Redefining Girly

Redefining Girly

How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, From Birth to Tween

Book - 2014
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Containing practical, specific parenting advice; strategies for effecting change with educators, store managers, corporations, and more; and tips for challenging and changing the media, this essential guide gives parents the tools they need to fight back against the modern stereotyping and sexualization of young girls
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781613745526
Branch Call Number: 305.2308 Ward
Characteristics: xiv, 237 pages ; 23 cm


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May 04, 2014

You don't have to be a card-carrying member of the feminist movement to be disturbed by the ubiquitous presence of products and messages bombarding today's young girls -- products and messages that stereotype along gender lines and sexualize girls from a very early age. Have you shopped for a newborn gift lately? I was frustrated myself in discovering that it's nearly impossible to find products that don't polarize genders immediately from birth -- baby boys wearing colors and clothing depicting toughness, bravery and strong personality, while girls are stuck with clothing that communicates sparkly sweetness, vapid cuteness and, well, frailty.

Melissa Wardy wrote this book in an effort to assist parents in combating the barrage of messages being sent to young girls -- messages that limit what girls should aspire to be or look like, messages that prescribe the personalities girls should have, and messages that suggest what colors or toys girls should find appealing. And she is right: once you begin to notice the phenomenon, you start seeing it EVERYWHERE. Wardy has advice for parents who wish to initiate conversations or address concerns with a child, family members, friends (and their parents), teachers and retailers, and many valuable sample talking points are included.

Thank you, Melissa Wardy, for writing this book! I also recommend Peggy Orenstein's Cinderella Ate My Daughter for additional reading and insight into this discouraging shift in our culture.


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