The Countdown to Black Friday is a crassly commercial appropriation of seasonal traditions.
You can’t instantaneously transform your toddler into a feminist, but you CAN provide her with valuable, life-long media literacy skills from an early age.
Viral video isn’t about what’s good for girls—it’s about the t-shirt company’s bottom line.
FOX 25 News explores “The Princess Problem” with Rebecca Hains.
Rape is not a joke. So why does the internet—and society at large—seem to regard it as funny? Reactions to one woman’s “Rape Room” allegations fit a broader, disturbing pattern.
The Brave Girls Alliance wants advertisers to stop extensively Photoshopping models’ bodies. The practice contributes to a public health crisis encompassing serious emotional, mental and physical health issues.
Rebecca’s new book, The Princess Problem, hits stores Sept. 2. It’s full of powerful strategies to raise media-literate girls who can thrive in a princess-saturated world—and beyond.
Little girls love everything about princesses: the beautiful dolls, the romantic love stories, the glittering play clothes. But girls’ princess obsessions bring more than pink sparkles into their lives: Pop culture princesses are part of an enormous and powerful marketing…
For more than a decade, girl power has been a cultural barometer, reflecting girlhood’s ever-changing meanings. How did girl power evolve from a subcultural rallying cry to a mainstream catchphrase, and what meaning did young girls find in its pop…
Dr. Rebecca Hains is a children’s media culture expert. She is a professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., where she is the assistant director of the Center for Childhood and Youth Studies. Her research focuses on girls, women,…