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Lori Day
Lori Day is an educational psychologist and consultant with Lori Day Consulting in Newburyport, Mass. She has worked in the field of education for over 25 years, serving in varied roles in public and private schools and at the college level.

Lori is also an experienced writer and editor, having contributed to the written materials of a number of schools, small businesses and nonprofits in the U.S. and U.K. She is a contributing blogger on the topics of parenting, education, gender, media, and culture at Edutopia , The Good Men Project, Role/Reboot, and, as well as here on the Huffington Post.

Lori is a co-founder and member of the board of Brave Girls Want, a think tank of girl empowerment experts who advocate for healthier media and products for girls. Her first book, titled Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, will be on shelves in May of 2014.

You can connect with Lori on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Entries by Lori Day

Lobster Boat Blockade of Coal Plant Leads District Attorney to Climate Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:27 PM


When I met my husband Geof Day, his work as a climate activist introduced me to some interesting people involved with Recently, I heard the inspiring story of Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara, two climate activists who, up until September 8th, thought...

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Who Aches With Me?

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 10:28 AM

As a child I saw too many violent movies and it changed me. Instead of becoming desensitized as often happens, I went the other way. I became unable to bear the sight of violence. I almost never watch R-rated movies. Sometimes I have to explain this to people and am...

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When Facebook Friends Become Real Life Friends

(5) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:58 PM

I am happily married today because of my computer. Well, partly! The cyberworld brought me the husband that I could never have found in any other way. I should write into my will.

When I think about why online dating succeeded while being set up by my friends...

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Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids?

(8) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Ever since Ruth Graham wrote "Against YA" for the Slate Book Review last month -- the article that launched a thousand blog posts -- I've been reading the scathing responses as they roll in one by one. The Barnes and Noble Book Blog calls it the...

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The Story of Ferdinand: Talking With Kids About the First Children's Book on Gender Nonconformity

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:26 PM


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf was published in 1936, just before the Spanish Civil War. Because it was widely viewed as pacifist propaganda, it was banned in many countries. Despite its rough start, it became popular around the world, has been...

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5 Great Movies Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring, Adventurous Girls!

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:58 PM

This piece originally ran in Today's Parent.

The recent successes of Brave and Frozen demonstrate that movies starring girls can not only succeed, but can also dominate at the box office. For much too long, the common belief among producers has been that female protagonists doom a movie...

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The Disintermediation of Expertise: Why We All Think We Know It All

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Let's start with a definition:


So, this is about cutting out the middleman. Just bypass that sucker and get right down to business. Personally, I'm not qualified to invest directly in the securities market without the help of a professional, so I'd probably...

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The Club All Mothers of Daughters Should Join

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 2:19 PM

One of the most fulfilling and most memorable undertakings of my parenting journey was the formation of a mother-daughter book club, a collaboration with my then-8-year-old daughter and four other mother-daughter pairs that would last for six years. We all discussed the need to counteract stereotyped and sexualized girl culture...

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Eight Favorite Books Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring, Adventurous Girls!

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Google is full of girl-empowering book lists. Favorite female protagonists from the classics, like Pippi Longstocking, to more recent heroines, like Katniss Everdeen, abound on these lists, but I wanted to make my own after reading so many children and YA books to curate for recommendations to mother-daughter book clubs....

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Why Photoshopping Is a Matter of Life and Death for Many Girls

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:50 PM

1995 was a fateful year on the island of Fiji. For the first time, satellites began beaming western television shows to the region, and Fijian girls could watch Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place just like American girls. Suddenly, in a culture where having a well-nourished and curvy...

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Why Do Parents Defend Corporations Against Other Parents?

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 10:49 AM

This article has been co-written with Andie Fox of blue milk.

Imagine this scenario. You walk into a children's clothing store at the mall and the first thing you see is a rack of tiny padded bras targeted at girls so young and so small they do...

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Reading Captain Underpants

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:33 PM

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I recall Sendak's haunting depiction of Max. He had a wild streak, like lots of little boys, and he entered the book and my imagination dressed in a wolf suit, tormenting the...

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All Forms of Communication Have Collapsed

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:57 AM


This is the phone I had in my room when I was a teenager in the 70's. Oh, there were push-button phones back then, but I had this old rotary one. I hated that it was pink, but whatever--it was a second line...

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A Dozen Things South of Normal in America

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Once in a while, when I least expect it, a window cracks open in my mind and I suddenly see that some news story, some political event, or some aspect of our culture I stopped noticing is absolutely bizarre. And I feel like I'm dreaming, because this thing--whatever it is--just...

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Ok, I Admit It, I Do Hate Pink

(22) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Not the color per se. I actually love the color. I have several pink items of clothing and my toenails are pink right now, the only color of nail polish that I like. My living room walls are Benjamin Moore Odessa Pink. But given that pink is now a corporate-created,...

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One Courageous Young Woman Speaks Out About Gender Stereotypes and Sexual Harassment

(4) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM

When I am writing about girls, as I recently did in "The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Girls" on HuffPost Parents, it rarely occurs to me that girls themselves may be reading. In my mind, my audience is parents and other adults, and they are the ones...

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Media's Shameless Role in Peddling Gender Stereotypes to Children

(21) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 11:28 AM

We've all seen the toys and the clothes and the movies... and the ads for those toys and clothes and movies. Pink vs. blue; passive vs. aggressive; sedentary vs. active; pretty vs. smart. Girls vs. boys.

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Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

(15) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Every fall, the incoming group of kindergarteners becomes ever-so-slightly older. When I had my daughter almost 22 years ago, I remember a friend of mine exclaiming, "Oh, you're so lucky, she's birthday-blessed!" The term referred to her fall birth date, and the fact that she would automatically be one of...

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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Girls

(64) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:48 PM

I notice that whenever there is an article about helping girls break free of stereotypes, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of adults waiting in the comment wings to insinuate or flat-out state that girls should get back in line and just be girls. Here's the thing about girls, and...

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Republicans and the Parable of the Boiling Frog

(28) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 1:27 PM

In 1996, environmental author Daniel Quinn, in describing man's gradual harming of the planet, wrote:

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and...
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