Rebel Girls Read
What we’re reading this week:
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, iconic characters have not escaped scrutiny. James Bond—the man who women want to be with and men want to be—is no exception. In a partial attempt to combat the overwhelming misogyny and of the Bond cannon, and its exclusively white lead, British actress Lashana Lynch will reportedly be the next 007. While gadgets, speed and espionage intrigue will certainly be front and center, people will also be dialed into how the franchise addresses misogyny through inclusion of a Black woman as its next Bond.
Contrary to popular opinion, a new study of more than 300,000 high school students in 64 countries found that girls perform as well as their male counterparts in mathematics and have outstanding verbal skills. The study found that girls are still more likely to choose humanities-centric careers because they’re socialized to believe that math and verbal aptitude are mutually exclusive and that they must choose one path.
Amber Clyde, 23, was bullied at skate parks by older boys as a girl and is now turning gender norms upside down. For the past year, Clyde has run free skateboarding beginner classes for girls. The workshops are so popular that she now supports more than 20 girls per class and hosts holiday programs during school breaks.
The first trailer for Disney’s live action version of Mulan was recently released, but to divided response. While Disney banks on popular tropes to sell tickets (including the “attractive Asian girl kicking butt”), young Asian girls have much to gain from seeing a warrior princess as “a real person,” which helps subvert some of the princess obsession inherent to the Disney cannon.
Behold, the millennial nuns (Highline)
After 50 years of decline, the number of young women going through the process of becoming Catholic sisters is increasing significantly. The aspiring sisters are more ethnically diverse, younger (the average age of a new nun is 24), and they’re “disproportionately middle children often high-flying and high-achieving.” Millennial nuns also tend to be more doctrinally conservative than the prior generation.