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Other recent blog postings
I often write on blogs including Sociological Images, The Feminist
Wire, Racialicious, Adios, Barbie and From the Mixed Up Files
of Middle Grade Authors. Some recent posts by topic include:
1. Feminism/Gender Politics
Pregnant Women Are Now Targets: The Tragedy of Purvi Patel.April 26, 2015.
Purvi Patel is Not a Terrorist: What Happens When Fetal Citizenship Trumps Women's Rights. April 24, 2015.
Why Facebook's Egg Donor Ads Freak Me Out (And Should Freak You Out Too!). April 27, 2015.
Facebook and Apple Want Your Unborn! Or, Why Corporations Should Keep their Hands Off Employees' Ovaries.November 10, 2014
Notes from Trigger-Gate: Why I Give Trigger Warnings. June 5, 2014.
as Kristof: How Jimmy Carter’s New Book Takes a Page Out
of Nicholas Kristof’s Savior Narrative. May 22, 2014
the Foreign Ladies: The Case Against Saving Global Women and
Girls. April 17, 2014
(Feminist) Mama With Love January 20, 2014
Room for Everyone: Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Characters
in Middle Grade Novels December 13, 2013
for Racists: On Miss America September 20, 2013
Goddesses, Orientalism, and the Glamorization of Gender Based
Violence September 12, 2013
Male Pregnancy Matters July 30, 2013
Pregnancy as Moral Panic June 13, 2013
Pink Nor Perfect: Muddy and Mighty Middle Grade Girls March
Girls and Fantastic Boys? Middle Grade Fantasy, Realistic Fiction
and the Great Gender Divide January 4, 2013 [Pending publication
in Speculative Fiction 2013: The Best Online Reviews, Essays,
Post live segment. I’m not sorry for my sari: The dilemma
of ethnic clothes in the workplace.
Suit or Sari? Professionalism and Ethnic Dressing. (viral article,
multiply published). -
Women Are Oppressed, but Ours are Awesome": How Nicholas
Kristof and Half the Sky Use Women Against Each Other October
Ta-tas and Cha-chas, Oh My! On the Sexification of Cancer
May 11, 2011
2. Body Image/Size Acceptance
Fat Letters: One Young Filmmaker's Activism Against Fat Letters.
April 7, 2014
Can Be Fat Shamers Too March 24, 2014
Shame of Fat-Shaming March 20, 2014
Augustus Gloop to Dudley Dursley: Fat Studies and Middle Grade
Novels June 7, 2013
in Schools: Educating Children in Self-Loathing, Not Health
April 15, 2013
Portions, Controlling Pregnancies: Race and Class Panic in New
York City Public Health Campaigns April 3, 2013
as Mirror: Teen Literature and Body Image October 15, 2011
False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies and Body Image Activism
April 11, 2011
Intersectionality and Toxic Body Culture March 30, 2011
3. Race and Media
Fying While Brown: The Insecurity of travel. June 19, 2014.
Fying While Brown. July 21, 2014.
The perils of flying while brown.July 21, 2014.
#InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcisissm of Global Voluntourism. (with Lauren Kascak) June 18 2014.
in Children’s Literature: The Search for the Missing Characters
(and Authors!) of Color. From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade
Authors. April 25, 2014.
Racist Yogini: It's South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga
Back January 31, 2014
Sexy, and Culturally Appripriate-y: It's Halloween Again, Folks!
October 7, 2013
People Talking to White People about Social Justice: Why Book
of Mormon Just May be Doing Something Right August 8, 2013
Families in Middle Grade Novels August 5, 2013
Primetime: Can One Big Dance Number Smash Racism? May 1,
Slumdogs and Tiger Moms: Asian American Women and the Rescue
Narrative April 11, 2012
Are We Still Whitewashing? Feb. 21, 2012
Vamps, Black Witches: Race Politics and Vampire Pop Culture
Feb. 21, 2011
4. Narrative Medicine/Disability/Illness
With Our Pens: Narrative Humility for Writers October 14,
as Superpowers in Middle Grade Novels January 13, 2012
in Middle Grade Novels July 25, 2011
5. Parenting/Literacy/Writing for Children
Children's Hour: Poetry Study with Middle Grade Readers
October 7, 2013
Being A Woman Writer: An Open Letter to Virginia Woolf May
we ban Little House for Racism? April 10, 2012
Girls and Secret Identities Giveaway! An Interview with Author
(and Ukelele Player) Mike Jung October 3, 2012
Writing Prompts for Young Writers (and Readers!) June 22,
Our Bodies: Embodiment, Voice and Literature April 13, 2011