“Role models” are tricky business in the parenting sphere. While I personally think parents should discourage their children from admiring anyone in the entertainment industry, there are the usual handful of parents who would have been happy to uphold Kristen Stewart as a role model for their little girl (until last week that is). People in the public eye can be severely flawed just like the rest of us, and generally even more so given what warped values show business tends to espouse. But regardless of how you personally categorize “right” and “wrong,”our daughters have to scour quite a bit to find a figure who didn’t catapult her way to fame via a sex tape, an illicit union, a nose job, or some other scandalous plot line. More
Young girls who get into the ring and talk politics is always something I can get behind, regardless of whether I agree with their views or not. If it’s simply a tweet or a Change.org petition, I admire young women (and men) who take it upon themselves to be a part of the conversation and effect change. And with teenagers Elena Tsemberis, Sammi Siegel, and Emma Axelrod at the wheel, that change very well could be a woman moderating this year’s presidential debates. More
Dr. Sally Ride, the applaudable lady who “shatter[ing] the space ceiling” to quote The New York Times, sadly left this world yesterday at only 61 years old. After a battle with pancreatic cancer, the first American woman in space passed away at her home in San Diego. Although Sally now has a large chunk of history to her name, her time in orbit isn’t all that she managed to accomplish. While on earth, the physicist left quite a legacy of education and mentorship, especially for girls. More
Teenage girls seem to have a lot to say in the last few months about Photoshopping, especially on the heels of Seventeen magazine being more up front about their airbrushing policies. Actress Mila Kunis may not be any Change.Org petitioner, but as a teenager who found herself on the cover of many a magazine, the young woman has plenty to say on how one publication in particular distorted her young body. More
This just in but wholesomely sweet Midwestern girls may become a thing of the past — at least depending on how girls as young as six eventually grow up. Although the sexualization of girls seems to be garnering more and more research all the time — as well it should — a study in the journal Sex Roles is reportedly the first to determine how very young girls are self-sexualizing. But how did researchers attempt to understand such a phenomenon? With some skankilicious paper dolls. More
Considering that modern children are prepped for everything from their fourth grade math tests to private school interviews to SATs, perhaps it’s not at all shocking that a new blooming and booming preparation service for young people is upon us. The Princeton Review may guarantee an increase in your child’s test scores by 150 points, but tell me, how much would you pay someone to school your daughter in the art of Rush week and sorority life? More
As we reported, 17-year-old Emma Stydahar and 16-year-old Carina Cruz are following Julia Bluhm‘s lead after her successful protest against Seventeen‘s Photoshop practices. The two young women took their Photoshopping pledge to Teen Vogue, asking the publication to follow Seventeen’s example and promise not to alter the bodies or faces of their young models. Well, apparently somebody up top got a little threatened and thought these ladies needed a stern talking to. More
Even though girls can certainly hold their on math exams, their test scores can sink faster than that annoying boat in all those word problems due to anxiety. More
Eighty-four thousand signatures later, Seventeen magazine has finally accepted the teenager’s terms, meaning that one of the country’s leading magazines for girls is willing to address our unchecked media problem. More
As the documentary Miss Representation outlined not too long ago, round the clock media is at the helm of our daughter’s constant insecurities. Whether we’re talking TIME magazine or Seventeen the tremendous focus on women’s appearance, bodies, and attractiveness as opposed to their accomplishments has our young female population looking at every passing mirror with critical eyes.
Eighteen year old Sydney Spies scandalized Durango High School in Colorado when she submitted a senior photo that was considered just a little too racy. The image, which depicted Sydney in a shawl and yellow miniskirt, garnered national attention when even TODAY asked the young lady to state her case. And following all that press in January, the teenager has since landed a Syfy movie role to toss in her prude peers’ faces. More
The fascinating and complex relationship between parents’ attitudes towards math and the gender disparity in mathematical performance in children continues to have scientists honing in on one area of interest: gender stereotypes. It would appear that when mothers are presenting mathematical concepts to their sons, and not their daughters, even teachers are susceptible to the notion that girls can’t tackle numbers like the boys — even when their tests scores prove otherwise. Recent research should have parents reassessing those harmful stereotypes one more time though as mothers can reportedly “transmit” their math anxieties to their little girls. More
When it was announced that engineer and Wired cover girl Limor Fried was taking her own crack at designing “LEGOs for girls,” her “Ladyada’s Workshop” was met with blogosphere acclaim. Peggy Orenstein even tweeted “How do I get one ?!?!?” in response to Fried’s designs along with over 90% of Mommyish readers approving of the project. But now it’s time for parents to put their support where LEGO will be sure to see it, as Limor’s project is officially accepting votes to become purchasable.
It’s getting on summer time and with Memorial Weekend rapidly approaching, perhaps you have already purchased your daughter’s swimsuit for the season. Maybe you gave into her first bikini long ago or this is her first year getting one. But regardless of what your little girl will be wearing to the beach this summer, bear in mind that bikinis for girls still appear to be controversial. More