Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween


By (author) Melissa Atkins Wardy, Foreword by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 20mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1613745524
  • ISBN 13: 9781613745526
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 59,957

Product description

Containing practical, specific parenting advice; strategies for effecting change with educators, store managers, corporations, and more; and tips for challenging and changing the media, this essential guide gives parents the tools they need to fight back against the modern stereotyping and sexualization of young girls. Activist Melissa Wardy shares tangible advice for getting young girls to start thinking critically about sexed-up toys and clothes while also talking to girls about body image issues. She provides tips for creating a home full of diverse, inspiring toys and media free of gender stereotypes, using consumer power to fight companies that make such major missteps, and taking the reins to limit, challenge, and change the harmful media and products bombarding girls. Redefining Girly provides specific parenting strategies, templates, and sample conversations and includes letters from some of the leading experts in education, psychology, child development, and girls' advocacy.

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Author information

Melissa Atkins Wardy is the founder of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that sells empowering and inspirational children's apparel and products, and runs a blog of the same name focused on gender stereotypes and sexualization in childhood. Wardy discusses these issues facing families with thousands of parents using social media and workshops. She is also the cofounder of The Brave Girls Alliance, a gender equality think tank and advocacy group dedicated to communicating with and influencing media, corporations, and retailers. She has appeared on CNN and FOX News and in the "Boston Globe," "New York Daily News," "Huffington Post," and the "Ms. Magazine" blog, which have featured her work and her campaigns against national brands and retailers that resulted in the removal of sexist ads and products.

Review quote

"Melissa Wardy's book reads like a conversation with a smart, wise, funny friend; one who dispenses fabulous advice on raising a strong, healthy, full-of-awesome girl." --Peggy Orenstein, author, Cinderella Ate My Daughter "This eye-opening tome is an absolute must-read." --Starred review, Publishers Weekly "Melissa Atkins Wardy writes with incredible insight, respect and honesty." -- The Tribune (Greeley, CO) "Redefining Girly is as interesting as it is educational, and Wardy provides parents with an easy, at times step by step guide on how best to respond to various scenarios relating to girlhood." "Taking on the media's widespread stereotyping and sexualization of childrenparticularly girlsadvocate Wardy offers a thoughtful, comprehensive guide to raising healthy, happy, confident children. She includes a savvy take on the consequences of "princess culture," along with suggestions for gender-neutral toys, clothing, and parenting." Publishers Weekl , Best Books of 2014 "Grounded in her own experiences as a mother and activist, Melissa Atkins Wardy offers honest and clear strategies to help girls define and decide what being a girl means to them. This is a vital guide for supporting girls as they navigate the rising tide of gender stereotyping." Deborah L. Tolman, professor of social welfare and psychology, Hunter College School of Social Work and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and cofounder, SPARK