Dr. Rebecca Hains

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Does the “War on Pink” need to stop for boys’ sakes? No, and here’s why.

In a recent blog post on Girl w/Pen, professors CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges—sociologists whose work focuses on masculinity—make a strange request of their fellow feminist scholars and activists. “Stop the war on pink,” their headline pleads; “let’s take a look…

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Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

Venus de Milo, retouched

Many of today’s teenagers believe the Venus de Milo is “fat,” so I digitally retouched a photo of the famous statue to explore the issue.

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Anti-princess marketing and girls’ education: Mercy Academy vs. GoldieBlox

Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink. Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Princesses: They’re everywhere. Over the past decade, marketers have made “princess” a synonym for “girls. They use princesses as shorthand—a way of saying,…

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WATCH: Rebecca Hains discusses Lululemon body-shaming controversy on TV News

Yesterday, I discussed the Lululemon controversy (and the petition that Marci Warhaft-Nadler and I launched) with both FOX 25 Boston and WBZ-TV (CBS) Boston. Have a look! FOX 25 Boston: Salem State Professor to Lululemon CEO: Change Your Business Practices (4 minutes)…

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“Am I Pretty or Ugly” Videos a Symptom of Toxic Media Culture

In recent years, young girls have been posting videos of themselves to YouTube, asking one question: “Am I pretty or ugly?” Over 500,000 of these videos are online, and they’re heart-wrenching to watch. In addition to being incredibly sad, these…

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Boys and girls and baby dolls

I am supposed to be working, but instead, I am eavesdropping as my four-year-old son, T., and his friend, N., play together with his two baby dolls, Sully and Buddy. T. is walking around with Sully under his shirt. N….

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A response to Mrs. Hall: Teaching our boys respect and self-control

“FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)“* came up in my facebook news feed a lot yesterday. It’s being shared with such enthusiasm that I was eager to read it. I hoped its advice for teenage girls about their facebook activities…

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“Princess park rangers” and “Space princesses”: Because gender stereotypes are inescapable, even on vacation.

The school year is starting. Families are returning home from their vacation travels with souvenirs and many fond memories; children are eager to tell their classmates what they did on their summer vacations. But unfortunately, many families’ travels brought them…

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Disney faces backlash over new “sexy” Merida; pulls new image from web site as a result

UPDATE, May 16, 2013: Disney has stated that 1. the 2D image was never on their official web site in the first place (though, oddly, it’s all over the official Australia/NZ version of the Disney Princess site–which may have been the source of any…

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Halloween and the rise of sexy costumes for women and girls

For years, families struck a balance between store-bought and homemade Halloween costumes. But these days, DIY Halloween costumes are out; store-bought costumes are an $2.87 billion business. What does this mean for consumers? Well, for one thing, we’re seeing a…

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