Dr. Rebecca Hains

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In Disney’s ‘Cinderella,’ courage and kindness are a victim’s strengths, but a film’s weakness

Ella’s “choice” to submit graciously to her stepfamily’s abuse is given no context in Disney’s new film, and that’s a problem.

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At Stride Rite, girls are pretty and boys are active.

A few days ago, one mom wrote about a conversation she overheard, in which her 6-year-old daughter’s classmate insisted that sparkly shoes are not for playing–they’re for looking pretty: “Your shoes are ugly,” said the kindergarten classmate. “No they are not,”…

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Can a Princess Dare to Dream of More?

“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – Pinocchio, 1940 For over 70 years, making dreams come true has been a major theme of Disney. Lately, princesses have been at the center of that theme–and with princesses…

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