Category Archives: Media Discussion

Sofia the First is Surprisingly Feminist

Despite it’s appearance, Sofia the First is one of the most feminist kid’s programs I’ve seen in a long time. If you haven’t watched the show, it’s very easy to assume that it is just another pile of girly fluff in a long line of Disney merchandise marketing schemes. I certainly assumed that before I was forced to watch an episode while babysitting my friend’s toddlers, but then I went home and Netflixed the whole series. Continue reading

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‘Witch’ is the Reality?: A Short Treatise on the Origins of Fairy Tale Witchcraft

I have always been fascinated with the villains in fairy tales. In many of the most traditional ones, the antagonist always seems so shallow: the evil Queen’s jealousy of Snow White’s beauty, Rapunzel’s witch’s selfishness, and even an evil fairy’s insult at not being invited to a Christening results in a 100 year long grudge. These grievances seem so slight, that I have long wondered what the real story was behind these women. In my search for an answer, I started to look at real witches and witchcraft. Continue reading

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September 11, 2012 · 7:25 am

Chuck and Friends: Friends For the Long Haul App Review

Are you looking to hook reluctant readers, particularly the fellas? This app will do the trick. Continue reading

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Andrew Answers App Review

This app is certain to please children who just can’t help saying “No”,  from their terrible 2s to their sarcastic 6s. Continue reading

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Ebooks Vs. Print: Showdown of Our Century

To all the sentimental print lovers out there, I say: ‘Get on the bandwagon, or you will be left on the side of the road amongst the sullied remains of 8 track players and beta-maxes!’ Continue reading

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SciFi Empowers Women: Get ‘Em While They’re Young

Developing women’s interest from a young age in science fiction can eventually equal the gender disparity in high level science and engineering fields. Read my argument and suggestions for lesson plans. Continue reading

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Use Your Words! A Discussion of Bullies and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

Read my thoughts on Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and how wonderfully he teaches children to fight bullying using words alone. Continue reading

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