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
Madeleine McAulay is the next in a long line of teen girls who have been shamed and threatened for daring to their opinion on controversial political issues. Democrat or Republican, we should encouraging young girls to join in the conversation. More
Those sexist LEGOs may be flying off the shelves, but that doesn’t mean that the controversy surrounding the messages that they give girls are quelling. Limor Fried, an engineer at Adafruit Industries and Wired cover girl in April 2011, designed her own LEGO set “for girls.” And let’s just say, the makeup and jacuzzis didn’t quite make it. More
Nothing announces ladyhood like a latte, a mani/pedi, and some bright red lipstick. More
Very few young women are able to find a happy ending following a child marriage. While girls who marry under the age of 18 are suddenly at risk for a host of mental disorders, the union statistically subjects them to higher rates of rape, physical abuse, and pregnancy complications. Not to mention being completely powerless in marriages that deem them no more than domestic slaves. But all parents can perhaps sleep a little better tonight as apparently less girls are being married off in South Asia than in previous years.