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alternatives for girls

Our picks of sources providing girls and young women with lots of fun and helpful alternatives to help shut out the “noise” of more harmful media! Do you have suggestions for what to add? Let us know.

For teens

Drop Dead Gorgeous (DVD)

Director: Michael Patrick Jann
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Kirstie Alley
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

A mockumentary about a vicious competition between two contestants in a rural Minnesota beauty pageant. While the two girls prepare for the contest their mothers (an overbearing hairdresser and a civic-minded matriarch) decide they will stop at nothing to help each one's respective child win the contest.Running Time: 98 min.System Requirements:Starring: Kirstie Alley Ellen Barkin Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards. Directed By: Michael Patrick Jann. Running Time: 98 Min. Color. This film is presented in both "Widescreen" and "Standard" formats. Copyright 2001 Warner Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 794043492723
List Price: $5.98 USD
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Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)

Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows about "survival of the fittest." But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time and falls prey to the psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today.
List Price: $14.98 USD
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Real Women Have Curves (DVD)

By (author): Josefina Lopez
Director: Patricia Cardoso
Starring: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, George Lopez, Ingrid Oliu, Brian Sites
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Real Women Have Curves (DVD)

Should Ana leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18 year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. At home, she is bound to a mother who wants her to become someone she's not. But at school, she's encouraged by a teacher who sees her potential, and adores by a boyfriend who loves her for who she is. Right now, Ana may be making clothes for less shapely women. But she's about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life, and above all, have curves!

List Price: $5.98 USD
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Feministing – Young feminists blogging, organizing, kicking ass

How I Look Journal — This journal-format self-esteem guide provides age-appropriate information on self-concept, stress management, growth and development, media awareness, healthy lifestyle, self-talk, role models and clothing tips to improve body acceptance (ages 9-16)

Rookie Mag – A hip, independent publication for teen girls that features themed monthly “issues” 


For younger girls (through age 12)

A Mighty Girl — The world’s largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls

Fight Fun with Fun! List by Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter – Resources, ideas, suggestions, Recommendations That You Can Say YES To! (ages 3-9)

Great Books for Girls by Kathleen Odean — A thesaurus of picture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, folktales, sports books, and more to encourage and strengthen young girls

Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14 by Erica Bauermeister & Holly Smith – A mix of books for young girls featuring great diversity of cultures, races, and abilities all sharing the unifying factor of strong, resourceful female characters


Stuff to buy

Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies – Apparel and gifts for full-of-awesome girls and boys! Redfining girly and reclaiming boyhood

Toward the Stars – The world’s marketplace for empowering gifts for girls (many gender neutral products)


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