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Peggy Orenstein’s CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER

Peggy Orenstein’s book CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER wasn’t the book I hoped it would be – it was better.

I was hoping she’d knock the marketing giant flat on its exploitative keister and that her book would make a strong and irrefutable case against Disney’s shameless and relentless marketing to young girls – opening parents’ [...]

Club Penguin Quandary

I have a bit of a problem and I’m not sure what to do. A few weeks ago, one of my sons said, “You know what you could get me for Christmas, Mom? You could let me go on Club Penguin.” Club Penguin is an online social-network gaming website for kids. It’s been around for [...]

Happy days (unplugged)

Have you heard about Disney’s new endeavor, “Disney Junior”?  It adds ten hours a day of new television programming aimed at kids ages 2 to 5-year-olds.  Disney Junior, to be launched in February, will focus on storytelling and social skills, instead of the academic focus of many preschool shows. You see, Disney did some of [...]

Find us at NAEYC’s Annual Conference!

Today I am packing for Anaheim, CA, where I will be joining friends and colleagues at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Annual Conference. I’ll be there with other members of  TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) and we will be sharing our resources Media and Young Children Action Guide and  [...]

Empowered by People

It is easy to feel small and powerless when corporations like Disney bully and try to silence watchdogs and advocates such as Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (see story in yesterday’s NY Times). The small staff at CCFC works tirelessly on a small annual budget of $250,000, protecting childhood from corporate encroachment, yet have been [...]

Lessons from Disney

A few years ago, on the first day of school, I sat down at lunch next to one of my new kindergarten students. She pointed over her shoulder and told me, “That is the popular table.” I was surprised; the seats were pre-assigned. “What do you mean by ‘popular’?” I asked. She explained, “You [...]

Disney apples!?! Come on, give us break!

A friend of mine returned from the grocery store the other day and was shocked to see the bag of apples she had picked up were actually, Disney apples. Arrrgh! This frustrated my friend, who is not a big fan of Disney and is conscious of media influences on her kids’ lives. “I can’t even [...]