Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween [NOOK Book]

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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. Activist Melissa Wardy shares tangible advice for getting young girls to start thinking critically about sexed-up toys and clothes while also talking to girls about body image issues. She provides ...

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Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

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Overview

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. Activist Melissa Wardy shares tangible advice for getting young girls to start thinking critically about sexed-up toys and clothes while also talking to girls about body image issues. She provides tips for creating a home full of diverse, inspiring toys and media free of gender stereotypes, using consumer power to fight companies that make such major missteps, and taking the reins to limit, challenge, and change the harmful media and products bombarding girls. Redefining Girly provides specific parenting strategies, templates, and sample conversations and includes letters from some of the leading experts in education, psychology, child development, and girls’ advocacy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613745557
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 785,412
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa Atkins Wardy is the founder of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that sells empowering and inspirational children’s apparel and products, and Redefine Girly, a blog focused on the issue of the sexualization of girls. She is the cofounder of The Brave Girls Alliance, a gender equality think tank and advocacy group dedicated to communicating with and influencing media, corporations, and retailers. She has appeared on CNN, FOX News, BlogHer, and in Ms. Magazine. She lives in Janesville, Wisconsin. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the writer and director of the documentary film Miss Representation and the founder of MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action movement that provides women and girls the tools to realize their full potential.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    I am a long-time follower of Melissa Atkins Wardy's work, a freq

    I am a long-time follower of Melissa Atkins Wardy's work, a frequent participant in her Facebook community at Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies, and an academic with a background in media research. I had high hopes for this book and was excited that she would finally have all her thoughts written down for people who are new to the issue of media's influence on children. But I was worried that since I've been immersed in these issues for over a decade, this book would not offer me anything new. 

    I am happy to say that even as a "veteran", and even as a parent of only boys, I got a LOT out of reading this book. What I have always appreciated about Wardy's approach is that she recaps her own real-life experiences as a parent and provides "scripts" of how she interacts with children (both her own and other people's). 

    I know what kinds of people I want my boys to become, but since they are preschoolers, I often find it hard to talk to them about it at their level. Wardy has the words. And now she's shared them with all of her readers, enabling us to find new ways to talk about the difficult issues of gender representation, respect for others, and self-confidence in the face of peer pressure. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Whatev

    No one needs this. Stupid

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    I was blown away at everything I learned from this book. I have

    I was blown away at everything I learned from this book. I have a very girly 4 year old and my eyes are very wide open to everything around us now. There are also TONS of resources in this book, as well as recommendations for additional reading, which I loved. I have recommended this book to anyone who has children, not just little girls, as there's so much beneficial information for any parent to glean from these pages. 

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