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Book Review: Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow Books, 2014. Gr. 9-12.

Traditional fairy tales merge with contemporary teenage girls in this collection of fifty feminist poems that artfully scrutinize the Western beauty myth. 316 more words

Book Reviews

Beauty Myths and Legends

A review of Savithri Machiraju’s “Ganapati Bappa Moriya” in Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling with Gods (Edge, 2015).
By Derek Newman-Stille

Ganesha is a Hindu god who has the head of an elephant and a plump body. 304 more words

Fiction Book Reviews

You have a beautiful body.

I think most of my generation was severely damaged by well meaning mothers who still (in a pitiful hold over from a less enlightened era) viewed our looks as our most precious commodity. 153 more words


Weekly Digest: Girlhood

I spent some time this week thinking about the experience of taking my daughter to see Cinderella.  When my students asked about what I thought about it, my response of “Oh, I have things to say” garnered a chuckle.   422 more words

- Beauty Myth -

None of this is true. “Beauty” is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West it is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.

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Books & Songs

On Being Naked

Is being naked a potentially radical and fulfilling act? Of course. What about posting clothing-less pictures of yourself online? Not so much, especially if you are a woman. 1,126 more words

A Narcissistic Society

In Greek Mythology there is the story of Narcissus who on discovering his reflection in a pool of water became obsessed with his self image. And the ego was born. 159 more words