Dr. Rebecca Hains

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An Open Letter to Justin Lookadoo

By Jennifer Shewmaker and Dae Sheridan  Dear Mr. Lookadoo, We (along with most of the internet) recently heard about your presentation at Richardson High School.  The students’ outrage shed light on your views of the “dateability” of children and how…

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Disney’s Obamacare “inspiration” not as great as it sounds.

An article praising Disney World went viral on Facebook on Thursday. Brimming with excitement, the article reported that unlike companies that have cut part-time employees’ hours to avoid providing them with health insurance, Disney was “inspired”: Taking a “different approach,”…

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LISTEN: Rebecca Hains discusses “FYI (If you’re a teenage girl)” on The Shift with Mike Eckford

UPDATED Sept. 6, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.: Last night, I was a guest on CKNW AM Vancouver’s The Shift with Mike Eckford, chatting about my response to Mrs. Hall, raising compassionate sons, and the sexualization of teenage girls. My segment is…

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Stride Rite’s gendered marketing persists. But why, and what can we do about it?

Last April, I posted about how Stride Rite positions girls as pretty and boys as active. After seeing their in-store advertisements and reviewing their product descriptions online, I concluded that according to Stride Rite, girls are meant to be looked…

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Redesigned Merida? #NotBuyingIt

Just my little contribution to the “I have no idea what I’m doing” meme … enjoy! P.S. Many thanks to Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss for including me in her Boston.comment piece here. My statement: Disney executives’ response to the Merida petition was…

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Disney responds to Merida petition, missing the point

Recently, Disney released a new, 2D image of Merida. This prompted outrage because the character’s design was altered, for no good reason. The new Merida has been “prettified”–made more conventionally attractive in a way that undercuts the character’s strengths, to the detriment of the children…

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But… the Little Mermaid gave up her voice!

Ah, Ariel. I love many things about your movie, particularly the music. But as a character, you made such poor choices. Giving up your voice to get a man? That set a really poor example for girls. In a society…

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