(This post first appeared on my blog ReelGirl which rates kids’ media and products on girl empowerment)
At first it seems like possible good news. Disney/ Pixar announces: no more fairy tales, code for princess movies. Great! No more damsels in distress who end the movie by landing a man. Now we’re going to have a slew of new movies with cool girl heroes who bravely rescue boys from peril, exuding power and beauty by performing all kinds of risk-taking tasks and challenges.
First of all, the reason the fairy tale movies are stopping is because Disney/ Pixar executives have decided that little girls aren’t worth making movies for at all.
The LA Times reports the fairy tale movies “appealed to too narrow an audience: little girls. This prompted the studio to change the name of its Rapunzel movie to the gender-neutral ‘Tangled’ and shift the lens of its marketing to the film’s swashbuckling male costar, Flynn Rider.”
Volunteer Party & Gift Wrapping Night
Tuesday, Decmeber 14th, 6 PM
The Service Fund’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive provides a brighter holiday season for young women (ages 12-17) facing violence in their lives – many of whom live in local shelters or transitional housing in the NYC area.
Three ways to participate in the Gift Drive:
1) Purchase or bring like-new items to the office for donation (you can also donate cash – as we try to buy the girls each a $10 gift card every year).
**Drop off hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, at our location (150 West 28th Street, Suite 304 @ 7th Ave) between November 29th and December 14th
Click Continue for more ways to participate!
For most people, the end of November is a time of gratitude. Thanksgiving Day reminds people to appreciate their friends and family, and the basic necessities they often take for granted. For the Woodhull community, November is a month of gratitude as we remember our wonderful teacher and friend Karen Kisslinger, who died on November 9, 2009.
Karen worked with Woodhull for seven years, teaching hundreds of women yoga and meditation. The meditation Karen taught us was what’s known as metta meditation ─ a loving kindness meditation that encouraged mindful compassion and allowed many of us to reconnect to the things we are grateful for.
Here are the words to the meditation she shared with us. This Thanksgiving weekend, carve out some time to remember Karen by doing this meditation. Karen encouraged us to say these words for ourselves, for someone we love, for someone we see every day but don’t know, and for someone we are having a conflict with. continue
by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna
I’m a Woodhull woman organizing a blogging campaign to support The Girl Effect.
“The Girl Effect” is a powerful idea: by investing in girls in the developing world, we make an incredibly effective investment in eradicating poverty, creating thriving communities, and slowing the spread of AIDS.
To date, 120 bloggers have joined the campaign. If you blog, I hope you will too. It’s a way to spread a life-saving, world-transforming idea. It’s a way to meet other, like-minded bloggers, and to expose new audiences to your work. Details are here!
I look forward to reading your post!
Check out career expert Alexia Vernon, Woodhull Alumna and Faculty, as she speaks about Salary Negotiation on New Day Northwest/NBC KING 5:
And click continue to watch Alexia discuss seasonal jobs on Las Vegas’ Wake Up With the Wagners.
by Suzanne Grossman, Woodhull Alumna
Originally posted to LYJ: Love Your Job on November 6th.
Most jobseekers I’ve worked with have at their fingertips a rich resource of contacts they could be making much better use of. Part of this, I’ve found, relates to fears around asking for help. These fears include such thoughts as, “Everyone is so busy,” or “Why would I burden someone with my situation.” Sometimes it’s, “I don’t like to ask for help,” or “What could I possibly give back in return.”
This way of thinking is always interesting to me because my default around networking is generally these types of thoughts:
Originally posted to kristinaleonardi.com on November 16th.
“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” was the conclusion of a new Harvard study using an iPhone app. It is a sentiment that many religions and philosophies have proclaimed for centuries that can best be summed up by the popular phrase, ‘be here now.’
If someone had a window into our minds, they’d see that we are almost never fully engaged in what is right in front of us, whether we’re thinking of something in the past or future, or simply not focused on the task at hand, and that causes unhappiness.
According to Andrew Bersnstein’s The Myth of Stress, it’s not the activity or situation itself that is a stressor, but our mind’s perception and reaction to it that causes the stress. So by recognizing the reality of the situation at that particular time, and really see why it is happening is a way to greatly reduce your adverse response to whatever is taking place.
One night this past summer, my friend Elisa saw something that shocked her. She told me she was at a bar when two women got into an argument and began yelling at each other as if they were children. The way the conflict ended? One woman threw her drink at the other woman.
“Can you believe that?” Elisa exclaimed. “I don’t think those women would have acted like that if it weren’t for reality TV. People are seeing this stuff on TV and thinking that’s an appropriate way to act!”
Over the last few years, I’ve had several conversations with friends about how damaging reality TV can be, but I lacked the information to make a strong case against it. That’s why I’m so excited about Jennifer L. Pozner’s new book Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV. Pozner spent hours upon hours watching and transcribing shows like The Bachelor, America’s Next Top Model, Flavor of Love, and Wife Swap to identify the media messages found in these popular, widely-watched programs.
Dear Woodhull Community,
You are invited to come celebrate the holidays and the New Year with The Woodhull Institute! Come reconnect, rejoice, and refresh yourself with Woodhull Alumnae from all different retreats! There will be appetizers served and a cash bar available. We’d love to hear how your 2010 has been, and wish you the best for 2011!
Wednesday December 15th | 6:30pm-9:30pm | Mug Lounge 448 East 13th St New York, NY 10009
Cost: $5 (to cover appetizers) *RSVP REQUIRED!*