What’s The Best Way To Talk To Little Girls?

I'm sure we've all done it. I know I have. We meet a little girl -- at church, a family reunion, or some other social function -- and the first thing we do is comment on how pretty she looks in that dress, or with that bow in her hair, or in those little shoes. This seems like completely normal, innocuous behavior. After all, what girl doesn't like to hear that she's pretty?However, Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World, argues that, while … [Read more...]

Teaching Children a Healthy View of the Human Body

The American Conservative's Rod Dreher is currently traveling through France and blogging about his experiences there. One of his most recent entries chronicles his family's visit to The Louvre, and discusses the challenges that all of the artistic nudity on display present when you've been trying to instill in your children the value of modesty. He writes: [W]e explain to them that the human body is beautiful, and that the art they’re seeing was created to explore the beauty of the human form. … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: The Body Beautiful

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Summer is creeping up on me fast.There are so many more wardrobe decisions that seem to come along with the warmer months. Hemlines sneak their way upward. Necklines slink lower. Tanks, camis, and tube tops beckon from hangers, promising relief from summer heat. Shorts, cropped tees, bikinis... Here we go again. How short is too short? How small is too small? A … [Read more...]