The Pinkification of Girls’ Toys

Check out this 1980s ad for the Barbie Dream House:The house is yellow, with a red roof. Click through for a similar ad from the 1970s (I couldn't imbed it, sorry!). Much like the 1980s depiction above, the Barbie Dream House is red and yellow. It's not that there's no pink at all in these products---there is. See the bathtub, and one of the cars. It's just that it's not at all overwhelming.Now, check out the same product, as sold today:The entire house is made up of shades of … [Read more...]


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My Pregnancies Cost Me My Hearing

I recently came upon a fascinating article from Mother Jones: Depending on the study, 50 to 80 percent of women who give birth experience tearing of the pelvic skin and muscles. For more than 1 in 10, the tearing is severe enough to damage the anal sphincter muscle, which often leads to the loss of bowel and bladder control. In a 2015 Canadian study, a whopping half of all new mothers were still reporting urinary incontinence a year after the birth, and more than three-quarters had residual b … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Goes Full Evo-Psych

What even is this? The Gospel Coalition posted an article titled, How Should We Think about Watching Women Fight Women? by Justin Taylor. The article is about the rise of female boxing. What's strange is how far it veers into typical evo-psych jargon before paying lip service to creation in the end. Yep---it's weird. Pugilistic sport has long been viewed as a largely male preserve. This isn’t an accident. The physical differences between men and women in strength and muscularity are exceedingly … [Read more...]


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On Losing General Organa

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting with a gathering of relatives sipping coffee when I idly checked my phone. A Facebook friend had posted a single word: "Fuck." Shit, I thought, what happened?! I checked the news, and there it was---Carrie Fisher had passed away that morning. I broke the news, and we all sat there looking at each other, slightly stunned. We grew up on Star Wars---well, the prequels, technically, but the originals will always be the gold standard, and well watched.But it … [Read more...]


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The Many Colors of Rogue One

When The Force Awakens was released a year ago, many people pointed to the diversity of the three young new rebel leads.Rey was a woman, Finn a black man, and Poe Hispanic. This diversity was especially striking given the whiteness of both the original Star Wars movies and the prequels---with the exception of Lando Calrissian in the former, and Mace Windu in the latter.Star Wars has always occurred against a diverse backdrop or both humanoid and non-humanoid characters, including al … [Read more...]


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Who Wants the Pink Cloth?

Like many of those who sew, I have a box full of cloth that leftover from previous projects. I recently went through this cloth, picking up each piece and brainstorming what I could make from it. I ended up with a stack of cloth remnants that were big enough to be made into pajamas. I called the children and began going through the stack, asking which one of them wanted which color."Okay, who wants the pajamas made with the pink cloth?" I asked finally.Both children answered at on … [Read more...]


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Meet the Inspiring New Women in Congress

My daughter watched videos about women's suffrage on repeat the week leading up to the election. She's only in second grade, but she's been fascinated by women's suffrage for several years now. When she was only five years old she sat down and watched an hour-long documentary about it, by herself. On Tuesday night, when she began to cry as I put her to bed, I told her about the brave female Senators and Congresswomen who will fight for her and for her friends. Hillary Clinton may have lost her … [Read more...]


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