Poll: Do You Have Friends of a Different Race?

A recent poll conducted by Reuters reports that many Americans have no friends of a race other than their own. It’s not that surprising, given the dramatically different ways people have reacted to recent events such as the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting, or even last week’s Twitter trend #solidarityisforwhitewomen. ...more
@natalied6579 That's a good question. I don't think the original Reuters survey gave mixed-race ...more

Solidarity Is for White Women Takes Over Twitter

In case you weren’t on Twitter Monday night, you might have missed a big discussion about feminism and race, with the trending hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. Started by Mikki Kendall, who tweets under the handle @Karnythia, the hours-long stream shed light on the concerns of women of color that are rarely included in mainstream discussions of feminism. ...more
@Lisa Stone  @aurabogado THIS >> " And, as I wrote in 2005, I think it's essential for ...more

Grow a Backbone, Lady: Diversity in Young Adult Novels

A few weeks ago, I drove down to The Writers Place in Kansas City, Miss., (full disclosure: I serve on the board of directors) to talk to a group of around twenty upper middle-school kids about writing fiction. We ended up talking about race....more
Great discussion starter, Rita. I'm glad you are thinking and talking about this. Denise brings ...more

Teaching My Asian Kids The Power of "No"

I come from a culture where the word no is a bit of a taboo.It's not that we don't have the wordno in Japanese. It is iie (pronounced ee-ee-yeh). The trouble is, we don't often come right out and say it. Our culture is really big on saving face, both our own and that of the other party, so to just say no without much padding around it is not very cool.So, we Japanese have perfected the art of beating around the bush....more
It's great that you are raising your children with an awareness of the social norms of different ...more

Scholastic Makes Big Changes to Book Order Flyers: Should Our Kids Only Read Grade-Level Books?

Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about elementary school used to be? Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about being a parent of kids old enough to attend elementary school is now? Scholastic Book Orders! I remember sitting on the floor in my parents' living room, poring over the colorful pages, and circling everything I "had" to have this month. My boys now do the same. But this year, Scholastic Book Orders will have a very different look. ...more
Oh geez. I feel lucky when we have a teacher who even sets up the Scholastic book orders. We've ...more

Sparkly Shoes For Everyone! (or, let's do away with gendered clothing!)

Mir Kamin wrote a great piece about the recent flapdoodle over the “girls don’t do math” t-shirt being sold by The Children’s Place, which has just issued a “gosh we’re so sorry we didn’t mean to offend anyone” statement.  It’s great that they apologized, but it seems to me that it might be more cost-effective simply to avoid making clothing that promotes sexist stereotypes in the first place. Kamin points out that there are lots of clothes made for kids that have stupid logos or comments on them, but that not all these things draw such consumer anger. Where (and why) do consumers decide to shift from “nah, not gonna buy that stupid shirt” to GET IT OFF THE SHELF?...more
Great points about the gendered clothing choices for boys. I went to buy some pajamas for my son ...more

The BlogHer Fashion Show: Werk It! Who, Me?

When BlogHer Co-founder Elisa Camahort Page invited me to walk the catwalk in the BlogHer ’13 Fashion Show, my immediate reaction was, “OMG. Yes!” I had watched the first BlogHer Fashion Show in New York last summer, and made a mental note to myself: If I ever have a chance to walk the runway I have to do it. ...more
@Patton Thank you, and so nice to see you in person again!more

Can Desserts Be Healthy? 8 Tips for a Healthier Sweet Tooth, Plus 2 Recipes

Can desserts be part of a healthy diet? ...more
I never would have thought to put black beans in brownies. They're pretty much high-protein, ...more

The BlogHer Fashion Show: Werk It! Who, Me?

When BlogHer Co-founder Elisa Camahort Page invited me to walk the catwalk in the BlogHer ’13 Fashion Show, my immediate reaction was, “OMG. Yes!” I had watched the first BlogHer Fashion Show in New York last summer, and made a mental note to myself: If I ever have a chance to walk the runway I have to do it. ...more
@Arnebya  @JennaHatfield :) So nice to meet you in person, Arnebya!more

The BlogHer Fashion Show: Werk It! Who, Me?

When BlogHer Co-founder Elisa Camahort Page invited me to walk the catwalk in the BlogHer ’13 Fashion Show, my immediate reaction was, “OMG. Yes!” I had watched the first BlogHer Fashion Show in New York last summer, and made a mental note to myself: If I ever have a chance to walk the runway I have to do it. ...more
@alienbody So nice to meet you in person, too. And I'm a coffee fanatic, so I'm sure I'll see ...more