Category Archives: girl culture

The Counter-Princess-Propaganda Booklist

From I am hard-pressed to find a three or four-year-old girl who hasn’t succumbed to Disney Princess madness and whose parents can’t be overheard mumbling “That’s it!  I am calling a moratorium on princess paraphernalia…” as his/her daughter opens … Continue reading

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Back to 90s Disney glory days?

  Tangled takes us back to when Disney’s princesses reigned supreme By Meredith Woerner,, October 5, 2010    We’ve seen Tangled, Disney’s latest attempt to revive the great princess movies of its past. Suffice to say it transported us … Continue reading

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Sweet Valley edits! 1983 vs. 2008

Double Love 1983 vs Double Love 2008 Differences between the original and the reissued version… The very first sentences: 1983: “Oh, Lizzie, do you believe how absolutely horrendous I look today!” Jessica Wakefield groaned as she stepped in front of … Continue reading

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Wealthy, Whiny, White; or, “Privilege Lit”

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream By Joshunda Sanders and Diana Barnes-Brown, Illustrated by Ana Mouyis, For decades, self-help literature and an obsession with wellness have captivated the imaginations of countless liberal Americans. Even now, … Continue reading

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Oh that “kooky” Holly Golightly/Carrie Bradshaw

Is Audrey Hepburn To Blame For Carrie Bradshaw? by Sadie Stein,, June 7, 2010 A new book blames Audrey Hepburn for SATC2. Okay? Sort of? Everyone knows that Truman Capote wasn’t sold on Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, and … Continue reading

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No more bosom friends?

Why Would You Want To Keep Your Kid From Having A Best Friend? By Sadie Stein, From the NY Times: “Increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: … Continue reading

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Return of the Babysitters

  Say Hello To Your Future: Could The Baby-Sitters Club Inspire Young Girls To Create Their Own Jobs? By Hortense,, March 20, 2010 When I was in 4th grade, my friends and I shared an obsession with the Baby-Sitters … Continue reading

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Princess to the Rescue!

Are the New Disney Princesses Feminists? By Lisa Wade,, January 13, 2010 In an ad for Disney Princess bikes, two girls save the stranded prince (a teddy bear) and then go off to have “another adventure.” It concludes, “With … Continue reading

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Promiscuous girl, wherever you are

Interview with Celia Rivenbark The columnist and author of Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like A Skank, talks. KENNETH WHYTE, Macleans, Jan 1, 2007 I understand Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank began as a newspaper column. What led you to write … Continue reading

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The Lolita Generation

Why are we dressing our daughters like this? Eight-year-olds in fishnets, padded ‘bralettes’ and thong panties: Welcome to the Junior Miss version of raunch culture LIANNE GEORGE, Macleans, Jan 1, 2007 In his most recent visual tome, Katlick School, the famed … Continue reading

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