On Wednesdays, we get together with some grad student friends for happy hour (the early bird special might be a more accurate description). We are all in psychology but from a mix of sub-disciplines, years, and life experiences. Lest I get sappy here, suffice it to say, Wednesdays are a blend of friendship and mentoring among some pretty darn educated, wonderful women. We talk about gender a lot — because it’s a personal interest of all of ours, because it’s my research area, and because we are women in science. Last week we moved our discussion to the movie theater. I used my most endearing/forceful tactics to get us to see Divergent.
Back to our regular schedule next week — I’ve been busy lately with grad school and my dissertation. This weekend I got to present some preliminary elements of my dissertation in a local research exhibition. I actually won an award for it, so that was kind of cool. More importantly, I had the delightful opportunity to talk to families, parents, grandparents, and all kinds of interesting people about the exciting research I’m doing in gender and early STEM learning. It is interactions like these that fuel my passion for research in early gender and STEM, and for connecting that research with families and educators. THANK YOU all for being the source of these interactions as well!
Yesterday on our Facebook we linked to a New York Times article about the push for “girls’” archery options. With more and more books and movies prominently featuring strong, female leads with mad archery skills, it’s no surprise. We’re thrilled that this is something for which girls and boys are clamoring. But, if you read the NYT piece, you also know that “girls’” options are just what the Pink Aisle has led you to expect: pink, sparkly, and stereotyped. Today we’re covering some gender-fair options instead.
Genius. Someone must have read both of our (gender-related developmental psychology) work and invented the doll we’ve been dreaming about. We’ve been scooped! …kidding, mostly.
We are so excited this day is here. It is Frozen-Is-Out-on-DVD-Eve. Hopefully you already know the songs by heart but if not, today is your last day to learn them before every day after that when you can sign along with the DVD itself. In celebration, let’s take a look at a post about Frozen from a few weeks back.
This week we are revisiting some Caldecott Medal-winning favorites. Early in the week we featured Owl Moon. Today we take a look at Mirette on the High Wire, a long-time Fair Play favorite.
I recently asked my mother to select some of our family’s favorite picture books. Raising four children of their own and now two grandchildren, my parents’ collection has become well-honed over time. Every book that remains seems to have a distinct purpose – a lesson to learn, gender fair and anti-racist representation, or beautiful illustrations and rhythmic text. Needless to say, competition for this short list of favorites was hot. Today we’ll talk about one of the winners (and Caldecott award winner), Emily Arnold McCully’s Mirette on the High Wire.
Back in September we were thrilled to feature a new kids’ clothing company with the mission to produce alternatives to the gender stereotypes in the “girl” aisle. Girls Will Be released their Ts and sweatshirts in the fall. We love these shirts – they are a wonderfully gender fair alternative to the usual fare. Now, Girls Will Be is back with a Kickstarter campaign to produce shorts!
We haven’t featured many books on Fair Play and frankly, that’s an oversight. We love to read, a passion kindled by Fair Play Supermom and dad and their dedication to providing a constant stream of new reading material. We’re going to make a concerted effort to feature more books on Fair Play, beginning today with the Caldecott Medal-winning Owl Moon, by Janet Yolen. Later this week we will revisit another favorite Caldecott Medal Winner, Mirette on the High Wire.
This week we are revisiting some favorite posts geared toward talking about gender. Monday we took up how to discuss gender fair values in your family. Today we examine talking about gender with prospective new parents.
I was out at a bar with a Fair Play Friend and some of his friends when the following exchange occurred:
Fair Play Friend: So do you know if it is a boy or a girl?
FPF’s friend: We’re not going to find out. You don’t get too many surprises in life.
I was floored.
This week we are returning to some previous posts about how to talk about gender. First up, a post about handling gender fair values in your family. Later this week, how to talk (or not to) about gender with prospective parents.
This might come as a shock, dear readers, but not everyone is on board with this gender-fair business. Some people think differences between boys and girls should be encouraged. Others simply don’t see the harm that comes from not doing anything. Certainly the mainstream media is a culprit, but what about the people in your own life? What if, in fact, the gendered dialogue comes from family members, people whose efforts and affection are ostensibly directed toward your child’s happiness?