Meri Perra blogs about the challenges she and her partner face in trying to raise their girls with feminist values
Our daughters are joyfully riding the wave of a well-meaning but definite over-abundance of Disney Princess gifts they got for Christmas.
Part of the infestation includes a very big, very pink Disney Princess story book, the complete princess series, in point of fact, which comes with an infinite number of stickers that are now scattered all over our house.
The book is not all horrible, it’s just mostly horrible. Mulan is a brave hero who goes to war, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast gets trapped when she goes off to rescue her dad. (By which I mean, Mulan and Belle are less bad than the other stories.)Read more...
New documentary “challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.”
Scary quote from the trailer: “Little boys and little girls, when they’re 7 years old, an equal number want to be president of the United States when they grow up; but then you ask the same question when they’re 15 and you see this massive gap emerging.”
Debuting on the newspaper comic strip circuit in 1941, crime-fighting, catsuit-wearing Miss Fury has the honour of being the first female superhero. She was followed by Wonder Woman six months later, and since then, superheroines from Catwoman to Aquagirl have made their marks in the world of comics as well. Trina Robbins, who edited the collection of Miss Fury reprints, discusses the role of women in comics, and that got us thinking about strong, smart female characters in general. And reminded us how anticipatory we are for Brave. (You’ve watched the awesome Brave trailer, right?)
Here are some of our favourites:
1. The Unprincessy Princess
Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (1980)
1. This mom gives her autistic son marijuana. She says it soothes her son’s gastrointestinal pain and decreases violent outbursts. She says based on hatemail, she won’t be up for Mother of the Year anytime soon, but hear her out.
It’s the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Yeah, a lot has happened in those 100 years — the right to vote, the right to stand for election, the right to choose, the right not to be treated like some Sterling Cooper secretary, but it’s not enough. If you haven’t seen the excellent Dame Judy Dench-Daniel Craig video, take a look:
But you don’t have to be James Bond to make a point about equal rights. Here are some of our girl heroes doing their thing and being awesome: