they continued to wrestle with traditional ideas about feminine identity, socialization, and sexuality.

Contributors are Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Rachel Devlin, Susan J. Douglas, Miriam Forman-Brunell, Kyra D. Gaunt, Mary Celeste Kearney, Ilana Nash, Mary Odem, Leslie Paris, Kathy Peiss, Vicki L. Ruiz, Kelly Schrum, and Judy Yung.