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 same class!  I have two wonderful and articulate students, and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing their blogs... Continue Reading →

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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 from the past in order to gain present understanding of how girlhood and the intimacies of puberty have changed over the years.... 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 that we all have a duty to be activists where we can. If we have a story, we should share it. If... 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, and some of the most moving books I’ve read are about this subject.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith... Continue Reading →

Girls’ Studies: The Violence Interrupters

I watched a documentary called The Interrupters (2011), which is about interrupting the violence occurring on Chicago’s streets. There are many organizations working to curb this violence, which kills many children each week, and one of them is The Interrupters. It is a group of former gang members who have decided to use their street... 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 by Gerry Goffin and Carole King when a popular singer of the time explained why she stayed with her boyfriend despite his... Continue Reading →

Girls’ Studies: Teen Pregnancy

There is a stigma surrounding teen pregnancy, and we see that play out in media representations of it.  Today’s assignment for my girls' studies class is to compare and contrast the portrayals of teen pregnancy from a documentary called The Gloucester 18 and an episode of 16 and Pregnant. The Gloucester 18 is about the... Continue Reading →

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