Capes and Tiaras: What You’re Really Teaching Your Children with Gendered Toys & Stories

The princess/superhero culture does more harm to your kids than you think.

Today’s Freedom Fighter, Tomorrow’s Tyrant?

We always think we’d be the hero or the good guy. But would we really?

Could The Hunger Games Turn Your Teen Into A Revolutionary?

Tom van Laer explores why dystopian fiction is so popular, and what effects it may have on younger people.

Are You Prepared to Have Everything You Ever Wanted?

Fouad Alaa wonders if all your dreams came true, could you handle it?

But Think of the Children! What Our Dystopian Moment Teaches Us About Fatherhood and Kids

We’re in a pop culture cycle of kids in dystopian futures. Bruce Peabody explores why.

How Would You Do in a Hunger Games-Style Situation?

I would die so hard if I was ever entered in a bloody winner-takes-all tournament to the death.

The Dog Days of Little League

Michael Kasdan wonders if we are molding our boys into well-rounded strong men—-or pushing them too hard, too fast, too young, into a win-at-all costs Hunger Games arena.

What We Loved in 2012 According to Facebook

Top trends in 2012 according to our favorite social network

Teenage Dating in a ‘Twilight’-‘Hunger Games’ World

The effects of romantic role models in young adult fiction color whole generations’ ideas of who they want to be and to love.

“There are few things more attractive than a real man standing before you and saying, ‘This is who I am.'”

This Comment is by Carla Smith on Tom Matlack’s post “Is There a Moral to John Edwards?”

Heroine Worship: Men and Female Role Models

It’s been over 30 years, but I can still remember my first action figure. Breaking open the package to reveal the molded plastic beneath, making sure not to drop the accesories. I can still recall the white outfit contrasted by the dark brown hair in the distinctive “cinnamon bun” do. Even before I found Han […]

Does it take a Woman to Save the Earth?

Let’s face it, Harry Potter couldn’t get the job done.

Movies: Seven Minutes of Behind The Scenes Footage from The Hunger Games

Take a look behind the scenes of the sci fi adaptation, slated to hit theaters this month.

Movies: Trailer for The Hunger Games Leaves You Wanting More

A look at the new sci-fi vision is remarkably pale, but entertaining nonetheless.

Movies: Lenny Kravitz (@lennykravitz) and Amandla Stenberg Star in The Hunger Games

The famous singer and the child actor are showcased in new single character posters for the young adult novel adaptation.

Movies: Lenny Kravitz Joins The Hunger Games

Musician Lenny Kravitz joins the cast of the sci-fi novel adaptation.