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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Danica "Winnie" McKellar all grown up

Mom_wonderyears So you're saying, of course Danica McKellar is grown up. She's 35 now and expecting her first child. She was just a kid when she starred on The Wonder Years. So why should we care about what she does?

Well, a few years ago, McKellar wrote a book called Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail. The book was directed at middle school girls who didn't like or get math. In 2007, she spoke with a teen writer for the Times and talked about how she felt it was really important for girls and women to understand math. McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA, majoring in mathematics. Cool!

Back then, here's what McKellar had to say to girls:"If there's a guy you have to play dumb for, he must Mom_danica not have very much to offer if he's going to be that intimidated by a girl with a brain."

That leads us to why McKellar is on our minds today. She just posed for Maxim, the men's mag with lots of photos of scantily clad women. McKellar is shown unbuttoning her school-girl uniform to reveal a red bra and panties in one of her poses. There are others. Oh, and she has a new book coming out in August, Hot X: Algebra Exposed.

So let me get this straight:  it's not okay to play dumb to get a guy. But it is okay to show a lot of skin in the hopes of selling some books. I don't think that's a lesson we want girls to learn.

-- Sherry Robinson

[Top left: Josh Saviano, Fred Savage and Danica McKellar in a 1988 ABC photo from The Wonder Years;]

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