Living below two little kids (who sounded like quintuplets) when I was a university student gave me a soft spot for people who want to live in relative peace and quiet. So when my landlord sent me an email last month kindly asking me if there was anything I could do about my baby's crying, I wasn't miffed. I was, in fact, apologetic and obliging.
Raina Delisle is a writer and communications consultant based in Victoria, B.C. A former newspaper reporter/editor and TV news producer, she now contributes to leading Canadian print and digital publications. She is passionate about storytelling for social change.
I'm not buying the "if you don't like it, don't buy it" argument. Images have an impact whether or not you allow them into your home. The more we normalize corseted costumes and Daisy Dukes, the more our girls will be attracted to them. I can tell my daughter that the "firefighter goes to the fetish club" costume is inappropriate, but when she sees a happy girl her age on the packaging, she's getting mixed messages.
10/24/2014 12:10 EDT
We quickly located a firefighter costume for boys, complete with a bright red jacket, a traditional helmet and an axe. The girl's version, on the other hand, is a skin-tight, short, shiny dress that's surely flammable. It includes a fascinator (in lieu of a helmet) never before seen on a real firefighter.
10/18/2014 01:21 EDT
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