Entries Tagged as 'gender identity'

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

On Stage

Friday night Miles vomited twice in the car and when I pulled over and got out to clean him up I stepped in a pile of fire ants. I thought that was a sign to how the weekend would go. Last year I watched Nora suffer a stomach bug as her class danced in their [...]

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Photographic Memory

I spent Sunday afternoon digging through photographs at my parents’ house. The trunk that sits in their living room is filled with albums, filled with albums of photos carefully tucked in plastic pages that have protected the images for years. Holidays. Birthday parties. Summer vacations. First days of school. They are all sitting, perfectly posed [...]

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Just A Dress

Saturday night I tweeted “After watching the non-animated Grinch Nora said it was too much for her imagination. Then requested to watch it again. So perfectly her.” Because that really is Nora in a nutshell. That night, however, after watching the Grinch 1.5 times that day, she couldn’t go to sleep. “I keep thinking about [...]

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Why I’ll Miss The Princess Aisle

The small white feathers that float around our yard belong to fairies. Nora will swear it’s true. This summer, she’ll tell you, she and her friends saw a real fairy flying through the air, touring the school playground. And when they ran after it, trying to catch up to its magic, all that they found [...]

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

How I Compromised My Morals On Election Day

Or… Barbie for President! ****** I remember the blue curtains on the voting booths my parents cast their ballots in when I was young. During one election my mom let me come behind the wizard-of-oz-ish curtains with her and pull the red handle to cast her vote. I remember the first time I heard a [...]

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Sunday Reads: Princesses With a Sense Of Humor

Nora’s princess phase is slowing. She no longer comes home and dresses up in princess apparel each day; she no longer talks incessantly of all things princess; she saves her quarters for things other than princess dolls. She has declared that she wants to be a ballerina when she grows up, not a princess. But [...]

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

You Get What You Pay For

At the dollar store last week I gave in to Nora’s constant begging for a Barbie. It wasn’t a Barbie, really. It was her cheaper dollar store counterpart dressed as a mermaid and with a handy extra outfit that actually was quite modest by Barbie standards. Within minutes of getting her new toy home, her [...]

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


Her feelings were hurt today. In the back seat of the car on our way home she tried to hold back her tears as she told me about the boy in her class making fun of her princess ring she had worn today – the ring that she loves so much she hasn’t really parted [...]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Let’s Not Start The Princess Wars

I wrote this post after reading this article on the Huffington Post. Despite its title and sometimes right-on point about marketing to girls (“It’s not about anti-girly, anti-pink, anti-sparkle or anti-princess; it’s about anti-limitation.”) the tone was wrong. And It ruffled my feathers. Read it first if you wish. Or don’t….   I let my [...]

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Forget About Her Body, Why Does Barbie Have To Dress Like A Slut?

When I was a sophomore in high school, my mother and I shopped for a dress for my first formal dance with my first sort-of boyfriend. When we both found one we liked we bought it, with the understanding that my mom would sew a “privacy panel” onto the front of the dress to bring [...]

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