TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)Image courtesy of Disney Junior.

TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)

It’s 2013, not 1985, but it’s still considerably harder for my preschool-age daughter to find representations of herself onscreen then it will be for our newborn son, once he starts watching TV.

Is Diet Soda Girly? Marketing companies take on gender contamination, the idea that when women flock to a product, men flee

Is Diet Soda Girly? Marketing companies take on gender contamination, the idea that when women flock to a product, men flee

Within the business world, this squeamishness has long been the problem that has no name; marketing executives and consultants I spoke with were well aware of the issue but didn’t have the vocabulary to talk about it. Avery had to borrow from anthropology to find the term ‘gender contamination,’ which traces back to the kind of ancient cultural taboos that banished menstruating women to special huts for fear they’d pollute everyone else.