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Real Sports: On the Basis of Sex: Girls' Baseball

I needed to log into HBO GO to catch an episode of Real Sports that I missed about girls and baseball . The topic is fascinating for me. I played softball in high school and still play in a league - of course, Chicago 16" softball though. But as you know, I love baseball too. I did play Little League and never felt comfortable there. But you need to watch this episode. It goes through the history of Maria Pepe who sued Little League USA for the right to play baseball. They fought her for 2 years. And after she won, Little League started softball. I love both sports. And it breaks my heart each time I reflect on softball's role in discrimination against girls and women. It infuriates me to watch the clip of men giving bullshit excuses why girls shouldn't play baseball including: Dental injuries will make girls less attractive Getting hit in the chest will lead to breast cancer (isn't it FASCINATING how people who don't want women to do something will

Review: Maybe He Just Likes You

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee My rating: 4 of 5 stars School is back in session and I know some of you are scrambling for good books for your tweens to read. "Maybe He Just Likes You" by Barbara Dee should be on your child's book list. "Maybe He Just Likes You" tackles a lot in short succinct chapters and amazing grace. Mila is in 7th grade and suddenly receiving attention from a group of boys at school. At first she thinks it is all in her head and then a girl friend accuses her of flirting. As things escalate Mila is overwhelmed with confusion and frustration. She does not like the attention, but all her friends dismiss her feelings. In the middle of all of this, her mother is going through her own drama. I need to be real with you. The way Dee writes makes you feel the action. This includes the anticipation Mila feels when she is expecting unwanted attention. I felt it in my body and flashed back to my own hellish time in 7th

Review: Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up by Heather Corinna My rating: 5 of 5 stars "Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up" is the book I wish we all had when we were in middle school. And if you have a middle school human in your life, you should get them this book. One of the first pages, page 9 to be exact, sets the tone of the book. That humans develop in all ways at a different rate from each other. Some of us mature physically, some of us mature romantically earlier, and that's all ok. Heather & Isabella take great care to talk about all things puberty-related with not just great care, but in a gender inclusive manner. Vaginas are not talked about things women have, rather vaginas and breast development are things that happen to humans and if that what you are experiencing, great! If not, maybe you have a penis and other stuff is happening. Don't get me wro