Memories of Girlhood: Girls can be menaces, too

“Come on, let’s go to the shop,” my Nan calls, “Put a coat on, you’ll catch a cold.” Eight years old, I refused to put a coat on. Dennis the Menace didn’t wear a coat. Dennis the Menace wore a striped top. Thirteen years later, still wearing striped...

Literary Girls: Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)

If you were a kid growing up in Britain in the late 80s/early 90s, you almost certainly read a lot of Roald Dahl’s children’s stories. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t like at least one of his stories, let alone never read them. His stories and characters...

Memories of Girlhood: Barbies

Who wants to be a Barbie girl? http://blog.hellodesign.com/2011/09/15/playtime-with-mattel/ Barbie: My Love-Hate Relationship with a Doll When I was little, I loved playing with Barbie dolls. My fondest memories of my sister include spending hours taking over the...

Builders and Babes in Toy Land, Part 2

http://thebreastmilkbaby.com/ A baby doll for learning about breastfeeding can be seen as either innovative or creepy. I’m a fan of breastfeeding. I think it’s rolled up with the other gender-based issues in our society. Toy stores and many parents groom...

Playing Outdoors: An Important Part of Girlhood?

Girls today have many options when it comes to toys and play activities. Just look at any online retailer with a page labeled “girls” and find everything from electronics to arts and crafts kits. While these playthings can be great, they seem to take away from the...

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