Book Review: The Female of the Species

 If Veronica Mars is Philip Marlowe in teen girl form, Alex, the protagonist of The Female of the Species is Dexter. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis is one part revenge fantasy, one part teen romance. It pairs angst over stolen boyfriends and uncertain futures with more serious subject matter focused on grief, trauma, and … Continue reading

Book Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel Tease follows the court case following the suicide of Emma Putnam, holding the girls and boys who bullied her responsible for her death. The novel has a pulled-from-the-headlines quality, after cases such as that of Phoebe Prince, which lead to harsher anti-bullying legislation and the emergence of “bullycide” in popular conversations around … Continue reading

Sally Draper, Badass: Mad Men 6.12

In Mad Men 6.12 “The Quality of Mercy,” we see the fallout from Sally’s discovery about Don begin to unfold. I was surprised, however, that it came in the form of a request to go to boarding school. Betty senses that something’s up, but assumes it’s something more run of the mill than walking in … Continue reading

Evil Little Girls on Film

Since I spend so much time studying the portrayal of girlhood in popular culture, it was only fitting that for Halloween I post about evil little girls*. The portrayal of little girls as the potential or real villains of scary stories is not a new phenomenon. Consider Henry James’s masterful The Turn of the Screw … Continue reading