Let’s Not Stereotype Boys in Discussions of Pornography

The presence of pornography in children’s lives must be talked about, but we have to be careful how we frame the discussion. In making clear the plight of girls, we must not vilify and demonize boys....more

#OscarsSoClueless--Academy Has Lots to Learn about Representation

Racism was a big topic at the Oscars, and justifiably so. But what about the sexism evident in the host's jokes and in The Weeknd's musical performance?<!--break-->...more

Toronto Gave Drake a Key to the City?

Why has Drake earned so much praise--even a key to Toronto--even though he writes sexist and blatantly misogynistic lyrics? ...more
J-MOM Sorry for the slow reply! I thought I'd get notifications about comments but didn't seem ...more

Sex in Music: Grammy Edition (NSFW)

The existence of stereotyped, objectifying, explicit content in mainstream music is one thing. The rewarding of it is quite another. And that is where the problem lies for me. In this post I look at exactly what kinds of music is being celebrated by the Grammy Awards in 2016. NOTE: This post includes explicit language and imagery....more

Breaking News: LEGO Fails Girls (Again)

Oh LEGO. You’ve gone and done it again.In April 2012 representatives from your company met with SPARK.  After that meeting I had such hope that there would be change in your approach to toy design. Admittedly, I let things slide. I got busy and stopped paying attention for a while so I didn't know where things stood. Then today I saw this:...more

Drunk in Love: What Does This Video Say About Male Sexuality?

I wrote a post earlier this year in reference to Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show in which I asked all kinds of questions about whether her performance was empowering or objectifying. I recalled that post today when I saw a news item about her new video, Drunk in Love, which features her husband, Jay-Z. Out of curiosity about how she is presenting herself now, I decided to watch....more

Domestic Violence Affects Men Too

Hollywood actor Emma Roberts was recently arrested in Montreal on domestic violence (DV) charges. She and her boyfriend had gotten into a heated dispute that attracted the attention of other guests in the hotel where they were staying. Police were called and found Roberts' boyfriend, Evan Peters, with a bloody nose and bite marks. Ms. Roberts was then arrested and taken into custody, but later released when Mr. Peters declined to press charges....more

Kids' Swimwear: Boys Aren't Made to Look Sexy, So Why Are Girls?

"Here's what I want you focused on: Sexy adult swimwear (totally okay) being made into miniature versions for children as young as four (totally not okay)." These words appeared in a post by my friend Melissa Wardy written in response to a story about Gwyneth Paltrow endorsing designer Melissa Odabash's bikinis for little girls. As Melissa (Wardy) emphasizes in the piece, there is nothing wrong with age-appropriate two-piece bathing suits for girls, but shrinking a suit designed for an adult female body and placing it on a little girl is wrong....more
I find it interesting, my mother had me in bikinis when I was a little one in the 60's.  They ...more

Beyoncé at the Super Bowl: Empowered or Objectified?

Given that Super Bowl halftime is all about the spectacle and almost never about the music—hence the ridiculous stages with crazy technical features like last night’s pop-up screen that showed the audience multiple Beyoncés all at once—I figured that even if I didn’t like the music, I could witness the spectacle and maybe learn more about why Beyoncé is such a dominant force in music. On that score, I’m somewhat conflicted. ...more
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Disney's "Brave": Not for the Faint of Heart

The highly anticipated Brave arrived in theatres Friday. I was anxious to see what Pixar achieved with its first female protagonist so I snuck out for a matinée sans children. Having read on Common Sense Media that there were “a couple of scary sequences involving a large angry bear,” I also wanted to preview the film before letting my five-year-old son see it....more
I like Pixar and the idea of a heroine and a bear fight scene. I'll have to catch it.   I ...more
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