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Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween Paperback – January 1, 2014
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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
"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." —Metapsychology.net
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I am happy to say that even as a "veteran", and even as a parent of only boys, I got a LOT out of reading this book. What I have always appreciated about Wardy's approach is that she recaps her own real-life experiences as a parent and provides "scripts" of how she interacts with children (both her own and other people's).
I know what kinds of people I want my boys to become, but since they are preschoolers, I often find it hard to talk to them about it at their level. Wardy has the words. And now she's shared them with all of her readers, enabling us to find new ways to talk about the difficult issues of gender representation, respect for others, and self-confidence in the face of peer pressure.
So many of her suggestions are easy to incorporate into your daily life, even if you don't have children at home. Most of us have children in our lives and we can help them see their wisdom and their real power.
Melissa helps us with ways to have real conversations with kids and how listening to them shows them we value them.
Read this book from cover to cover or pick it up and read any section you open it to. Either way, you will learn something you can put into action right away!