She wrote about mother-daughter book clubs, she says, because that was her experience but also because she does believe there are certain issues going on now in our culture that are particularly difficult for girls.

"Boys have issues too, and I have concerns about boys as well, but I think for girls, when you are talking about media and marketing, the sexualization, the stereotypes about girls, the dumbing down of stuff for girls is just so concerning to me, so I don't feel I have anything to apologize for in pushing mother-daughter book clubs."

No, you don't, as far as this reporter is concerned. And now, as my daughter enters the third grade, I'm planning to send this story to her friends' moms. Time for us to start a mother-daughter book club of our own!