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


Melissa Wardy

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January 1, 2014

Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pal and Ballcap Buddies has written a wonderful handbook for parents trying to navigate the maelstrom of sexualized and stifling gender messages marketing to girls. Redefining Girly begins with Wardy’s account of her own transformation from an exasperated mom to effective activist. The rest of the book is packed—and we mean packed—with practical and concrete advice for parents who are trying to counter the damaging stereotypes for girls. Topics include creating a stereotype-free home, talking to girls about body image and fighting back against the companies that produce and perpuatate harmful products and messages. Wardy also offers strategies to help parents with many of the real-life challenges we face when we try to raise counter-cultural children, including advice for getting friends and relatives to respect your values, and navigating the potential minefield of birthday parties. In addition to Wardy’s excellent advice, the book’s also includes “Letters from Experts” (including CCFC’s Susan Linn) on a wide-range of topics related to raising healthy girls.


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