In 1991, My Girl, starring Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Macaulay Culkin, brought audiences precociousness, adorable coming of age tropes, some bizarre funeral home stuff, and so much crying. By the mid-90s it was playing every summer on TBS or TNT or whatever, just waiting for me to learn about becoming a woman … Continue reading
This is wonderful and well said!
Please see my response to the backlash against the backlash here: Click! [Quick update/clarification: Victoria’s Secret is pointing out that the Bright Young Things line is not explicitly for teens, it’s just part of their PINK brand. Nonetheless, their CFO has stated that they are marketing toward 15 and 16 year old girls (see below) … Continue reading
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
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
‘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
Last year at the PCA/ACA Conference, I presented a paper about Rachel Berry and Glee‘s portrayal of gifted girls, specifically the way the show reifies the notion that adolescent girls who are high-achievers in academics or other areas have to choose between being socially acceptable or nurturing their abilities. I’m kind of frustrated to see … Continue reading