Catching Up on TV, Part 2: The Summer of Dance

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Last week I looked at stage moms on TV this summer, this week it’s specifically the DANCE stage moms, some of the worst offenders on TV no doubt. It was interesting to look back over the past two summers and see what’s changed and what is the same in the world of dance on TV. […]

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Catching Up on TV, Part 1: The Summer of the Stage Parents

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Yes, it’s October, I know. But between reading, writing, and childcare I’m still working my way through my DVR from August (DVR may be this mom’s favorite technological innovation, behind the iPad which helps me AND Carston). In previous summers I have done a wrap-up of stage moms and dance shows, but this year there […]

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A Bookworm’s Dream Position: New Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine!

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When my name first appeared in Brain, Child Magazine in the Summer of 2013, I felt I had finally arrived as a writer. With the tagline “A Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” I had long admired the publication, and dreamt of the day when hopefully something I wrote would appear on its glossy pages. I’ve been […]

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The Extreme Guide to (Sometimes Sad) Parenting

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It’s no secret that I love a good Bravo show. So when the previews started– and I even got a press release about Extreme Guide to Parenting– I knew it was must see TV for me on multiple levels. The six episodes recently finished and it’s clear to me why the docu-series featuring nine families […]

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You Gotta Have a Gimmick: Miss America 2015

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Last night Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015, making history in particular for being part of a never-before three-peat for a state at Miss America. The reigning Miss America and past two Miss Americas all represented New York (though all grew up in states other than NY, they went there for […]

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Mess America: But Still the Largest Source of Scholarships for Women

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The past month has been full of “pageant scandals.” From discussions about bodies, state-hopping, age of contestants, and tabulation errors, I can scarcely recall a time that both Miss USA and Miss America were so talked about in the news. Unfortunately it’s all for negative reasons and not for positive ones… The Miss USA  pageant […]

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Friday Night Tykes: The Male Version of Toddlers & Tiaras

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I’ve often said that in many ways the hyper-masculinity of youth (tackle) football– especially in the South– is the analog to the hyper-femininity of child beauty pageants. Esquire TV’s controversial series Friday Night Tykes proves it. The 10-episode series, plus a review and discussion show called Tackling Tykes that does a great job summarizing the […]

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Why do people watch Miss USA?

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Another year, another Miss USA crowned. You likely won’t remember,  or ever know, but Miss USA 2014’s name is Nia Sanchez and she represented Nevada. Her crowning has made a few headlines, like this article about her final answer on sexual assault on campus (though George Will is the one really making headlines about this […]

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Books Are Living Things: Playing to Win continues to spark conversation

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As my friend and scholar/writer Margarita Mooney likes to say, “Books have long lives.” While Playing to Win is still less than a year old, I can see how this is true as the book continues to inspire questions, dialogue, and conversations in a variety of settings. In the past two months I’ve been lucky […]

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Teaching for a LIFETIME: My thoughts on Dance Moms, Bring It!, and Kim of Queens

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Welcome to the world of Anti-Abby Lee Millers… Ironically brought to you by the network that made her famous, Lifetime. Building off the success (or infamy) of Dance Moms (a show I’ve written about quite a bit), the network debuted two new series this year: Kim of Queens and Bring It! Given the descent of […]

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