Like A Girl

Moms On The Front Line

April 19, 2011

Last Friday morning I was sitting in a conference room at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, listening to Abigail Disney speak about her documentary films and about her belief in the importance of telling women’s stories. She made a film about women and war, she said, because women have historically been written out of [...]

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The Pirate Problem: On Pirates, Princesses, and the Hypocrisies of Kids’ Play

March 1, 2011

I’ve been reading Peggy Orenstein’s book about the tyranny of princess culture among little girls – Cinderella Ate My Daughter, which could, I think, actually be the title of an early draft of the Grimm Brothers’ version of the original story – and it is fascinating and thought-provoking and all those things that usually attend [...]

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Motherhood: Scarier Than A Barrel Of Rabid Badgers, But Twice As Fun

February 22, 2011

Motherhood can be scary, you know? Even when you’re not grappling with complicated demons, even when motherhood presents itself to you more or less straightforwardly, it’s scary, because it’s just so loaded, because children are so small and they get sick and they seem so fragile and you always think that you don’t know what [...]

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There I Was, Rocked Me Like A Hurricane

December 10, 2010

TEDWomen was an idea-hurricane, an inspiration-avalanche, a brainwave tsunami, a tornado of provocation and stimulation, a force of nature – if nature wore high heels – a force to be reckoned with, a thing to make your heart pound and thrum and swell and your head throb from the magnificent pressure of all those ideas, [...]

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All Which Isn’t Singing Is Mere Talking

December 8, 2010

“Every girl in the world deserves the chance to pursue her hopes and dreams.” – Hilary Clinton, TEDWomen, Washington D.C., December 8, 2010 Every girl does deserve that chance. My girl deserves that chance. This girl deserves that chance. All of these girls – and these boys; yes, boys too (our liberation requires their liberation, and [...]

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Through A Glass, Brightly

November 29, 2010

My mother always told me that I was beautiful. “You are a beautiful, beautiful girl, sweetie,” she would say, and I would reply – with much eye-rolling and heavy sighing – “you’re my mother. You have to say that.” I knew that I wasn’t beautiful, not in the way that princesses in fairy tales or [...]

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Little Wing

November 14, 2010

Dear Emilia, Today, you are five. This is both totally extraordinary, and utterly ordinary. Which of these it is varies from minute to minute: in one moment, I look at you and think, when did you become such a big girl? Where did that little baby go? Where has the time gone? HOW IS IT [...]

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Two Roads Diverged In The Kindergarten Woods…

May 26, 2010

We first faced this dilemma last year, when we were considering moving Emilia into a more formal preschool, and I wrote about my anxiety over the decision then. We decided against it for the time being, but then the school called us just this past week to ask if we’d consider enrolling her for kindergarten. [...]

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