Good Girl Revolt

This past weekend Amazon released a show based on real events that every Millennial should watch. Good Girls Revolt is based on the 2012 nonfiction book of the same name by Lynn Povich. It tells an fictionalized version of the the 1969-70s lives of the women at Newsweek  (News of the Week) leading up to the 1970s ACLU aided EEOC filing.

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This show is like the love child of The Newsroom and Mad Men with a huge dose of lady power. Not just any lady power but that of smart, creative, 20 to 30 somethings. Some of these include Nora Ephraim (portrayed by Grace Grummer) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (portrayed by Joy Bryant). I’m curious to find out what Sen. Norton thinks of it and how close it is to related. Should we all start calling her Eleanor? The character did tell us that she “does not belong to (her) father or (her) husband so just Eleanor is fine…” I’d love to say I’m on first name basis with such an esteemed member of Congress.

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I read this book when it came out but I wanted to understand it in the context of the show. I found this wonderful piece by another Eleanor, Eleanor Clift. Additionally this is a good NPR piece on the show and clips of interviews to further explain the real women’s situation.

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No matter what your political views are, Good Girl Revolt is full of fascinating characters to enjoy and to influence your perspective. With all social and political events going on in the show and in our modern times, you should stop reading this and add Good Girls Revolt to your Amazon queue.

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Pretty in Pink?

There is this bizarre extreme feminist view that girls would tend to go for more typically masculine jobs and educational routes if they weren’t ‘forced’ into playing princesses, fairies, and with everything/anything that is pink. There have been numerous articles about this and campaigns, the most well known being PinkStinks.

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In my feminist view point,  pink products became popular because children like them and begged parents to buy them, thus driving up sales which drove companies to produce more pink products. The central problem is not pink and blue toys but major stores and corporations assigning gender to toys!

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I have always enjoyed Pink, in fact it is my favorite color. I grew-up playing pretend princesses and fairies as well as fireman and construction workers. I was always coming home covered in mud because I had been playing in the melting snow on a pretend amazing adventure.

Back then (the 1990s) my big brother and I shared a vast Lego collection. Overtime we discovered we played differently. I made villages and had the mini figures go on adventures. He would build architecture and robots. I was happy to play with anything I thought would enhance my stories, mixing in other toys like Barbie or Beanie Babies. He would want the best and unique Lego pieces to create mini figure scale towns, make a lamp for his bedroom, and to use Lego Mindstorms for his robots. He did not care if the color was pink, as long as it suited the needs of his latest creation. We played with what was available and what we enjoyed.

When we made our Christmas wish lists he would ask our parents to buy me my own Lego sets so I wouldn’t keep taking his favorite pieces. While I would ask for my size Barbie, the Swan Princess dolls, and the Little Mermaid vhs tape (because I worn out my first copy). I ended up with pink lego, so I could play princess and have adventures. I loved them. That’s not right for every child but it was right for me.

As an adult, I try to use my love of princesses to teach manners. My desire to be a fairy is now used teach about being courageous and strong because flying, hiding from humans is fun no matter what gender you identify as! As a childcare provider, teacher, and Girl Scout volunteer I’ve been able to turn these seemingly childish, girly fairytale and fables into a method of helping children learn and a grow.

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The same pink and items you perceived as ‘girly’ could help tell a story or enhance a child’s creative play regardless of their gender. As my favorite toy campaign says “Let Toys Be Toys!” Tailor your belongings to needs, not how a corporation has advertised.

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Stores may make us think there is a girl aisle and a boy aisle but we don’t have to shop that way. Our money is what makes a difference in the industry.

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