Sarah Marie (mangofandango) wrote in vaginapagina,
Sarah Marie

MMMMonday! HuffPo piece discussion

It's MMMMonday, when we bring you special maintainer-curated content to enrich your VP experience! You can find this and other MMMMonday posts in the future by checking out the "featured-posts" and "mmmmonday" tags.

Lisa Belkin at Huffington Post raises the question: how to balance the message that gender is not what defines you with another common message given to young girls in an effort to empower them - that being a girl is awesome and "girls rock" and so on? "Girl power" versus freedom from a binary gender system fraught with stereotypes and gender-based expectations, in a nutshell. (It is definitely worth reading the piece for a better idea of the issues raised, but I'm paraphrasing. :))

What do you think about that? Do you think the two messages/aims are contradictory? What do you think of these two messages individually? If you think both are valuable, how do you think they can be balanced? I've seen a lot of discussion going on regarding this piece and I wondered what VPers would say!
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