Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: Why Such a Stereotyped View of Girls and Boys?

What about gender? Sadly, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax breaks no new ground. In the original story, the three principal characters -- the Lorax, the Once-ler, and the child who wants to hear the tale of Lorax -- are all male and they remain male in the film. (Some people have called Seuss sexist because of the lack of gender balance in his stories, but I assume the predominance of male characters was more a sign of the times in which Seuss lived than actual overt sexism.) It would have been nice if the filmmakers, realizing the lack of female lead characters in children’s films, had taken a risk, changed it up, and placed a female in the role of hero/protagonist....more
Thanks Barbara. Having girls in secondary & stereotyped roles has become the default for the ... more

Today I Am a Mother

Today is my birthday. This morning my 2 ½ year-old son, Henry, handed a bouquet of flowers to me and said, “Happy Birthday Mama!” He proceeded to perform his trademark jig while singing a toddlerized version of “Happy Birthday.” This was topped only by the enormous hug he gave me afterwards. Today, I am definitely a Mother. And a happy one, at that. But for the first half of his life, I wasn’t really his mother. ...more
Excellent post. The intensity of PPD symptoms is not talked about enough. Hopefully this will ... more

Celebrate National Can-It-Forward Day With Jam

[Editor's Note: Following on the heels of this week's Pickling Party comes the first National Can-It-Forward Day, an event that will celebrate all of summer's preservation efforts. This event will feature live-streamed canning demos from Seattle's Pike Place Market to help those new to canning (or even veterans looking for some pointers) achieve preservation success. ...more
Great idea--a Can-It-Forward day. I made my jam last weekend-14 jars of blueberry, strawberry, ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Best Blog Posts from July 11th to July 18th

Back again for another installment of Stone Soup Mondays, an open thread that collects the best things you read on the Web and compiles them in one space to extend the lifespan of a great blog post by two weeks. If you missed this series in the past, please click here to read more about the impulse behind the idea. ...more

My take on a recent Wall Street Journal article about how TV producers are targeting boys: ... more

Keep Those Kids Reading This Summer

As children jump off the bus singing, “School’s out for summer,” parents everywhere begin to panic about keeping their children occupied during those long, hot summer months. I loved summer as a kid. It was easy, breezy and relaxed. I often curled up under (or in) a tree and read for hours upon hours. Of course, I didn’t have the wealth of technology at my fingertips that kids these days do, but I still think that summer reading is important for our children....more

Since my kids love books they don't need a lot of encouragement to read, but I still sign them ...more

"We’re Rescuing a Girl? Is She Hot?"—Gender Bias in LEGO Advertising

It’s been about two months since I shared my thoughts on LEGO and masculinity. The company responded to a letter I wrote, but, as I indicated in my post about their answer, it was far from satisfactory....more

Thanks for your comment. We all have different levels of tolerance for gender bias and I ...more