Right Mum's and Dad's - are you sitting comfortably?
Today we're going to look at the best apps for young girls - say 9 years and upwards.
OK so we have 'Scarlett and the Spark of Life', an exciting adventure in which a princess rescues herself.
Or how about 'Style Studio: Fashion Designer' which speaks for itself.
Similar is 'Maya's Dress Up' which reminds me of those paper dolls which I secretly changed the clothes on when I was knee high to a grasshopper.
If these aren't exciting enough why not let your daughter try 'Plastic surgery for Barbie'? What could be more fun than taking a fat Barbie and giving her a surgical tummy tuck or DIY liposuction.
Incredible isn't it? Think about it. Someone actually had the idea to create such a horrendous app for young girls. Next, even more incredibly, they persuaded others to promote and market it and it got to be available on the app store.
There has been such an outcry that it is no longer available but why was it ever there in the first place?
How could it be that there ever existed, as Laura Bates puts it so eloquently "apps that suggested to little girls that their bodies might not be good enough, that being thin was all that mattered, and that being fat would make you unhappy and disgusting.
The apps that sent the message to little girls as young as nine that women are primarily judged on what they look like. That seemed to tell them the way to make themselves happy and beautiful again was simple – they just needed to let somebody cut away at them with a knife until all the parts that were unacceptable to society had been sucked out or lopped clean off."
Our society is sick and in urgent need of repair. Is there an app for that?
When I want to say 'absolutely everything', an alternative is to say 'the whole kit and caboodle'. It's a common phrase and I hear it used a lot.
What puzzles me slightly is what it was about this particular phrase which so caught the imagination that it is still in popular use well over a hundred years after it was coined.
First things first - what does it literally mean?
Well 'the whole kit' means a set of items, like a toolkit, or what a soldier would keep in his kit-bag. A 'caboodle' (or just 'boodle') - is an archaic term meaning a group or collection, normally of people.
Origins are certainly American and certainly from the early 19th century but the first use of the phrase in the way we use it was this:
From the Syracuse Sunday Standard, New York, Nov, 1884:
"More audiences have been disappointed by him and by the whole kit-and-caboodle of his rivals."
The reasons why the phrase came to be used in this way are rather sketchy so if anyone knows the full details please let me know - then I shall have the whole kit and caboodle.
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