I’m happy my little guy is exploring his own identity and principals and absorbing the issues that I personally care about into his own little life code but it’s gotten to the point where I spend a lot of time explaining to him how some of the things he is concerned about being “sexist” aren’t really “sexist” and how he doesn’t have to constantly be the sexism police of every aspect of everything he encounters. He is danger of becoming a mansplainer. More
I find it pretty appalling that the school isn’t doing more to support the girls, other than suggest they remove the photos for their own safety. And I wish we had more information about how parents were responding to this, because I’d be marching my daughter right down to the school and demanding some answers. I hope Jinan and her friends continue to fight, because it’s so utterly amazing that these girls are tacking these issues and trying to find solutions for them. It gives me so much hope that a mess of 16-18 year olds are learning about feminism at such a young age. More
Paul Tudor Jones, hedge fund billionaire and macro trader, didn’t know he was being recorded when he spoke to audience of University of Virginia students and alumni, which might explain why he felt comfortable to say such despicable, sexist, anti-family remarks about mothers — and fathers. More
I don’t believe in warning my sons about “wayward women.” I warn them about being decent people and treating women with respect and how not to act like assholes. I warn them about hanging around assholes who are bullies or creeps or who get trashed and drive or who take drugs and how they don’t want to be having sex with girls until they are ready to be parents. More
The first life-sized Barbie dreamhouse is opening in Europe this month. As a child I worshiped all things Barbie and would have gnawed off my own arm to go here. Apparently not everyone is viewing this icon with the same childhood wonder. A grass-roots feminist group based in Berlin is planning to protest the pink palace – labeling it a “sexist icon.” More
I was excited to see the opinion piece, “Warren Buffett is bullish … on women” in Fortune magazine pop up in my Twitter feed. Warren Buffett staking claim in the feminist world? I love it! The 140 character invite told me Warren Buffett was demanding all men get on board. Sounded great, until I read his reasons why. More
Before Reese Witherspoon was caught drunkenly sassing a police officer, she was doing the press promotion for her film Mud. While I don’t have the slightest empathy for anyone who has the self importance to drive under the influence, Reese’s certain attention to systems of inequality make me think we can perhaps start liking her again. Maybe. More
Yes, being a working mom is hard no matter what your net worth is, but I think the blow can be cushioned a little by knowing you can afford to take a day off or simply afford to hire more employees or else buy yourself a nice little cheapo Alexander McQueen frock. While the rest of the working moms in the world celebrate by paying the water bill so they can take a hot shower, wheeeee! More
I was bummed to read Amy Schiller’s piece in The Atlantic, alerting me to the fact that the “historical” American Girls aren’t really the poster children of the brand empire anymore. It even looks like my favorites have been, for the most part, phased out. More
The Monster High dolls may looks different than other fashion dolls, but from the messages they represent in their movies I feel like even though one of them has yet to be portrayed as a female president or astronaut, they are an overall good role model for my daughter. More
New York Magazine published an article this week called “The Retro Wife: Feminists who say they have it all by choosing to stay at home.” Oh boy. I was unsure how many stereotypes you could fit into one article about women, work and family. This one seems to have covered them all. More
Lean In is a lot of things, but one thing it is definitely not is boring. Sheryl Sandberg‘s book on that pesky terminology of “work life balance,” she admits, is not really a memoir. She explicitly specifies that it’s not really “a self-help book,” or “a book on career management.” Although she is comfortable with the descriptive “sort of feminist manifesto.” Frankly, Lean In is a hybrid of all the aforementioned labels, and the personal anecdotes of Sheryl’s own rise to the top of Silicon Valley perform as the perfect punctuation between some rousing lady career advice.
I need to get my daughter some music that doesn’t suck. And it has to be GIRL music, because my 8-year-old has enough BOY music and Mommmmmm, she totally needs girl music, you know, like girls, like cool girls, like you know the girls that her girls listen to at school, mmkay?
But see the issue is, all the shit her little friends listen to at school sucks. I have decided it sucks based on the fact that I have heard snippets of some of these artists on the radio and because I had a long talk with Koa about this recently and we decided that all girl music these days sucks. What is popular amongst the third grade set? Katy Perry. More
There is an excellent new Ted talk given by parent and former actor Colin Stokes about how children’s movies aren’t teaching our sons how to think about and treat women. He compares his two children and how both of them, around the ages of 4, became equally obsessed with two different movies. For his daughter, it was The Wizard Of Oz, for his son, it was Star Wars. If you have kids I think that both these movies are something that you have shown them at some point, if they both weren’t two of the very first movies you exposed them to. More