Does Cartoon Network Care Only About Boys?

Television executives on Cartoon Network have a "No Girls Allowed" sign on their treehouse because they think girls won't buy enough toys to make it worth it to give female characters their due. That's what industry insider Paul Dini postulated on Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman podcast, and he makes a convincing case. ...more
My 2 girls and 1 boy love Teen Titans, often to my dismay, because it's rude. But I guess they ... more

Why I'm Removing Facebook from My Mobile Device

I confess: there are times when I seek to disconnect.  When Facebook is the easiest, most convenient escape from the constant can-I’s, she-said’s, will-you’s and to-do’s that flow from my childrens' mouths. But having instant access to Facebook from my mobile device means the ability to escape is readily available at the push of a button. Truth be told, it’s not unlike a self-administering morphine pump, tempting to numb me from the pain of my responsibilities. What began as a quick way to check out Facebook has become a mechanism by which to simply checkout. ...more
My husband deleted FB from his phone for a whole other reason. It was LISTENING to him. On the ... more

The Fall of Disney's Princesses and What We're Really Witnessing

Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and Miley Cyrus have all *enjoyed* early fame at the feet of the Disney machine (or in Bynes' case, Nickelodeon), and thanks to our greed for anything they once produced.  And then they’re not so cute anymore.    ...more
I've been thinking about this side of the whole Miley dustup myself. Wouldn't it be great if you ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your July Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily July NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Jumping in at day 2 -- why I hate to watch "Mad Men" ... more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
We were given an Elf with an activity book many years ago but not the original story -- i.e. NO ... more

It's About Choice, and We're Choosing Public School Over Private School

Last summer, a neighbor and I were having a pleasant chat at the park while our kids were playing. She has two girls ages 8 and 10 who attend our neighborhood private school. She waxed eloquently about the benefits of said school (which I do not dispute), and assumed I was going to send my kids there too. When I casually replied that I was planning on sending my son and my daughter to the local public school, she went red in the face and started sputtering. She informed me that everyone in our part of the neighborhood sends their kids to the private school. I quite nicely said that I understand, but it’s important to us that we support the public school system....more
I love being able to jump on this dogpile. We decided to give our church's school a try when my ... more