Monthly Archives: July 2014

awesome identity

The Danger of “Boys Will Be Boys”

Why this phrase should be banned from our vocabulary   Written by Elizabeth J. Meyer Contribution by Sangeetha Ravichandran   I’ve had a couple of different conversations with the teachers at my child’s preschool about some of the aggressive behaviors a few of the children have been exhibiting. It has been most alarming to wake…

nice girl

How I Learned To Stop Being So Nice

Written by Michelle Denise Jackson Contribution by Anushya Badrinath   Growing up, I was a very nice girl. I was always the one who went out of her way to help her friends. I would loan them money, offer them advice, give them rides, and help them with school assignments. I usually did not expect…


Girl Things and Boy Things…

It so happened once that one of my boy cousins had forgotten to pack his shoes when visiting us. I happened to have a spare pair of brown shoes which I offered to loan to him for that day. His response was astounding. “Chi! These are girl shoes! I won’t wear them!” And they weren’t…

Like A Girl

Like A Girl

The phrase “Like A Girl”  being used as an insult is a hard knock against any girl’s self-confidence. This ad highlights that in a manner of showing how adolescent young girls see themselves.



Last week, while sitting at a café waiting for a friend, I overheard (eavesdropped rather, since I’d finished with BuzzFeed) snippets from another table’s conversation. Since I don’t know the participants’ names I’m assigning numbers: Girl #1: ‘That movie was so sad! I’m still tearing up! I can’t believe you didn’t shed a tear! Girl…

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