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Of #FastTailedGirls and Freedom

A tweet from the author as part of the #FastTailedGirls conversation on Twitter, which was started by Hood Feminism.

Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.

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Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance

Young audience members at a Secret Keeper Girl show.

For all its affirmation of little girls’ intelligence and humor, it’s hard to get past the mixed messages in Secret Keeper Girl’s modesty doctrine: We shouldn’t care about how the world perceives us, unless we’re talking about our clothing, in which case that’s the only thing that matters.

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The Disney Paradox: Advertising Princesses as Strong and Brave While Making Billions on the “Meek and Beautiful”

In an (almost) inspiring ad, Disney attempts to equate being a princess with being brave, strong, and generous. The ad is good but is it enough to counter the company’s own marketing machine that tells girls being pretty is most important?

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Recital Revelations: When it Comes to the Over-Sexualization of Young Girls, We Are the Problem

All the single children.

Last weekend I had a revelation. It was well into the second hour of an interminable dance recital and little boys were twirling little girls in mock romance while the audience cheered, and it hit me; when it comes to the sexualization of young girls, we are the problem. We are society. We are the ones who send our girls mixed messages. 

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Botox and Better Butts? What Messages Are We Sending to Young Girls?

A mom gives Botox injections to her eight-year-old daughter and a sneaker company markets butt-shaping shoes for young girls. What messages are we sending young girls?

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