Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links for the Week)

The Good
This Chevy ad shows a little boy playing with a bunch of toys: trucks, super heroes, action figures, dolls, dollhouses. It's a great demonstration of how kids don't need their toys to fit squarely into a gender dichotomy. (Disclaimer: In order to keep this in "the Good" category, I have to suggest you don't read the comments.)

The Bad

Half of Teen Moms Don't Use Birth Control-
"Although the U.S. still boasts the highest teen pregnancy rate of any developed nation, the national teen birth rate dropped in 2010 to 34.3 births per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, down from 37.9 the year before."

The Curious

The B-word- whose is it, anyway? Zosia Bielski has a very interesting article looking at the use of the word "bitch" in pop culture. Her discussion was sparked by a poem attributed to Jay-Z about how having his daughter made him vow to cut the word out of his songs, but it was later found to be written by a blogger to make a statement about the use of the word in hip hop.

The parents who kept the gender of their child Sasha secret for five years have revealed that Sasha is a boy.

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