Inspirations for the next essay on gender and pre-school

  1. Yvonne Brill’s obituary.
  2. Deborah Kogan’s life in publishing. Or, why the publishers made her call her first book, “Shutterbabe.”
  3. Seanan McGuire’s response to being accused of too much self-promotion in regards to the Hugo Awards. She promoted herself once. But she’s a woman, so …
  4. What Disney Princesses really teach girls.
  5. Bratz.
  6. Underwear.
  7. Elizabeth Smart.
  8. The great cover posing of Jim Hines.

And then of course the famed Joss Whedon quote:

Q: So, why do you write these
strong female characters?
A: Because you’re still asking me that question.
I’m feeling surly.

Edit: 9. Thanks to my friend Dawn, this piece on Carolyn Heilbrun.
Edit: 10. Thanks to Jay, “What’s wrong with Cinderella.” A thoughtful piece from 2006.
Edit 11. Thanks to Kurt, we have the Vatican (2009) calling the washing machine the liberator of women.

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