Please tell your daughter she’s pretty.

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Powerful Ad Shows What a Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty" runs the headline on the Huffington Post, describing a new ad by Verizon.Before we even watch the video or form an opinion, let's remember one thing. The real, true, deep down message of this ad is that you, the viewer, should like Verizon. Whatever societal goals it may have, it's an ad. It is trying to sell something, and so it's a given that the message it's sending is calculated to stroke the egos of the v … [Read more...]

Some Beauty

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Yesterday, we went to another lovely concert at the public high school that my oldest two kids attend.  As usual, I was stunned at the variety of music presented:  old and new vocal and instrumental jazz, medieval hymns, funny arrangements of secular Christmas songs, even a Sephardic song about the sighting of a star at the birth of Abraham.  And they were good.  They opened with the entire band playing "O Come All Ye Faithful," and then the various choirs filed in, singing, from both sid … [Read more...]

Tweaking Sleeping Beatuty

"And this, boys, is how to get under a girl's skirt!"

Here's an enlightening though spoilerific commentary on the new Disney princess movie, Frozen.  Gina Dalfonzo liked the movie well enough (not everyone did), but thought the denouement of Prince Hans was unnecessarily cynical and harsh. She says (REMEMBER, I SAID SPOLERS): The naïve and lonely Anna has fallen in love with and become engaged to Hans in the course of just one day. As her other love interest, Kristoff, tells her, this is not exactly indicative of good judgment.However, there i … [Read more...]

Barbie alternatives!

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We are doing some Christmas shopping today, and I just discovered that Melissa and Doug make what look like very nice dolls for girls.  We've always had good luck with Melissa and Doug products.  They are sturdy and pleasant.  (Not a paid endorsement or anything. We just like Melissa and Doug.)These dolls are 14", so a few inches taller than Barbie - but Barbie clothes wouldn't fit anyway, because the M&D dolls aren't rail thin with giraffe legs. Don't get me wrong. With seven daughters a … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Allure of Either/Or

I wrote today's post in forty-second increments all morning long.  If it makes any sense, it'll be a miracle.  But hey, the title rhymes!  Awesome! … [Read more...]

Girls Cannot Give Consent

In the third world, they stone a girl to death for being raped.  In the United States, we just give her rapist and de facto murderer a slap on the wrist, and reassure the world that she was asking for it.Think I’m exaggerating?  Cherice Morales was fourteen when her 49-year-old teacher began to rape her.  Three years later, she killed herself. The reason her story is in the news is because her rapist, Stacey Rambold, got 30 days in jail for the rapes.After Morales killed herself, Rambold … [Read more...]


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