• gender

    In defense of Disney Princesses

    There are probably great reasons to hate Disney, but the reason I keep hearing recently is because it gives little girls the wrong messages. In some ways, I agree with this. If you summarize many of the Disney stories the messages are quite creepy. However, I also think this is a reason people need to be a little nuanced and careful. It is way too easy for people to go from criticizing the message that Disney princesses give, to criticizing the love little girls have for Disney princesses. Not all little girls like them, but many do, and on behalf of those that do, I think we should be aware…

  • books,  gender

    Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

    My six year old and I sat down the other day to read Rosie Revere, Engineer together. The story tells of a second grader who likes to gather up trash which she takes up into her hideaway to use in her inventions. She keeps her creations a secret because she’s been laughed at before, but when her great-great-aunt Rose (the Riveter) comes to visit she risks letting her aunt into the secret in order to try to fulfill her aunt’s dream. It gives an opportunity to discuss who Rosie the Riveter was and about how women took over in factories when the men were away at war. There is also…

  • books,  gender,  politics

    “If you Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie” by Art for a Democractic Society

    I bought the book “If you Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie” by Art for a Democratic Society because a facebook friend recommended it, and I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I recognize the spirit of the book. I recognize that they are trying to rebut the crazy “gay marriage will lead to bestiality and people forcing you to marry them” nonsense by saying no, gay marriage will lead to good things, and as expected they followed the pattern established by Laura Numeroff where one (good) thing leads to another. What I didn’t expect was that the book would erase all earlier civil rights history and portray gay marriage as…

  • gender,  memes,  politics

    reminders why feminism is still relevant

    It has been one of those weeks where I think about feminism lots. And basically as a married, white woman living a rather isolated life as a homeschool mother and social activist, I’m pretty protected from a lot of the problems women face in the world. So I can forget about feminism for lengths of time, while I homeschool my children and go about daily life. But then little things remind me more, why I need to make reading and improving my feminist analysis a bigger part of my life. I think about how we women are supposed to feel grateful if our husband’s do any housework or show an…

  • gender,  how do we know what we know is true

    thoughts in response to the “dating tips for feminist men” by Nora Samaran

    I’m neither a feminist man nor in the dating scene, but I found this post about dating tips for feminst men by Nora Samaran very interesting. I love the way it captures some of the ambiguities and challenges of life. Listen to your emotions, trust them, but at the same time know that your emotions might be defensiveness and learn to be uncomfortable. Value others, recognize our interdependance. I like the emphasis about on being honest about emotions (and valuing others emotions). I still struggle with having the courage to be honest about my emotions, and deal with the fear I feel about expressing my emotions. Will other people think I’m…