The news has come in that the “female scientists” Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will only exist as a limited edition set. Despite selling out almost immediately, it will not be released as a standard line.
Virginia Hughes analyses The Sexual Politics of Autism in her National Geographic blog; a meaty overview with lots of juicy links.
The new documentary I Am A Girl is about to screen, briefly, in Sydney and Melbourne. The film gives six teenage girls, each in a different country, the space to speak of their lives.
It’s this Saturday, so book quick!
Parenting expert, Steve Biddulph, who I am not a fan of for various reasons, is best known for his book, Raising Boys. Now Biddulph has begun calling attention to the plight of girls with the launch of his new book, Raising Girls. That’s nice, except man oh man, does this guy do some fabulous mansplaining. Check out these examples from… Read more →
Last night my family sat down together to watch Coraline, and I found myself instinctively grouping it with two other films centred on little girls navigating dark and strange fantasy lands, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
This rather highlighted in my mind exactly how rarely this happens in the media. Teenage girls as experts in their own experience?
From the press release: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Gro Brundtland and Mary Robinson will draw global attention to the neglected issue of child marriage during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York, 19-23 September. […] Each year, an estimated 10 million girls are married worldwide before the age of 18. That’s more than 25,000 girls a day who… Read more →
…except “Oh, for fuck’s sake.” Share this post? Related posts: All those people giving Lego the benefit of the doubt? Girls speak: on Harry Potter, Radio National, and how to fix a sexist screwup Quickhit: Needs More Glitter Newsflash: Toys Now Indistinguishable From Satire
Via pharaoh-katt, librarian Diantha McBride has a complaint about the number of girls there are in kidlit. Is she having trouble finding good books with interesting female protagonists? No. She is whinging that not enough boys feature in kidlit. She seems particularly appalled that there are female protagonists in books that aren’t specifically about female topics. Whatever they are. Shopping… Read more →
Girls Red Comics – And They’re Pissed! has a new post up! Check out Needs More Glitter, by Karen Healey. She is responding to this article, “Marvel Debuts Female Apparel and Cosmetics“. Karen writes: Anyway, I’m back, lured by the tantalizing scents of bad copy and casual sexism. Check this out: Marvel’s selling stuff to women now! Women!stuff! Only not… Read more →
Dissatisfied with lacy elastic garters as a salve for gender-neutral panic in the carers of baby girls, the market has come up with this hideously hirsute scalpgirdle: The splash page reads: Baby Bangs – for the girl who has everything. Except hair! I briefly wondered which was worse – the idea that baby girls need toupees, or this font abuse:… Read more →
Via The F-Word: this Pot Noodle advertisement is back. You’ll NEVER GUESS what company makes this. Unilever. Hard to believe, I know. They have no history of bigoted advertising at all, do they? Share this post? Related posts: Fat acceptance and Oppression Olympics fail on The Gruen Transfer Quickhit: Needs More Glitter Mount Franklin Breast Cancer ads. Let’s start a… Read more →
We are lucky to have the blogger from Fuck Politeness as a guest Hoyden this week. ~~~ Ok – ENOUGH! The other day I went to a doctors surgery and I read through a copy of a “womens” magazine. You know the ones? The ones with the “raunchy” info section? Having waited forty minutes already I thought I’d check it… Read more →