Posts Tagged Children

The Feministing Five: Julia Neubauer

Julia Neubauer is the co-founder and CFO of the Ashraya Initiative for Children, an orphanage in Pune, India. Neubauer, who is originally from a small town in Austria, went to high school in India, where she was struck by how many small children she saw begging on the street, some of them orphans, but many of them begging to help support their families. While she was in high school, Neubauer volunteered at a local orphanage and got a taste for social justice work. She left India to go to college, but not long after she matriculated at Princeton, she got a call from one of her high school classmates, Elizabeth Sholtys. Sholtys had also volunteered in India on ...

Julia Neubauer is the co-founder and CFO of the Ashraya Initiative for Children, an orphanage in Pune, India. Neubauer, who is originally from a small town in Austria, went to high school in India, where she ...

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French Vogue fashion spread features sexy sexy children

They’ve been selling us women’s clothing using adolescent models for years, so it was only a matter of time before a magazine put couture on kids. An editorial spread in the December-January issue of Vogue Paris features more than a dozen pages of girls – not teenagers, girls – wearing couture, heavily made up and with their hair in up-dos.

The copy asks, in part, “What makeup at what age? How does one wear makeup at 13? What about at 70? Obviously not like one does at 20.” Styling a spread about choosing the right makeup when you’re 13 or 20 or 70? It makes complete sense to choose models who look like they’re about 9.

Predictably, the girls are posed in ...

They’ve been selling us women’s clothing using adolescent models for years, so it was only a matter of time before a magazine put couture on kids. An editorial spread in the December-January issue of Vogue Paris features ...

Kid-free flights? How about family-friendly culture?

Ever been stuck on a plane near a screaming child? Ever wanted to give that child (or their parents) a piece of your exhausted, legroom-deprived mind? Ever wished airlines could create child-free seating sections, or even entire adults-only flights? You’re not alone. Apparently, demand for such flights has increased lately, and the NYT posits that if some enterprising airline were to capitalize on that demand, we could soon see the birth of children-free seating sections or even a children-free airline.

An article in the weekend Times assesses the demand for and likelihood of child-free seating and flights. The article focuses more on the apparently childless people who are bothered by the screaming kids than on the parents who are probably ...

Ever been stuck on a plane near a screaming child? Ever wanted to give that child (or their parents) a piece of your exhausted, legroom-deprived mind? Ever wished airlines could create child-free seating sections, or even entire ...

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New report on the treatment of mothers and pregnant women in U.S. prisons

Yesterday the National Women’s Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights released a new report, “Mothers Behind Bars,” on the treatment of pregnant and parenting women in U.S. state prisons. The picture the report paints—like most glimpses into our broken prison system—is not a pretty one.

Yesterday the National Women’s Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights released a new report, “Mothers Behind Bars,” on the treatment of pregnant and parenting women in U.S. state prisons. The picture the report ...

Feminism for Beginners: Kids Movies

Okay, we’re all grown up now and there’s no need for this discussion, right? Wrong. Kids are often at that age where their opinions are forming and when they can distinguish reality from fiction and fantasy. So these movies do much to further a bit of debunking on gender stereotypes. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite films and critiqued them on a feminist level.

National Velvet (1944)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNsWrMc3Ep8

This film starring a young Elizabeth Taylor is a about a young girl that wants to compete in the male only Grand National, a horse race, accompanying her is her friend who masquerades her as a boy and her supportive mom who has remembered her own experiences with sexism when she swam across the ...

Okay, we’re all grown up now and there’s no need for this discussion, right? Wrong. Kids are often at that age where their opinions are forming and when they can distinguish reality from fiction and fantasy. So ...

Early deployments in the battle of the sexes

I had a short piece up at Slate’s Double X blog yesterday about the lessons I’ve learned this summer while teaching summer school. As those of you who follow me on Twitter might know, I’m teaching third and fourth grade English and writing, as well as SAT prep. It has been an exhausting, enlightening experience, one that has endowed me with a new respect for all the teachers I’ve had, from professors and TAs to coaches and singing teachers. It is hard bloody work, and it makes me want to look up all my favorite teachers and thank them so much for what they did, day after day, so that I could grow up loving learning (in the ...

I had a short piece up at Slate’s Double X blog yesterday about the lessons I’ve learned this summer while teaching summer school. As those of you who follow me on Twitter might know, I’m ...

Angelina Jolie responds to gender policing of Shiloh

I generally wouldn’t give more attention to the ridiculousness that’s been created by tabloids around this, but considering the larger impact these sources have, it’s worth noting. During promotion for her new movie Salt, Angelina Jolie just had to be asked about her and Brad Pitt’s child, Shiloh, who prefers to wear “boy’s clothes” and wear her hair short.

As many of you probably already know, entertainment tabloids have been gender policing the shit out of the 4-year old and claiming bad parenting as Angelina is “turning Shiloh into a boy.” (You must read Miriam’s awesome post about why this is absurd and fucked up.) So I was happy to see her bite back a bit ...

I generally wouldn’t give more attention to the ridiculousness that’s been created by tabloids around this, but considering the larger impact these sources have, it’s worth noting. During promotion for her new movie Salt, Angelina ...

More American women choosing to be child free

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, more women are choosing not to have children than did thirty years ago.

Nearly 20 percent of older women do not have children, compared to 10 percent in the 1970s…
“In recent decades, social pressure to play traditional roles has lessened in a broad variety of ways and there is more leeway for individual choice. This could play a part in lowering pressure for people to get married and bear children,” said D’Vera Cohn, a co-author of the report.
“Women have more options than in the past to build strong careers and to exercise the choice not to have children,” she added in an email.
…Cohn said another reason for ...

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, more women are choosing not to have children than did thirty years ago.

Nearly 20 percent of older women do not have children, compared to 10 percent ...

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