Why I Hoped for a Girl

In 2011, right around the time I transitioned from earning a Master’s degree to my Ph.D. program, Peggy Orenstein published Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. Orenstein had made her career as a journalist by reporting on the issues that adolescent girls face and on her own … Continue reading

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

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