Oona Jung-Beeman

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Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?

Two years ago, in 2011, <i>90 percent</i> of Lego's consumers were boys. A tough statistic to swallow for those of us who grew up playing with Lego's gender-neutral buckets of bricks. But the statistic came straight from Lego, which was then focused on boys with franchised sets based on properties like <i>Star</i> …

The pursuit of the perfect body is as old as time. But who defines perfection?

"Gnarly in Pink": The Girl Skateboarding Posse | Op-Docs

The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker

In Mississippi, there is only one clinic where a woman can go if she needs an abortion. The state is trying to close it down. At that clinic, there is a doctor who tends to the needs of these women, and he has to fly in from out of state to do it. There is no shutting him down.<p><b>Perfectly bald, with</b> …

Morality

Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed – Paul Currion

I became an aid worker in the 1990s, just as the break-up of Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda cast a long shadow over the humanitarian sector. …

Africa

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p><b>A</b> trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

The Right to Love

They were young, they were in love, they got married. Simple. But this was Virginia in 1958 and nothing was simple.<p>The groom, twenty-four-year-old …

An Intruder in Two Spaces: What It Feels Like to Be Biracial

This confusion at your own place is the essence of being biracial. Even though you owe no one an explanation, there’s a desire to explain, which …

Giving up on wilderness means a barren future for the Earth – Brandon Keim

Several years ago, I asked a biologist friend what she thought of a recently fashionable notion in environmentalist circles: that pristine nature was …

Ecology

Gray Area

In the mid-1990s I set out to adopt a baby. I made phone calls to adoption agencies, and staff members asked warily if I’d consider a transracial …

Michelle Obama

“Internet Famous”: Visibility As Violence On Social Media

<i>Trigger warning: Discussion of assault, rape, stalking and harassment.</i><p>We consider visibility to be desirable.<p>It is highly lucrative, much sought …

Trial by Twitter

Deep in the digital diaries of three lovely girls, a fatal disconnect occurred. What their followers had not seen between the lines was the vanishing of morality, reality, and then, Skylar Neese.<p>July 4, 2012, was a scorcher in Star City, West Virginia—a prelude to what would become the hottest …

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

There are things about women that most men would just as soon never discuss. The stirrups in a gynecologist’s office, for one; the tampon aisle at …

Feminism