Category Archives: Femininity

Roller derby, stickball, and natural childbirth

I recently attended a presentation of master’s theses by folklore graduate students. One concerned an ethnography of women who participate in flat track roller derby, and the role that their narratives seem to play in the importance of the sport … Continue reading

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Buy This Instead!

It would be very easy for me to spend most of my time between now and Christmas harping on all the stereotypical toys and ads swirling about. I realized this morning that Parenting Lesson 101 is Positive Reinforcement — give … Continue reading

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Aisle . . . sigh, every aisle

So I went to Barnes and Noble today . . .           The store was chock full of more gender-separated books like those I saw at the grocery store last week. For inquiring minds, girls search … Continue reading

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Men in skirts

New Buzzfeed article (translated from German) about a dad who wears skirts in solidarity with his five year-old son.                 My favorite line is a toss up between: “You only don’t dare to … Continue reading

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“Marriage” sermon suggests squashing girlishness “like a cockroach”

Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC (517 Glensford Drive  Fayetteville, NC 28314, (910) 868-5156) “Marriage Sunday” sermon – April 29, 2012 (full audio here) Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the … Continue reading

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Warrior Princesses

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook the last couple days. I could definitely see my own four year-old daughter asking this question; one of her favorite books is Brave Margaret, in which the heroine, faced with a sea … Continue reading

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