The best of the Interwebs

Here is my round up of the best articles I have found on the Internet this week. This will become a weekly friday column! I meant to Post it on Friday, but alas with Christmas craziness!

Mommy I want to be a Princess – NY Times. Naomi Wolf, author of the Beauty Myth, de-constructs the princess obsession, and explains why princesses are powerful, why the young obsession is not a bad thing, and why second wave feminists have the submissive narrative wrong. You don’t have to agree, but it is incredibly interesting!

Why do all the girls have to buy Pink Stuff – Youtube- Riley is a Youtube superstar now with this video where she asks why girls have to buy Princess stuff? The commentary on wether or not she has been coached is wide and varied, but most seem to think she portrays the way girls think now. To be fair, there are toys out there that are not gendered, and UK store Hamleys seems to have realised that placing toys in categories instead of gender could be more beneficial for kids and remove gendered stereotyping (though to be fair, the floors still seem to be arranged in the same Gender Categories to me, just with no colour identifiers). Perhaps Rileys folks could move there? OR international toy stores could follow suit! Read more here and here for both sides of the fence.

Sidenote – when I took my daughter to Hamleys in 2010 while we were in the UK she was quite confused as to why the store was divided into gender. A floor for girls, and a floor for boys. She thought it was silly. Good to see Hamleys thought it was a bit outdated as well!

Girls Will be Girls – The Independent. Katy Guest is investigating colour and the gender divide to navigate that ghastly task of christmas/ toy shopping for children. Refreshingly, Katy looks into the history of colour symbolism and gender (pink – a watered down version of manly red – for boys and blue for girls if you are a traditionalist).

PinkStinks – Website aimed at closing the gender divide and providing less colour segregated play for girls – or as their mission statement says Pinkstinks is a campaign that targets the products, media and marketing that prescribe heavily stereotyped and limiting roles to young girls. We believe that all children – girls and boys – are affected by the ‘pinkification’ of girlhood. Our aim is to challenge and reverse this growing trend. We also promote media literacy, self-esteem, positive body image and female role models for kids. Read their Blog here (In fact, their blog just made the resource list. Incredible stuff in there).

Image The Pink and Blue Projects, 2005-ongoing – JeongMee Yoon from Here

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