Erin McNeill

I am a journalist and the mother of two boys, a teen and an almost teen. I believe we need to act to protect all children from the toxic commercialism that is running rampant over their lives. We have to say “stop!” to the powers that are selling sex and violence to our children from infancy. We must educate ourselves about the insidious nature of marketing to children today, and we must give our children the tools they need to protect themselves from the effects of this bombardment of materialism, violence and sexualization that leads to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss of individuality, obesity, unhealthy relationships, and violence. We need to find our way through the wilderness of harmful messages to our children, for the well-being of our children, and for the future of our society.

Why I Started Playing Tennis at 43

Could 2011 be the year you take the first steps toward starting a new sport? For me, it all started casually enough three years ago. I was bored with my boot camp workout classes, and my husband suggested I join him in taking tennis lessons. ...more

Good for you! It's never too late to take up a fun sport. And it should be fun. Just working out ...more

Girls and Sports: The Power of Showing Real Women Being Strong

A few weeks back, I wrote about the positive effect it can have on girls to portray female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. For instance, here is a women’s rugby marketing campaign on campus that shows real women being strong. The campaign is for the club at Arizona State University. ...more

Glad to hear it! I bet your new ad campaigns will be very popular.

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Girls and Sports: The Power of Showing Real Women Being Strong

A few weeks back, I wrote about the positive effect it can have on girls to portray female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. For instance, here is a women’s rugby marketing campaign on campus that shows real women being strong. The campaign is for the club at Arizona State University. ...more

Someday Marina, someday! And thanks. Thanks for all your support.

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Girls and Sports: The Power of Showing Real Women Being Strong

A few weeks back, I wrote about the positive effect it can have on girls to portray female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. For instance, here is a women’s rugby marketing campaign on campus that shows real women being strong. The campaign is for the club at Arizona State University. ...more

This poster has been so popular! Now I want to know, How do we get more of these types of ...more

Girls and Sports: The Power of Showing Real Women Being Strong

A few weeks back, I wrote about the positive effect it can have on girls to portray female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. For instance, here is a women’s rugby marketing campaign on campus that shows real women being strong. The campaign is for the club at Arizona State University. ...more

It's so refreshing to see these pictures, isn't it? And the evidence shows that such positive ...more

She's 18 Next Month: This Mom Is Backing Away From Miley Cyrus Criticism

Miley Cyrus will be 18 next month. All this talk of containing the sexy is rubbing me wrong. I can't stand her music, and I've never been a fan of any of the Cyrus clan for myriad reasons. I was aghast at her behavior when she was 16. However, she's not 16 anymore, not a child. Now that she's a month from being old enough to vote and serve her country, any attempts to contain her sexy smacks of patronizing patriarchy to me. But this post is not a rant -- it's a question. ...more

Oh we are worried about what the barrage of sexualization says to our boys, mamalang. We are ...more

When Parenting Clashes With Medical Treatment: What Would You Do?

If you’ve never questioned medical or dental authority before, the idea that the dentist dismissed my family from her practice might surprise you. But if you’ve been gently asking the doctors and dentists and other health care providers who care for your children to intervene as little as possible, chances are this story is maddeningly familiar to you. To Dr Y's credit, she came to talk to me about her decision not to treat us. She argued, quite reasonably, that the minuscule risk of harm from the X-rays far outweighed the good they would do as a diagnostic tool in looking at my daughter’s mouth. ...more

I am really surprised the doctor refused you as clients. I have often turned down x-rays for my ...more

Shopping adventures with the cynical boys

When the boys got back from camp a few weeks ago, they had a craving for some goodies after a summer of wholesome cooking over an open fire....more

It is Wilson Farm in Lexington, Mass. They label all their produce according to where it came ...more