The Ashes Down Under 2013/14: Melbourne and Sydney

… although this could have been anywhere. Both Melbourne and Sydney have their own special place in the Ashes, with the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne becoming part of the series, and Sydney turning pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness, but the cricket could have been played in a field just outside Oenpelli, and it would have made the same impact. Read More The Ashes Down Under 2013/14: Melbourne and Sydney

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

While misogyny rules the day, a few women are working to make the world a little better. Let’s see the battles we fought this week. Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Lego has been making waves with its new “Friends” collection for girls. While some have praised the move for trying to encourage girls to play with building toys they might otherwise shun, others see it as unnecessary and pandering. The more I look at the issue, the more I realize I can see both sides of the argument. I have no problem with making more feminine toys available; a lot of girls, and a fair number of boys, like girly stuff and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m absolutely in favor of toys that encourage kids to look outside the pursuits typically approved for their gender. However, Lego really dropped the ball on execution. Read More Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Pinkwashing

I love pink. There, I said it. I am a sucker for anything pink. I covet the pink KitchenAid stand mixer ““ which is, like most things pink, a “breast cancer awareness” item. Fifty dollars of your $350 purchase goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  I just typed “cute” instead of “cure” ““ even my Freudian typo brain knows how much I love pink items. Read More Pinkwashing