Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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Monday, November 12, 2007
You can kind of see the instructions on the Ginger box, but here's the easier-to-read version: twist Skipper's or Ginger's left arm, and her breasts grow larger and she gets taller (her waist lengthens). Apparently there was some controversy at the time (1975), but Skipper still went into production. Then later came Ginger.
I am, I admit, rather stunned by the outrageousness of this. The body image issues. The inappropriate puberty expectations. The bizarre plastic torso. I could go on.
Did you have a Growing Up Skipper/Ginger doll when you were a child? If you didn't, you probably did have some toy that you would never buy your child - as times change, so do our perception of the appropriateness of toys. So what toy(s) did you have that would be considered inappropriate by today's standards, either for safety or body image or some other reason?
Friday, November 9, 2007
This is too good, folks. A great educational clip to send to your teenage boys and girls to inform them all about what a girl's vulva looks like.
How old were you, female readers, when you finally realized you didn't pee out of your vagina?
Happy Friday and weekend watching!
Thanks to the folks at the Voices of American Sexuality blog for the head's-up about this video!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
These are all images taken during a fashion show at the Fourth Annual China Reproductive Health New Technologies & Products Expo. It was, rather unimaginatively, sponsored by Guilin Latex Factory, China’s largest condom manufacturer. But honestly, I can forgive a large amount of crass mass marketing when it results in wedding dresses made out of condoms.
Send some of these pictures to your teenager - and get started talking about how wearing a condom is both practical and stylish! :)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
What a lovely image of how not to talk with kids about sex! You always need to find out just what they're asking before you start answering - and then do so in as simple terms as possible!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
So late sleep times, combined with typical high school start times as early as 7:30, means that most teenagers just aren't getting enough sleep. That has all sorts of negative effects on memory, physical development, decision making, and other important things. But most of these things just don't have a big impact on a teenager's decision to try to go to bed earlier.
Finally, here is some research that might actually impact your teenagers to try to go to bed earlier.
It's been clear for a couple of years that adults who get less sleep tend to have higher Body Mass Indexes (BMI), but now it also appears that children who get less sleep in the 3rd and 6th grades are likely to have a higher BMI in 6th grade. Since this finding has held true on both ends of adolescence, my smart money is on it being true in adolescence as well.
But either way, most teenagers legitimately have a hard time going to sleep at a decent hour because of their brain chemistry. Don't be too hard on them because of it - they're probably already feeling the pain of not enough sleep without anyone else pointing it out.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I have to admit, this seems like an incredibly poorly conceived plan. Maybe I haven't heard all the details (certainly a possibility), and they actually do have everything well thought-out. But here are some of my questions:
- Paying students (with cell phone minutes) for good grades? Really? I could go on at some length here, but I'll leave it at that until another day.
- Part of the reason they're thinking about this is because parents are in an up-roar about the cell phone ban - in case of another 9/11 type emergency during school hours. How will this address that problem? The cell phones won't even work during school hours.
- Giving one cell phone manufacturer and one cell phone carrier access to all of the students in the NYC schools is rather like giving Coke exclusive access. It's an amazing deal for the company in terms of life-long customer-building, but a bad habit-forming gig for the schools to be taking part of, both in terms of the school's inflow of money and the students' development.
- What about the students with poor grades? Would they get any free minutes, or would they just have a useless piece of plastic to take care of?
- Who is responsible if the cell phone is lost or broken, as I guarantee they will be? Are the students required to maintain it? Is the school going to fix and replace the phones?
- I could go on. But I won't.
But now that I've slammed the idea at some length, what do you think? Please be honest! I'd be interested if anyone thinks it's a good idea, and to hear why.