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On Mastectomies, Pink Ribbon Culture, and Women's Choices

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women
Karuna Jaggar

The decision to surgically remove a breast either to treat or prevent cancer can never be taken lightly. And, in our breast-obsessed culture, for many women this medical decision is further complicated by societal pressures and norms.

Embracing the Disney Princess Craze

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Lynsi Freitag

Walking around the streets of Disney, I found myself in an odd juxtaposition between intoxication with the sparkles, jewels and tiaras on the one hand, and disbelief that I was an active participant in what I had so proudly balked at in my former life. My former life being my life before children.

The Irresponsibility of the NYT, Peggy Orenstein and Why You Must Mammogram

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

Breast cancer was never a part of the language of my life. It didn't lurk in the corners of my childhood or adolescence. And when stories cropped up in my adult years, they belonged to someone else; friends of friends or the mother, aunt or sister of so-and-so.

Feeling Bad About the Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

Fran Visco | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Fran Visco

We, advocates, are leading this charge. We are setting the agenda, bringing the scientists and policy makers together, implementing plans of action and moving forward to the end of breast cancer. This is all happening, albeit difficult to see through that tsunami of pink.

Victoria's Secret: My Daughter Does Not Need a Thong That Says 'Call Me' On the Crotch

Carrie Goldman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

I have spent months trying to find Star Wars underpants featuring strong female characters for my tween. I'm still looking. If she were in the market for, oh, say, highly inappropriate sexy thongs, she would be awash in options, such as Victoria's Secret's "Bright Young Things."

If You Give a Girl a Hammer

Carrie Goldman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

It's easy to fall into the gendered trap of assuming that hammers and nails are the preferred territory of boys, but my 5-year-old daughter attacked this building project with more enthusiasm than I have seen her show in weeks.

Harrods' New Toy Department Makes A Big Statement

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents

London department store, Harrods, appears to have taken the musings of 4-year-old Riley Maida, who railed against toy marketers to stop forcing pink ...

Why We As a Culture Are in Love With Women Who Drink

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 10.02.2012 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

Call them recorders of life. Call them absorbers or mirrors. But don't call them renegades.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter (& Where I Found My Girls)

Deborah Stambler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Parents
Deborah Stambler

It's fascinating to watch my girls develop into young women -- to see their sexuality, intellect and self-awareness grow. It's also scary to recognize that our influence in their life is waning.

Do We Need A Princess Recovery Program?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Forget girls, parents are the people who need a Princess Recovery Program.

Pick a You, Any You: The Emotional Cost of Living Online

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.18.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Where did we become convinced that the faux is any more acceptable than the real? And why do we so readily buy into the idea that the images everyone else is presenting are any more real than our own?

Turning 'Little Princesses' Into Empowered Women, With The Help Of Men

Lori Day | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Lori Day

This article has been co-written with Michele Sinisgalli-Yulo of Princess Free Zone. It's hard to admit it, but we need you. We need you to join the ...

Teaching Girls They're More Than a Pretty Face

Rae Pica | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

Early childhood professionals can play a part in helping young girls grasp that they are more than how they look. And they can start with how they talk to girls!

17 Smart Books You Must Read This Summer

Lisa Bloom | Posted 09.13.2011 | Books
Lisa Bloom

How do you find great books to read? Here's a reading list of books that will stir you, provoke you, keep you up at night and make you late for work, and get your grey matter sizzling.

Raising Wholesome Children in Today's Culture: 10 Tips for Parents

Lori Day | Posted 08.15.2011 | Women
Lori Day

Following the publication of my recent Huffington Post article, "It's Time for the Global Village to Stand Up for Our Children," I feel much less alon...

Cinderella Ate My Man-Eating Tiger Daughter

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books
Hilary Levey Friedman

Is it possible that it is Amy Chua who has gotten it right? If parents don't let a little bit of their Tiger selves come out early, it's possible that Hymowitz's Cinderella model will reign supreme.

The Future Of Women And Girls

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

The wound that is being created and perpetuated by our cultural distortion and commercialization of female sexuality needs to be -- and can be -- stopped.

Here's the Skinny: I Don't Want My Kids Eating a "Lowfat Diet"

Susan Weissman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Instead of telling our children that 'too much fat is bad' and 'being fat is bad,' maybe our message should be "Eat good fat."

The F Word: The Femivore's Real Dilemma

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura Flanders

The latest women's movement story from the New York Times Magazine has a farming theme. "The Femivore's Dilemma" by Peggy Orenstein describes how some...

Facebook And Kids: Are Their Brains Ready for Social Networking?

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

As a mother, I have recently discovered Facebook. My kids knew about it long ago and I poo pooed it as another mindless waste of time. Finally, I join...