Frozen: Subverting the Ice Queen

Yesterday afternoon, my sometimes-collaborator, always-friend Megan (whose reviews you can read at Review To Be Named) and I went to see Frozen. Because I’ve been otherwise occupied, I hadn’t kept up with the buzz about the film and so I didn’t really know what to expect. Overall, I loved it a lot. There are some obvious … Continue reading

Halloween Costumes for Girls

When I was a small child (~3-5), I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid. It was my favorite movie–and the first I saw in the theater. For Halloween one year, a friend of my mother’s handmade a Little Mermaid costume for me. It was amazing. I wish I had it to show it to you. … Continue reading

French Senate Bans Child Beauty Pageants

In further pageant news, according to a New York Times article, the French Senate has passed legislation that would ban beauty pageants for girls younger than 16 years old.  The ban was folded into larger legislation aimed at promoting gender equality, which now moves to the National Assembly for further discussion and a vote. The … Continue reading

Pinterest, Feminism, and a Museum of the Weird

Last year Amy Odell at Buzzfeed posted an article, “How Pinterest is Killing Feminism,” which spawned related articles such as this one at Feminspire. I’m going to sidestep how annoying it is that everyone wants to say feminism is dead or dying all the time. (It’s alive and well, thanks. And online. #Femfuture) The articles, … Continue reading

Royal Baby: Why I Hoped for a Girl

Okay, I really like Kate Middleton for the mostly superficial reasons any commoner who likes her likes her. I was never big on the royal baby bandwagon, but I still kept hoping for a girl.  When is the last time this royal family produced a girl, anyway? Here’s why: 1) In my mind, this child … Continue reading

Julie Andrews on Princesses

Julie Andrews visited The Colbert Report on Tuesday to promote her newest book The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart. Stephen Colbert does such great interviews, in my opinion, because he asks what sound like skeptical questions, but actually sets the guest up to explain what he or she is doing in very clear terms for … Continue reading