Unacceptable, Maxim

For the record, things like this are why I’m concerned: And, no, I don’t think most little girls are picking up Maxim. But teen girls might. And teen boys probably do. And these types of images and ideologies might be intended as a joke, but when it comes to how my culture treats and depicts … Continue reading

I Don’t Really Like Katniss Everdeen

For a couple years, I’ve been hearing that I should read The Hunger Games Trilogy. These suggestions from friends, conference attendees, and students were always prompted by a discussion of my work on The Twilight Saga. Having read The Hunger Games, it became pretty clear to me that the suggestions were in hopes of showing … Continue reading

On Theatricality

‘Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.’ – Julia Child In many, many of the books and articles I’ve read about girlhood, especially gifted or high-achieving girls, the issue of bossiness is brought up.  In “Who Cares if I’m … Continue reading