Seeing Ourselves: Good News for Girls

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How We See Ourselves “You don’t have to have pink toys if you’re a girl … That was the olden days. Now it’s 2014. Catch up, people.” How Girls Really Feel about Gender Roles and the Rise of Pro-Female Advertising Marvel Comics catches up with Kamala Kahn: Muslim, girl, superhero. Katie Driscoll, a photographer, didn’t see […]

The Song of the Girls Who Don’t Wear Dresses

O_Esther

By Esther Emery | Twitter @estheremery Ask me what I know of beauty, and I’ll tell you about black boots and spiky hair. Ribbed tank tops and belts as thick as highways. The color black, and weight, and thickness. I come from the tribe of girls who don’t wear dresses. It’s subtle now. These days, […]

Lipstick and Seminary

O_Amy

For a couple years in seminary, I didn’t wear lipstick. I twisted my long hair up tightly, wore dark turtlenecks and covered my eyes with glasses. I didn’t speak much in class unless I knew it counted toward my grade. In that case, I carefully planned what I’d say before opening my mouth. I didn’t want to […]

Free to Take Up Space

L_Bethany

On days I embrace my real authentic self, I’m a “strong personality,” as those around me (mostly) lovingly describe me. When I advocate, strategize, or call out the good and bad I see, I am 100% in the game. I often laugh and quote Michael Scott from the TV show The Office, who says this […]

Living With Disapproval

L_Kathy

I hate disapproval. I know we’re not supposed to use the word “hate” but the truth is that “dislike” just isn’t a strong enough word. Maybe “I can’t stand disapproval” is a better alternative. Regardless of finding the exact right word for it, I know this—I do all kinds of tricks to make people like […]