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    Why Is There Always a Fashion Girl?

    Why does there always have to be a “fashion girl” in every poorly developed marketing plan aimed at young females?  I don’t think they have any idea who girls are these days.  I feel like they’re just following tradition.  I have two daughters.  I’ve seen a lot of birthday parties.  I’ve seen them and their friends play.  I’ve NEVER seen them doing anything close to designing outfits or matching clothes or sewing or anything like what they think.  Sometimes they put on princess dresses, but that’s it.  And that’s not what I’d call coordinating outfits. Claudia in The Babysitter’s Club.  Jade from Bratz (and probably a ton of others).  Prize…

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    Girls and Lena Dunham

    I started watching Girls recently. It’s only ten episodes, not much of a commitment. Everyone seems to be talking about how funny it is or interesting or controversial it is. I really liked Sex & the City and this looked a lot like it.  So I thought I’d check it out. The concept itself is rather unappealing, or at least one I’ve seen before. They lampshade Sex and the City in the first episode with a background poster. But lampshade hanging doesn’t mean copying is excusable. One can’t help make comparisons when it’s about four twenty-something girls in New York City with very different personalities and their relationships/sex lives. It’s…

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    Why I Want Women to Succeed in the Video Game Industry

    I recently read this set of strips posted by Kotaku and got to thinking that even after forty years, the video game industry is still making games without the broader consumer base in mind (pun not intended). Geek girls are abundant. Gamer girls are profuse. Yet I can’t find games for my daughters to enjoy. And that’s why I want women to succeed in the video games industry. I have two daughters and I want them to play video games. Video games have always been a positive influence in my life. They were there for me when I was lonely. They inspired me to become a writer. The helped me…

  • My Top Ten Hottest Women Who Aren’t Real (6 through 5)

    6. Crysta Huh, another fairy. I didn’t realize that until I was making this list. Not one of the smartest fairies either. All she does all day is fly around being twee, occasionally growing plants with magic. She openly embraces the stranger in her forest at the same time all the trees are disappearing. Didn’t work too well for the Aztecs. Her naivety is a pale copy of the charm of the little mermaid, and it doesn’t work. Sort of. I said before I’m a sucker for projects, but there are two types. One is the dark and twisted, self-hating, self-destructive kind. Crysta and her lot is the other kind…