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For Your Must-Read List: ‘Redefining Girly’

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” (Chicago Review Press, 2014) delivers vital, realistic,… More

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Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

by Melissa Atkins Wardy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Consumerism, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book delivers vital, realistic, actionable tips and ideas for helping parents navigate the challenges of raising a healthy, confident girl in today’s stereotyped and… More

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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who… More

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Humane Education Activities: Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

A couple years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity looking for the prevalence of men, women, and people of color as authors of articles in different sections of… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: Taking Back Halloween Costumes for Women and Girls

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 31, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every year as the consumerism machine cranks out more stuff in anticipation of Halloween, the blogosphere and selected news outlets discuss the growing paucity of costumes for women (and younger and younger girls) that aren’t… More

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Human Rights, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

A blog established by university professor Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”… More

Magazine Scheme: Are We Here?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 21, 2013 | Filed under Communication, Consumerism, Health, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students explore articles, images and ads in magazines targeted to teen girls to explore messages about women and girls and the effect of those messages on young women and men. (The activity can also be… More

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The Changemaker Trap That Actually Makes People Resist Positive Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 6 Comments | Published on September 30, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Last night I had dinner with some new non-vegan friends and colleagues. I was the only vegan there, and it came out that they’d been a bit concerned that I’d pull out my “vegan police”… More

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Humane Education Activity: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 26, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? Especially at the beginning of the school year, as students meet new fellow-students, teachers, and others in the school community, it’s… More

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“Boys Can’t Do That!”: 3 Activities for Exploring Gender Roles with Young Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“He can’t have a doll, he’s a boy!” “Girls can’t be firemen!” “You’re not a boy. You have long hair!” Our attitudes about gender develop very early. Studies show that by age two children begin… More