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Entries by Dr. Peggy Drexler from 01/2013

Daughters, Too, Benefit From Influence of Good Dads

| Posted 01.05.2013 | Parents

Increasingly dads are showing their daughters how to be strong and effective navigators of their lives much as they have always done with their sons.

Beauty and the Boy: The Impact of Negative Body Image on Our Boys

| Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living

Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.

When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad

| Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents

While it's easy for parents to get angry at men like Lance Armstrong for letting kids down, situations like his present a great opportunity to talk to kids about dealing with disappointment. And about what it means to admire someone for a particular talent or skill versus what it means to consider a person a role model.

Modern Heroes for Boys

| Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents

Boys in particular often look to sports heroes as role models, and it can be easy to see why: they excel in a way that most boys are familiar with and can understand. But it's key to encourage boys to look to other, perhaps less conventional role models for examples of how they might want to live and grow.

Why Aren't Women Voting for Women?

| Posted 01.26.2013 | Women

Women, still judge other women -- simply put, continue to be judged against the standards initiated and maintained by men. And because many women therefore know quite well what it's like to feel judged, they then turn that judgment back on one another.

Pourquoi les femmes ne votent-elles pas pour les femmes?

| Posted 01.28.2013 | France C'est La Vie

FÉMINISME - Les femmes ne soutiennent pas les candidates en politique en raison du "grand fossé" entre ce que les femmes croient et leur volonté d'agir selon ces croyances. Reste que les femmes proclament vouloir l'égalité, mais le souhaitent-elles vraiment ?

Pourquoi les femmes ne votent-elles pas pour les femmes?

| Posted 01.28.2013 | Quebec Art De Vivre

Les femmes ne soutiennent pas les candidates en politique en raison du "grand fossé" entre ce que les femmes croient et leur volonté d'agir selon ces croyances. Reste que les femmes proclament vouloir l'égalité, mais le souhaitent-elles vraiment?

Don't Write Men Off Just Yet

| Posted 01.29.2013 | Women

For many years, I faithfully drank eight glasses of water a day. I was told it was good for me. I never really knew who first said that, or why. Now I find out that it's just a rough guideline from a 1945 government report; which also pointed out that we get most of the water we need from just eating food. I'm beginning to wonder if the same thing is happening in that turbulent new arena of gender handicapping: that women are rising and men are toast -- their masculine roles as fire starter and bear killer usurped by a new age of female power. Like the water rule, it's been repeated so often, we've come to accept it as fact. But also like the water rule, conventional wisdom about the decline of men ignores an important qualifier.