#Mindsoak: Pop Songs, SexEd, and Porn Edition

Once again I had the pleasure of writing for Jon Filitti’s MindSoak blog–this one focuses on female-power pop songs masquerading as revolutionary when they are, in fact, judgy and reductive of the broad spectrum of differences that make up womankind.

I was also lucky to be interviewed for Jon’s regular Psychobabble segment–where he and I nerd-out on the latest Social Science research–and this time we tackle sexual education, pornography and its effects on sexual development, and online safety, with special shout-outs to Peggy Orenstein‘s insightful and informative book, Girls and Sex.  In my humble (developmental psychologist’s) opinion, it’s a must-read for any caregiver, regardless of the age or gender of their child(ren).


Check out my blogpost here or our interview here. mindsoak-right-kind-of-girl

Oh, and want to see what all of my fuss is about with that song by Daya? Check out her video below:



5 Reasons to Watch The Honorable Woman

Okay, if you haven’t seen this series yet, get to Netflix and watch it immediately. Or, better yet, wait until May 10 at 10am EST (get it, 10 at 10–getting all metric on you here) to Live Tweet it with me, #honorablewoman (we are going with the American spelling here, but for any Brits we welcome the superfluous ‘u’ as well).

A few reasons why you should devote precious time to it? Well. . .

  1. It’s a drama with a powerful female lead struggling with moral relativism, untold secrets, and a wish to reconcile Israel and Palestine. That’s right, Maggie Gyllenhaal has goals beyond her personal life, family, and/or wardrobe. How refreshing.
  2. Andrew Buchan, who keeps turning up like a lovely, well-polished penny in these dark family dramas on the BBC/SundanceTV, manages to occupy every end of the personality spectrum with a twitch of his ashy eyebrows. Understated, British, and oh-so-skillful.
  3. There’s a panic room, and it’s use as a dramatic device is brilliant.
  4. It passes the Bechdel Test, which, considering how many media pieces don’t, well. . let’s just say, ‘Thank goodness!’

5. It works your brain. I know sometimes you want to watch a show that is easily digestible, and then sometimes you want a show or film that makes you sit up, pay attention, and try to figure out what is real and what is just a diversion from the truth. This is that kind of show.

Hence why I’m live tweeting at 10AM (as opposed to PM)  tomorrow–people, you need to be well-caffeinated to keep up with this show!

Are you up for it? See you out there. . .