Maybe the production values aren’t exactly of Disney caliber, but I love this vid of little girls doing a Princesses poetry slam. Thanks to feminist fatale, Claire Mysko and Cleo Anderson
Archive for March 2011
Yeah, I’m happy that Abercrombie pulled the words “push up” from its bikini top for 7-year-olds. But they did NOT actually pull or change the product. So who ultimately won? There is NO REASON a 7-year-old (or 10-year-old or….) needs to be enhancing her breasts. There is no reason for a CHILD to wear a swim suit that doesn’t let her comfortably swim. It is offensive, sexualizing, encouraging a warped conception of self, femininity, identity, sexuality….Having said all that, it’s clear that THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO RAISE HEALTHY GIRLS WITH A POSITIVE, HEALTHY SENSE OF BODY AND SEXUALITY CAN HAVE AN IMPACT!!!! They think we’re stupid. They think they’re placating us. Don’t let them get away with it. The next step is to say not just “oh no they didn’t,” but “oh no you DON’T.” NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!! Contact them via their website (there is a category for [...]
Pamela Redmond Satran, from nameberry, wrote to me that she was at a grocery store in Virginia when she heard a little girl begging for “Princess Yogurt.” Her mother said there was no such thing, but guess what? Yoplait makes pink, strawberry Disney Princess yogurt cups for kids! So here you have two products that seem initially benign, even healthy, but in truth NEITHER of them is. Consider the nutritional info on yoplait. Yoplait lists a variety of percentages on its site–calcium, protein etc. Sounds good, right? Sounds like Disney saying princesses are a “developmentally appropriate way for girls to expand their imaginations.” But again: look beneath the surface and you’ll find out that the second ingredient is sugar. A 4 oz cup of yoplait princess yogurt has about the same amount of sugar as a 4 oz serving of Dryer’s Grand Vanilla Bean ice cream. Hey, does that make [...]
I sometime wonder whether Abercrombie really expects to sell stuff like their push-up bikini tops for 7-year-olds (see below) or whether they just make them to piss off parents and get instant street cred among kids. Or maybe they purposely push the bounds of good taste so that by comparison something we would’ve found sexualizing and inappropriate before now looks demure and acceptable by comparison? I mean, I can’t REALLY believe they think it’s a good idea to put a 7-year-old in a tiny bikini bottom and a padded bra…… Thanks to Emily Bartek for exploding my head with this one.
After that long and fascinating interchange here on I [heart] boobies I was convinced that that campaign MEANS well even if I find how they spend their money to be completely misguided (and I still stand by that). It was totally worth my (our) while to engage with those folks and I hope that they listen and rethink both how their message affects those of us who’ve been through cancer treatment AND how they spend the funds they’re raking in with those bracelets. And then I read this post on ”uneasy pink“: “I had a sickening interesting experience on facebook over the weekend. First, some background. Last Pinktober, I posted about my personal disdain for the name of an organization, Feel Your Boobies. I believe it trivializes and sexualizes breast cancer while spitting in the face of people who don’t find breast cancer to be so cute. The founder of the organization commented on [...]
Walking by Baby Gap yesterday I was pleased to see the company has broadened its palette of girls’ infant clothing. Some great stuff in black & white (though the one-shouldered ruffled shirt and the eyelet vest are way too Toddlers & Tiaras for my taste). I was feeling pretty good about that until I noticed the “I love my skinnies!” sign in the front window, over a little toddler-sized mannequin. Seriously? Toddlers are all big diaper-butt chubbies. And they are SUPPOSED to be! I do buy “skinnies” for Daisy because she’s tall and lanky and they are the only ones that reach her ankles without falling off of her waist. So they’re not skinny on her. They’re normal-looking. But doesn’t calling them “skinnies” does send the message to kids from toddler to tween that being underweight is desireable? What about the girl who doesn’t fit into skinnies? Is she a [...]
I just received a press release on this. If a single guy in this video can answer ANY of the following questions, I will believe that he cares about breast cancer activism and not just the free pass to drool over jugs: 1) What does “awareness” of breast cancer mean, anyway? Awareness of what precisely? What are we not aware of? 2) Why, given that the American Cancer society no longer endorses self-exam as useful for ANY woman is the I ♥ Boobies/Keep-a-Breast Foundation raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote it among young women (for whom it was NEVER recommended)? 3) At what age are most women diagnosed with breast cancer? 4) Precisely where does the money raised by I ♥ Boobies/Keep A-Breast foundation go and how much do they keep as profit? 5) If a your girlfriend or wife were diagnosed with breast cancer and needed a [...]
I had no idea that troll dolls were originally marketed to boys. I guess they were sort of unisex, now that I think about it. No more. The big tip-off? They added a Z to the end. Now it’s trollz. And any time you see that “z” it’s trouble. Girlz power is the power to shop; it’s narcissism and materialism masquerading as confidence; it’s the pink t-shirt with a crown for a 3-year-old that says “give me the credit card and no one gets hurt”; it’s girlhood as a marketing land grab, femininity as a consumer experience. So when we were kids, we thought trolls, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Holly Hobbie and My Little Pony were cute, just as they were. Why do today’s girls only respond after a thin-and-pretty makeover? Trolls Then Trollz now.
For weeks I have been talking about how child-friendly versions of Greek Myths and the complexity and wonder of the Greek Goddesses can combat Princess culture. These Goddess Girls books, published in 2010 and apparently getting popular with 4th-8th graders, were no quite what I had in mind! (thanks Marjorie Ingall) Aphrodite The Beauty: “Aphrodite is sick of the attention from all the godboys and worries about her good friend Athena. So, she decides to give Athena a make over! It all works out until Aphrodite’s crush Ares starts paying more attention to Athena than to Aphrodite.” Persephone the Phony “As Persephone’s mother encourages her to do, she often “goes along to get along” instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He’s the first person who actually listens to [...]
Maybe you haven’t heard of Monster High yet, but you will. It is Mattel’s biggest product launch since Hot Wheels in 1968, so you can imagine. The hope is that girls, who, these days drop Barbie as too babyish by the time they’re 7, will grab ahold of these undead Bratz dolls. But it’s not just dolls, of course–it’s clothing, books, school supplies, bicycles, TV, eventually a feature film. Think of how many products have Barbie plastered on them. Now imagine them with these characters. But a video, in this case, is worth a thousand blog posts. Here is a typical Monster High webisode. Remember, it’s for 8-year-olds. Especially jaw-dropping: the “smart” zombie girl (you know she’s smart because she wears GLASSES) is not only totally uncool but can’t move or speak properly. I mean, SERIOUSLY?????