Dr. Rebecca Hains

Category: society


Princess Leia is a general now. But why isn’t she in more toy stores?

Children’s products still underrepresent heroic women like Leia.

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Why boys should play with dolls

No one is surprised about seeing dads with strollers anymore, yet biases with toys persist.

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Target will stop labeling toys for boys or girls. Good.

Yes, your daughter can play with blocks, and your son can play with dolls.

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Balancing princess culture with significant women: A reader report on raising empowered girls

Empowering the Next Generation: Women’s Day A guest blog post by Katie Grant In today’s world, most girls go through a princess phase: princess outfits, tiaras, shoes, curly hair, makeup, nails, the whole nine yards. I went through that phase, even though…

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Princess Awesome Kickstarter Signals a Cultural Tipping Point

Princess Awesome dresses

Princess Awesome’s traction may be a cultural referendum on the relentlessly monochromatic girly girl culture we’ve lived with for more than a decade—a signal that we’re approaching a cultural tipping point on the subject. And that’s a good thing.

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Discrediting #BlackLivesMatter with ambulance concerns is disingenuous. Here’s why.

Boston-area #BlackLivesMatter protesters made national headlines today by chaining themselves to roadway railings and 1,200-lb construction barrels, bringing traffic into Boston on I-93 N and S to a halt during the morning commute. According to a press release posted to the…

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“My daughter punched her daughter”: A reader report on white privilege in elementary school

In the past year, white families have become increasingly aware of the fact that people of color continue to be mistreated in U.S. society. The shootings of black men and youth like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Brown, coupled with campaigns such…

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