Olympics Opening Ceremonies: Of Child and Nation

I watched the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics with a little girl who would not stop talking. It seemed sort of ironic because, in large part, the ceremonies focused on futurity and the child, using children as symbols for the nation and hopes for the future. Much ink has been spilled discussing the role … Continue reading

Bunheads: Dancing with Labels

Gilmore Girls is like comfort food to me, so when I heard that series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had a new series premiering on ABC Family, I had to watch it. So far I’ve found Bunheads pretty hit-and-miss. Sometimes the banter is spot-on and other times it feels forced or out of place. For example, in … Continue reading

Girl-Rearing in The Sociopath Next Door

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been reading Martha Stout’s The Sociopath Next Door. One of my goals on this blog is to demonstrate through many varied examples the ways that the conflicting messages we give girls about themselves and their social interactions can do far-reaching damage. So, here’s an example: “What happens to … Continue reading

Jellyfish: On Hiatus

I’ve been on vacation (but I’m in grad school, so I ended up working on vacation), so I haven’t been posting. I’ll be getting back into the swing of things this week as I start some hardcore reading and writing through July. Vacation was a trip to the beach with my family, my brother’s girlfriend … Continue reading