Redefining Girly
Redefining Girly

Redefining Girly

How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween
By Melissa Atkins Wardy, Foreword by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781613745526

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2014)

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Overview

All-pink aisles in toy stores, popular dolls that resemble pole dancers, ultra sexy Halloween costumes in tween sizes. Many parents are increasingly dismayed at how today’s media, marketers, and manufacturers are sexualizing and stereotyping ever-younger girls but feel powerless to do much about it. Mother of two Melissa Atkins Wardy channeled her feelings of frustration into activism—creating T-shirts with girl-positive messages; blogging and swapping parenting strategies with other concerned families; writing letters to corporate offenders; organizing petitions; and raising awareness through parent workshops and social media. Now, in Redefining Girly, Wardy shares her hands-on parenting and activism strategies with others dedicated to raising a confident and healthy girl in today’s climate. She provides specific advice and sample conversations for getting family, friends, educators, and health care providers on your side; getting kids to think critically about sexed-up toys and clothes; talking to girls about body image; and much more. She provides tips for creating a home free of gender stereotypes; using your voice and consumer power to fight the companies perpetuating them; and taking the reins to limit, challenge, and change harmful media and products.

Reviews

“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

"This eye-opening tome is an absolute must-read." —Starred review, Publishers Weekly

“Grounded in her own experiences as a mother and activist, Melissa Atkins Wardy offers honest and clear strategies to help girls define and decide what being a girl means to them. This is a vital guide for supporting girls as they navigate the rising tide of gender stereotyping.” —Deborah L. Tolman, professor of social welfare and psychology, Hunter College School of Social Work and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and cofounder, SPARK

“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

"If you have a girl, or are a teacher, you should absolutely read this book." —Coming of Age in the Middle

"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

Author Biography

Melissa Atkins Wardy is the founder of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that sells empowering and inspirational children’s apparel and products, and Redefine Girly, a blog focused on the issue of the sexualization of girls. She is the cofounder of The Brave Girls Alliance, a gender equality think tank and advocacy group dedicated to communicating with and influencing media, corporations, and retailers. She has appeared on CNN, FOX News, BlogHer, and in Ms. Magazine. She lives in Janesville, Wisconsin. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the writer and director of the documentary film Miss Representation and the founder of MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action movement that provides women and girls the tools to realize their full potential.