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Wardy, founder of the children’s products company, Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, has been at the center of online discussions addressing gender stereotyping of children. Here she addresses how girls in particular are affected by sexualization and pink or princess culture. Much of Redefining Girly will be familiar. No fan of Barbie or Disney products, Wardy is indignant over the prevalence of princess attire and pink Legos. She does, however, provide guidance to parents who might be troubled over the rash of gender-specific parties and activities, and she points out the subtle manner in which sexist language, such as always referring to girls first as pretty or cute rather than smart or brave permeates our culture. Peggy Orenstein, Mary Pipher, and others who have written on similar topics are cited, and Wardy provides a useful bibliography for further reading. While Redefining Girly does not break new ground, and Wardy’s tendency to overreach can become tiresome, parents will find the book a quick read that may inspire them to pick up more substantial titles on the subject. --Colleen Mondor
“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
“With this book in hand, I no longer feel alone in my quest to raise girls who see a world full of potential. If you seek direction for raising a self-confident child, let this book be your compass.” —Samantha Ettus, Forbes contributor and founder of Working Moms Lifestyle
“Redefining Girly is a bold and essential contribution to the discussion about today’s ‘too fast, too soon’ girl culture. Wardy applies the latest research on media literacy, sexualization, and marketing to everyday situations parents face and provides practical strategies they can enact right now to raise strong, caring, confident daughters and to change a culture that devalues them.” —Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions
I have enjoyed reading Melissa Atkins Wardy's Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies blog for years. This book reinforces the ideas she presents on her blog and gives tons of real world... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leigha LaFleur
Every parent of a girl and professional that works with young girls should read this book.Published 7 months ago by LaurenCP
Very well-researched but written in approachable language. I love the practical tips throughout the book. A must have for any parent.Published 9 months ago by JVD
In this book on the perils of modern girlhood, Melissa Atkins Wardy announces the goal of “redefining girly” so that girls can understand that “there are infinite ways to be a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ready Mommy
This was such an amazing book. Melissa Wardy does a fantastic job of keeping the reader interested. She opens up a world of knowledge and completely transforms my views on media... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Renee
"Redefining Girly" is simplistic and narrow in its scope, and not particularly helpful to anyone who already has a basic knowledge of, or curiosity about, gender... Read morePublished 11 months ago by TC
A fantastic read to get parents thinking about issues that will impact both boys and girls. Full of practical suggestions for how to tackle difficult topics and help kids to push... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tara dSL