Four and a half years later, daughters whose moms reported higher levels of stress had more of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood. That observation suggests the girls had trouble shutting down a hyperactive stress response. The same effect wasn’t found in boys.
Leslie Carol Botha: Girls getting messages from anywhere that ‘sex is power’ is morally wrong. We need to be teaching our hormonal honeys that they have more value than what lies between their legs. However, it appears that the porn industry is getting to them first. No wonder we are putting girls on synthetic hormone Continue Reading …
New government data shines a light on just how many pre-teen and teenage girls may grapple with depression, finding that adolescent girls suffer from depression at a rate nearly three times that of boys their age.
One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6. Ainsley was the tallest child in her third-grade class. She had a thick, enviable blond-streaked ponytail and big feet, like a puppy’s. The curves of her Levi’s matched her mother’s.
Modern Mom Parenting October 3, 2011 Somewhere during the first week of school, I noticed that my daughter was not acting like herself. “Herself” is usually (not always, but usually) a bubbly, happy, confident, energetic kid who generally tends to let things roll off her back. But during that first week of school, she seemed Continue Reading …
Social Commentary post by Holly Grigg-Spall,
March 12, 2010
University of Massachusetts professor Chris Bobel is the author of the soon to be released book New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. In this two-part interview she unpacks periods and the activism, advertising and controversy that makes them so very personal and so very political.
How did you come to see menstruation as more than a personal matter?
A slogan menstrual activists use is ‘We’re Making Bleedin’ Everyone’s Issue.’ As women, we are expected to keep our periods hidden and silenced. We internalize this attitude, and police each other: Women learn to hate their bodies, seeing them through racism, ageism and sexism as problems to be fixed through constant ‘improvements’ – that too big nose, too-dark skin, too-narrow eyes, tiny breasts, fat butt. And now we can ‘improve’ the body even more – we can eliminate menstruation altogether with pills such as Lybrel and Seasonique.
Dr. Peter Nieman
Globe and Mail Update
Published Friday, May. 13, 2011 12:01AM EDT
Is it possible that my tween daughter is experiencing the hormonal cycle of menstruation, without actually menstruating? Her mood swings have escalated, and it seems, sometimes, the extreme grouchiness can only be attributed to hormones.
Women’s Media Center
Psychotherapist and author Joyce McFadden found some surprising results when she asked women to reflect on sexuality and raising daughters.
By Joyce McFadden
May 3, 2011
Women can’t fix what we don’t know is broken, so it’s empowering anytime we’re given the opportunity to look at ourselves from a new perspective. Especially when it concerns how we raise our daughters. One of the most effective motivators for change comes from our most valuable resource—our own stories.