On Not Banning Bossy

I, too, was called bossy growing up. I am still sometimes called bossy. Sometimes I call myself bossy. Sometimes I am bossy. Now that the seemingly required disclaimer about my own personal history with “bossy” is covered, I would like to say this: I think “Ban Bossy” is disempowering. This is not to say that … Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2014: Activities

Happy International Women’s Day! This morning I watched Girl Rising for the first time in a year and was just as moved as I was when I saw it in theaters. I’m spending the rest of my day doing edits on an essay about the feminicide and my dissertation prospectus about American schoolgirls in narratives … Continue reading

Girls and Oscar Night 2014

So, as I wrote about last year (Girls and Oscar Night 2013), given the general shortage of great, serious roles for girls in the film industry, 2013 was a good year for girls in film. (And for me, as I won the Oscar pool with my friends. 🙂 ) 2014, not so much. This year … 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

The Sally Draper Mystique

Spending the first portion of my summer sick in bed gave me the opportunity to do something I’d been meaning to do for sometime. I reviewed Mad Men in a condensed timeframe, watching particularly for the development of Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka). I’m drawn to Sally for various reasons. She’s a fascinating character for thinking … Continue reading