The purpose of our blog is to discuss topical issues, stories, and situations, as well as to share what we are up to and new ways for you to get involved. We are always searching for possible answers to the question: Why is a girl's worth culturally and historically relative?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Girl Museum in Japan

kime-bina or wooden Hina Matsuri dolls

Head Girl Ashley Remer is gearing up for her trip to Japan for the Hina Matsuri/ Girls' Day festival.  She will be in Tokyo, Kyoto, Katsuura and Wakayama over the next 2 weeks.   On Saturday February 27, she will be visiting the Children's Castle for the kime-bina making workshop.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any thoughts, advice, or information about Girls' Day celebrations in your family, town, country.

Safe travels and great adventures!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Delicate Balance

Julia Lira
Photo: Felipe Dana, AP

There is a delicate balance between the rights of individuals and their responsibilities to society.  The protection of children has become society's concern worldwide because of repeated breaches of trust with the social contract of taking care of one's own children.  However, I think the correct decision has been made in the case of seven year old Julia Lira, who has been selected to lead her Samba school in the great procession for Carnival in Rio this weekend.  

There has been great controversy over her participation because of the highly charged sexuality of the event and the scantly clad women who will be surrounding her.  A local child rights group challenged the decision to allow the youngest samba queen ever to be chosen to dance in front of such an enormous crowd.  

While I understand the need and desire to physically protect her, there is no escaping the cultural psychology of her hometown.  There will be other children in the crowds.  It isn't as if she is the sole child being utterly corrupted by being exposed to half naked bodies.  In fact, there is a children's parade prior to the main event.  This is in a city famous for its nude beaches.  

Her father, who runs the dance school, denies any exploitative motives and claims her outfit will "highlight her innocence."  I agree her costume should not be a g-string and body glitter, but she is innocent, she is just dancing at a big party.  

So maybe he chose to stir up a little publicity by putting her forward for the role.  Or he maybe he loves her wants to support her in something she really wants to do.  Perhaps she is just that good. 

A Rio judge has authorized her to participate--so now it is up to the organizers and the crowds to respect her and keep her safe.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Celebrate Women's Month with our 31 Heroines of March project!


Join us for the HEROINE QUILT Project in March!

Girl Museum will be honoring the women and girls that inspired us in our girlhood each day of March in celebration of Women's History Month. Then in April, we will be transforming our 31 heroines into a virtual quilt as a part of our GirlSpeak exhibition series.

The Heroine Quilt will an indefinite project, continuously growing as more heroines are acknowledged.

We invite girls of all ages to submit a short essay (250 words max) about their real/fictional, historic/contemporary, famous/local girlhood heroine, why they were important and what impact they may still have on your life.  

If you have a favorite photo of your heroine, please also attach it to your submission.  If you have no preference, we will source one--unless it is a family member, then we need your pic!

Send your submissions (preferably in Word) along with a separate image through to share@girlmuseum.org.  Let us know if you have any questions.

To be included in the 31 Heroines of March, the deadline is February 12, 2010.  Contributions made afterward this deadline will become part of the quilt starting in April.

Have your heroine recorded for posterity and share her with the world!