As we approach the holiday season, it won’t be long until The Bachelor returns to television screens on January 2nd. The premise of the show: an eligible and seemingly “perfect” bachelor selects his wife out of twenty-five possible love interests who are trying to catch his attention. In its twenty seasons running, however, only three […]Read More Smell the Roses: The Influence of The Bachelor on Young Relationships
This Thanksgiving was very different from all of the other past Thanksgivings that I have had. For the first time, my family decided to talk about politics, specifically focusing on this past election. However, instead of talking about the possible political consequences of our newly elected president, my family spoke about the impact that […]Read More There Will Always Be Hope!
In our society, young people frequently face marginalization and are often belittled. Thus, young girls are especially underestimated! Often pigeonholed into the societally normative feminine roles, girls are viewed as primarily lovers of all things pink, sparkly, and cute. This narrowly constructed vision of girlhood rarely gives girls the credit that they truly deserve. These […]Read More 5 Life Lessons from Girls Under 5-ish
Selfie culture is still alive and well as 2016 ends and so is the shaming of girls who take them. Do you remember last year in October when those sorority girls got shamed by the announcers for taking selfies during a baseball game? The announcers mock the girls for their vanity by taking selfies, which is […]Read More Music, Makeup, & Media
When it comes to girlhood, there is no brand more popular or controversial than Barbie. Standing at 5’9’’ with an 18 inch waist, she has come under fire for promoting unhealthy beauty ideas and lacking diversity within her friend group in her fifty-seven years of existence. Despite this, nothing has paralleled her rise to toy […]Read More With Barbie, “You Can Be Anything!”… If You Buy It
Feminism, or the advocacy of equality for all sexes, has been growing to encompass more and more ideals and aspects about young girls and women’s lives; each day it becomes more inclusive of a variety of lenses the emphasize the importance of intersectionality. One such branch is ecofeminism, a movement that connects the domination of nature to […]Read More Feminism Wastes Nothing
If children had been the ones to actually pick the president of the United States, November 9th would have looked a lot different. Nickelodeon gave kids an opportunity to voice their opinions on who should lead the US in their “Kids Pick the President” campaign, and kids voted for Former Secretary of State, […]Read More Cycle of Sexism: Who really picks the president?
Think of toys that young girls would like to play with. You’re probably picturing a lot of pink. Maybe a play kitchen or a fake tea set. Most definitely a doll of some sort comes to mind, whether it’s generic or brand-name, like a Barbie. These are quite stereotypical. Perhaps you thought of something more […]Read More In a World of Superheroes…
As you return from Thanksgiving break and gear up for the end of the semester, you’re probably in need of some inspiration. We can relate. So we thought we’d share four powerful women with you who are strong role models for girls and young women—one for each stage of the end game. Week One: Margaret […]Read More Four Inspiring Women to Help You Get Through Finals
Remember this video? http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/sound-of-music/3001376 (In case you need it, here’s the OG: https://youtu.be/yYvyh3IIdDk ) Maria is a problem because NEWSFLASH she’s a headache, she’s an angel, SHE’S A GIIIRL. Mind you, I love Sound of Music, but I realize that Maria is a trope. Maria speaks to issues of girlhood and society’s utter fascination with […]Read More The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Girls