Fair Play fans, you probably remember that when we’re not blogging, we’re working on a PhD in developmental psychology. You might also remember previous posts (also here) about Goldie Blox, a new engineering toy for girls. Looking at how Goldie Blox affects girls’ interest in and attitudes about science is actually my dissertation. Anyway, I got a little press (as a nameless graduate student) in this recent article, just reprinted in my hometown paper as well (!). Exciting news, and the reason we haven’t been blogging quite as dutifully lately. Don’t worry, there are all sorts of great things coming!
Welcome to Getting Reel! We decided we were writing enough about movies that they merited their very own, named, on-going series (like Book Review for our posts about books, Game Night for games, or Gift Guide for our answers to your shopping questions!). Today we’re responding to a reader question about Disney movies. We’ve written before about movies – but always alternatives to the classic animated Disney movies. So what about Disney? As it turns out, my own interest in studying gender began in a high school film studies class (in a magical land, far far away, and also a long time ago). My capstone project for that class was a historical overview of gender in Disney’s animated movies. Naturally, I pulled up that paper to inform this post, and I have two observations: 1) Not a bad paper, teenage Emily! and 2) Disney’s history is a sensible place to start. Next week we’ll take on what Disney is doing more recently.
I have a lot of problems with Valentines Day. Valentines Day is not only a day of celebrating all things gender-unfair, via a hyped celebration of gender roles. It is also (perhaps even equally so) a day of consumerism. Adults spend a great deal of money proving to themselves they’ve realized their full and highest potential as (heterosexual) sentient beings by buying fancy gifts, dinners, lingerie, booze, and so on, for what is supposed to be the good of their relationship. Children are in on this action as well. It is expected that most children bring valentines to school (often the cardboard variety with Disney Princesses) to distribute to their classmates. These little cards often have candy or a treat attached but rarely much of a note. This whole charade in the celebration of gender roles. Now, if this all bothers you, you don’t have to celebrate Valentines Day. Certainly the choice to abstain is yours. But, can we fix it instead? I say yes, and yes we should.
Fair Play – ideas for a birthday present for a 7 year old girl?
Short, and to the point! Why yes, we do have some ideas. In particular, a new movie. Maybe packaged with some cocoa or movie snacks. Perhaps we are projecting our own desires right now, sitting in our office while it is sleeting out. In any event, today we’re going to talk about a few films by Hayao Miyazaki, an extremely talented film director, writer, and animator. His films have a uniquely beautiful visual style and a thoughtful, methodical pace to the storytelling. He generally incorporates a cast of strong heroines and gender-fair roles. Today we’ll focus on three in particular that we think are good choices for a young audience (girls AND boys).
We don’t talk too frequently about music here on Fair Play, and that’s mostly because there are so many great things to review for children, we don’t get to everything. It is probably also because we have the musical taste of a child stuck in the 1990s. You might remember Fair Play’s defense of Taylor Swift in which we revealed some personal details about our musical taste and discussed the importance of musical role models for preteens and teenagers. Today, by recommendation of our Fair Play Aunt, we have three excellent albums to review by Jessie Modic.
I was out at a bar with Fair Play Boyfriend and some of his friends not terribly long ago when the following exchange occurred:
Fair Play Boyfriend: So do you know if it is a boy or a girl?
FPBF’s friend: We’re not going to find out. You don’t get too many surprises in life.
I was floored.
It’s true that new babies can be born any time of the year, but it’s fun to talk about them this time of the year when the new year is still fresh and the weather outside is gloomy. We also got a Gift Guide letter about this, so why not? File this one away for the next new baby in your life if you don’t find it to be timely. Anyway, unless you’ve actually had a newborn child of your very own, it can be kind of daunting to shop for one. It can also be one of the most difficult arenas in which to fight the gender-fair battle. There is a lot of pink and blue, and also a lot of CUTE! So be forewarned, you will need to approach your shopping with your gender-fair mantras in-hand (in-brain?). Let’s take a look at some of the options.
Hi everyone and welcome to 2013! Oh, that happened last week? My apologies, we were on “vacation,” also known as school is out of session, so more time to work. School is back in session, we are back in the office, and Fair Play is back on schedule. Today’s post is more of a preview of what to expect for 2013, or at least the first half of 2013. Read on, and leave your requests!