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Category Archive: Girls’ Studies

More Girls’ Studies

Many of you may remember that last year, I took a girls’ studies class, and regularly posted assignments to my blog.  You can see those past posts here. This semester, I’m teaching the… Continue reading

The Body Projects of American Girls Through Their Diaries

From the first few lines of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls (1997) by Joan Jacobs Brumberg, I was hooked. I loved the concept of doing research in girls’ diaries… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: Activism

I don’t know why, but I was surprised to think of girls as activists. However, after watching some TED talks by girl activists, I realized just how powerful their voices can be, and… Continue reading

She Is Malala

As most of you know, education is important to me.  I wouldn’t be pursuing a Ph.D. if it weren’t. Not only do I believe in education, but I believe in education for girls,… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: Violence

This week’s girls’ studies blog post is about the song “He Hit Me,” originally performed by The Crystals in 1962.  I also listened to versions by Hole and Grizzly Bear.  It was written… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: Oh, How I Miss the Mix Tape

Our focus in my girls’ studies class this week has been music.  The assignment is to make a “mix tape” of songs that were important to my girlhood.  I’m supposed to highlight and… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: Mediated Girlhood in an Archie Comic

I read a Life with Archie comic book for today’s post.  I’d never read one before.  In fact, I’ve read very few comic books in my lifetime, so it was an interesting experience… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: My Super Sweet Sixteen

The instructions for this week’s post follow: “I’d like you to compare what you learned from the Julia Alvarez piece [“Once Upon a Quinceañera”] with the episode of My Super Sweet 16 that… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: 1980s Barbie Glamour Home

This week’s girls’ studies blog assignment is to locate a cultural object related to girls’ play and analyze it with the following questions.  How do you know it is meant for girls?  What… Continue reading

Girls’ Studies: I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen

This week’s girls’ studies post is a critical analysis of the song “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music.   While my first reaction to watching this scene on YouTube was to… Continue reading