Paper Dresses

Angie’s four-year-old daughter, whom she calls Mayhem, makes dresses out of paper. In her Huffinton Post interview, reporter Ilana Wiles says:

“Angie’s daughter (she calls her “Mayhem”) was more interested in fashion than the average 4-year-old. Mayhem shunned her store-bought princess dresses and started wrapping herself with scarves and sheets creating her own styles.

Then one day Angie got tired of finding her clothes in Mayhem’s toy box and suggested they make a dress out of paper. Mayhem loved the idea and they haven’t stopped creating paper dresses since.”

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2sisters_angie, via Huffington Post.

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Shark Dress. 2sisters_angie, via Huffington Post.

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2sisters_angie, via Huffington Post.

According to her mother,

“[a]fter we made our first paper dress, Mayhem requested another the very next day. Then another the day after that. And no one is more surprised than I am, that she still wants to make them nearly 9 months later. I have no idea if it will continue, but as long as she wants to make them, we’ll keep doing it.”

Found via Huffington Post.

Hooray for supportive, inventive mothers!

Diversity in Hollywood Brings in Bigger Bucks

Just a few days ago The Bunche Center at UCLA published a study on diversity in film and television. The data is based on material that was released in 2011 (films) or aired in 2011-2012 (tv shows). Among the major findings of the study are these two bullet points:

  • Films with relatively diverse casts excelled at the box office and in return on investment.
  • Television shows whose casts reflect the nation’s diversity excelled in ratings.

According to NPR’s blog Codeswitch, the study’s lead author and director of the Bunche Center, Darnell Hunt, says:

“It’s a vicious cycle,” he added. “The industry likes to present itself as this bastion of liberal thought. But when it comes to diversity, it’s one of the worst industries in the country. The idea that [the underrepresentation of minorities and women] is all about economics has been taken off the table.”

Indeed. Because people like stories about people they can identify with, one way or another. Because we’re not all the same. Because hypocrisy needs to be counteracted.

Even a Seven-Year-Old Knows: Lego Needs to Do Better

Seven-year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to Lego, telling them they need to add more Lego girls:

Charlotte's Lego letter / SocImages

SocImages.

“My name is Charlotte. I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls.

Today I went to a store and saw legos in two sections the girls pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks.

I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!”

Image via Sociological Images.

Because aren’t girls people, too?

The Power of Everyday Ideas

System amoebae quotes video game writer Mikko Rautalahti’s blog post on misogynism in the game industry. Her take on why we should care about anti-women attitudes:

“The politicians and game makers and artists and teachers and police officers and fighters and parents and decision-makers of tomorrow are today’s social media junkies. They are the ones reblogging their asses off on tumblr, the ones getting into arguments on games forums, the ones reading about high profile arguments in the media, the ones retweeting comments from celebrities they love, the ones currently struggling to navigate what is right and wrong and what a better world might look like. To underestimate the power that ideas and opinions and discussion and debate online have is to completely miss the point about how we as individuals and communities and societies develop our moral and ethical codes and learn our behaviours.”

“We aren’t static but dynamic, constantly in flux, always learning, always reshaping ourselves to our surroundings, adapting to situations and environments. We have to take responsibility for the things we say and do because they all impact on the way others experience life, they all play a role in shaping not only ourselves but others as well, and as an extension of that they shape society and culture as a whole. Being the one to stand up and say, “no, don’t do that, don’t be an arsehole, be a better person” isn’t just important in misogynist gaming circles, and it isn’t just important in the halls of political power either. It’s important in every interaction, because it’s what makes us today and it’s what makes us tomorrow. Misunderstanding that is dangerous.”

Because we are human beings, social by nature, and because we have intelligence, ethics and morals.