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Pushing the Monster Away....the inner life of boys

Read this first in a series of articles taken from my journals and theses, about troubling challenges boys face in this culture…
Excerpts from Protectors and Warriors/Lonergan/2003…
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Stories From The Cottage

gender specific kids' book marketing, and The Independent UK's response

A year or so ago, my parents and I visited a chain bookstore in Vancouver, trying to find a good book for my four year old nephew. 427 more words

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of

A little less than 4 weeks ago, I had my second child, a daughter. I am over the moon to have her, of course (although all the comments about how wonderful a “pigeon pair” is or how I “can stop now” got old fast and made me extremely defensive of the imaginary little boy she might have been) and yes, I confess I have already been shopping for dresses and added butterflies to her bedroom wall. 1,792 more words


On Gender and How We Can Stop Boxing In Our Kids

Gender stereotyping is something I feel particularly strongly about on a large scale social level. I can say I feel strongly about smacking for example, but really that essentially remains between the smacker/smackee, it doesn’t have huge widespread social implications nor are you likely to be criticised regularly for going even slightly for against whatever the norm is in your particular area. 1,551 more words


The Pink / Blue Divide Strikes Again

I hope you can see this photo clearly enough. It shows a doctor’s set and a hairstylist’s set.

No prizes for guessing which is blue and which is pink.


Pink is for girls... (The Prompt Week 6)

Well it is, isn’t it? I wouldn’t dream of sending my boys out dressed in pink – it would just confuse everyone! Is that right? No of course not, but society says… 421 more words

Mother Musings

Breaking the Silence: A Ridiculous Question

Why do primary school kids line up in separate boys and girls queues on entering the school building?

Ok, not exactly a change the world, end gender stereotyping, ensure an egalitarian society for the future sort of question but it annoyed me this morning.

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