What Bizarre and Depraved Things Did You Subject Your Barbies To?

If you have been on the Internet in the past few weeks, it's likely been brought to your attention that Barbie, a little hunk of plastic shaped like a woman with synthetic hair on it, appeared in Sports Illustrated. Many feminists see this unholy union as a perfect reification of the problems with both crumbling… » 2/21/14 1:20pm 2/21/14 1:20pm

The Glorious, Unmitigated Hysteria of the American Girl Doll Store

"This place is three floors? Oh my God," a wide-eyed dad let slip after taking a quick pic of his gleeful daughter. "Holy cow," he added a moment later, still unable to process what he'd gotten himself into. Clearly someone had not been properly prepared for the sublime majesty of the Fifth Avenue American Girl Place. » 12/19/13 4:05pm 12/19/13 4:05pm

My Daughter Was Teased for Wearing 'Boy' Shoes on the Soccer Field

Today, during a soccer game, a kid on the opposing team made fun of my four year old daughter's 'boy' shoes. I am so sick of this shit I could scream. It is crazy to me that people actually say, actually believe it's "natural" for girls "want" pink stuff. My God, I'm honestly surprised my daughter has stuck with her… » 10/30/13 6:20pm 10/30/13 6:20pm

Super Brave Woman Tumbls Diary From Her Slut-Shamed Adolescence

Once you get some chronological and emotional distance from the arbitrary cruelty of middle school, it's easy to write off your tormentors because these days they're posting Facebook selfies of themselves drinking sizzurp as their toddler watches Caillou in the background. But that shit, in real time, was rough. » 4/27/13 1:30pm 4/27/13 1:30pm

Being the Last One Picked in Gym Class Really Messes You Up

I was deemed hopelessly unathletic by a jury of elementary schoolers when I was six years old — before I ever had a chance to learn how to kick or dribble or catch — because I was the tiniest girl in my class. I'll never forget how it felt to be picked last by my peers during P.E., day after day, year after year, the… » 2/19/13 2:00pm 2/19/13 2:00pm

How Can We Make Middle School Less of a Piece of Shit?

People always talk about high school being this caustic bog of despair that ruins lives and haunts adolescence, but that's clearly because they've developed selective amnesia to block out the FUCKING HELLSCAPE that is middle school. Nobody talks about middle school much. I mean, it's right in the name—"middle"… » 10/29/12 2:35pm 10/29/12 2:35pm

Child Brides Are the Heartbreaking Subjects of Photojournalist…

Today, October 11, 2012, heralds the first International Day of the Girl Child, which the United Nations Population Fund, working in concert with VII Photo, will observe with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York featuring photography and video productions from Jessica Dimmock and Stephanie… » 10/11/12 9:15pm 10/11/12 9:15pm

Six-Year-Old Girls Say They Want to Be 'Sexy'

Today in bleeeeeeeeuuuuuurrrrrrrrrgh, a new study in the journal Sex Roles suggests that girls as young as six years old are concerned with appearing "sexy." As in, sexually attractive. To other people. With their bodies. In public. At the risk of getting all preachy about "the children," I'd like to invite you all to… » 7/19/12 3:30pm 7/19/12 3:30pm

Transit Workers Save Nummy the Bunny from a Grisly Locomotive Death

A gruesome new chapter was nearly added to The Velveteen Rabbit Wednesday when a 3-year-old girl dropped her stuffed bunny, Nummy, on the tracks at the Green Stop in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. As Nummy languished on the tracks, waiting for an oncoming train to grind his cotton-polyester blend tummy to dust,… » 6/09/12 3:00pm 6/09/12 3:00pm

Type 2 Diabetes Is Latest Threat in Ongoing Destruction of American…

It seems like practically every day brings a new reason to worry that we're accidentally killing our children with newfangled diseases and ensuring the downfall of our society. Obviously, the growing rates of obesity found in children have long been a concern, but now a new study has found that type 2 diabetes, one of… » 4/30/12 3:00pm 4/30/12 3:00pm

Obesity Rates Plateau, So at Least We're Not Getting Any Fatter

It's pretty clear that we, as a country, are more overweight than we used to be, but exactly how bad is the problem? Are we in the midst of an unchecked obesity epidemic that is going to cause us to burst at our seams? Or is this whole thing overblown? Luckily, we have some new, high-quality data from the CDC to shed… » 1/18/12 6:20pm 1/18/12 6:20pm