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Stop Making It About Gender

Roxanne Hobbs | Posted 07.20.2016 | Media
Roxanne Hobbs

How women are portrayed, considered and represented is currently on everyone's agenda. In this guest post, Roxanne Hobbs and Flora Joll from Mullen L...

If You Want Women To Think You Smell Manly, Maybe Try Deodorant

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Science

We always thought deodorant mainly affected how close other people will stand to you. But new evidence suggests it also can influence how masculine or...

What Losing All Of My Hair Taught Me About Black Womanhood

Sienna Brown | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices
Sienna Brown

No matter what situation you might be going through, the most important thing to remember is that you define your narrative. You have the power to take an unfortunate situation and to learn from it, coming out better than ever.

"Sun & Moon" Poetry

Meg DeBussey | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Meg DeBussey

The sun shine singes my skin In prickly patches of abrasive tinges. Corrosive edges of Burnt starburst--bursting forth, Heavily heaved And collaps...

Why You Need Feminine Energy in Your Masculine Profession (Hint: There IS Crying in Baseball)

Kristen Knepper | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Kristen Knepper

My friend Luke went to a personal development seminar recently. Being a self-help junkie myself, I was eager to debrief with him. "What was your ah-ha...

Two Comedians Duke It Out With Tyrese And Rev Run Over Traditional Gender Roles

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.11.2016 | OWN

The gloves are off. On the season finale of Tyrese and Rev. Run's relationship series "It's Not You, It's Men" (airing this Saturday), the two hosts r...

An Incredible Thing Happened When This Man Bought Himself A Pair Of Gucci Heels

Michael Rohrer | Posted 03.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I knew I had chosen a safe space in which to experience my grand initiation of wearing unmistakably women's shoes in public, but I wasn't prepared for the feeling of joy that flooded my heart.

Here's What I Want You To Know About My Life as a Feminine Transman

Bentley Burdick | Posted 03.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Bentley Burdick

Falling in the middle, both in body and with how I dress, is what makes me comfortable. I feel attractive when I take time to do makeup or sculpt my facial hair, I feel desirable in a flippy skirt or click-clacking boots.

How Femininity Shaming Helped Create the Divide Between LGB and T

Dana Aliya Levinson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Aliya Levinson

Because of the strictures of the social hierarchy of 'masc' over 'femme' that's pervasive in many corners of gay life, as well as in heteronormative circles, the shamed become the shamers.

You Are Man Enough? You Are Woman Enough?

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I'm here to tell you, there is no fear in Christ, there is freedom. There is no shame in Christ, there is strength. There is no guilt in Christ, there is redemption.

WNBA Star Has The Perfect Response When People Comment On Her Height

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.25.2016 | OWN

Let's begin by stating the obvious: At 6'5", Lisa Leslie is tall. She always has been. In fact, the former WNBA superstar had reached the six-foot mar...

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on BlackandWordy.com Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

Redefining What It Means to Be a Gay Black Man

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

What's sad to me is that we have bought into the propaganda that black masculinity and gayness are mutually exclusive. For this very reason, there is a host of gay black men who are comfortable being silent.

Womanhood Blossoming From Girlhood

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 12.01.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

There is a purity in her girlhood: she has not learned to despise her femininity or distrust her good desires. She does not know there are people who scoff at her simple love and shun her pleasure in loveliness. And so, her girlhood shines like a beacon into my own heart.

The Best Thing I Discovered When I Stopped Shaving My Legs

Kelsey Heeringa | Posted 11.16.2015 | Women
Kelsey Heeringa

I stopped shaving on a trip to Ecuador. As I traveled through rural villages and learned to appreciate the hard and proud lives of indigenous women and men and children, shaving just disappeared from my radar as a valuable use of my time.

This Is The Real Difference Between Dogs And Cats

Nancy Roman | Posted 11.10.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

When I was a little girl, I believed -- for much longer than I should admit -- that all dogs were boys and all cats were girls. I believed this despite the fact that when I was about five I had a dog named Daisy. But I never for one minute believed that Daisy was a girl.

This Artist Photographed 109 Women To Redefine 'Femininity'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women

Taking photos at a military base completely changed how one artist thought about femininity. (Story continues below. Some images may be considered N...

10 Reasons I'm Thankful For My Hysterectomy

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

For decades, I bowed to the assumption that I was less of a woman because of my faulty reproductive organs. Even after our family was complete, I bought into the stigma that I would abandon my femininity if I had a hysterectomy.

The Problem With Pink

Ursula Burton | Posted 07.24.2016 | Women
Ursula Burton

When it comes to the pink craze for girls? Now we have a problem. As currently used in the marketing of everything from clothing to tools, pink is no longer simply a color -- it is the foundation of a constrained concept of femininity.

Stop Scrutinizing Female Athletes For the Wrong Reasons

Lori Day | Posted 07.16.2016 | Women
Lori Day

I am so sick of the scrutinizing of female athletes and whether or not they are feminine, whether they can be both feminine and athletic, and all the rest of that tired, sexist, clueless, despicable BS. Heads-up: Athleticism is not gendered.

Bad Ass and Owning It

Cynthia Kane | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
Cynthia Kane

I will not blame myself or any other woman for giving into the fear. But I am going to celebrate every Serena, Bree, Malala, Janelle, Joanna and the countless other women who manage to point the way to out of the fear of being feminine while being who we are.

Part and Parcel: Nin Andrews

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Beauty leads to vulnerability, and beauty is most often seen as a feminine quality. These concepts are thoroughly, almost obviously embedded in our culture.

Men's Group: Finding My Manhood in a World of Skinny Jeans, Hipster Beards and David Beckham

Shaun Zaken | Posted 06.24.2016 | Comedy
Shaun Zaken

It's dark. Very dark. And I'm in the woods, surrounded by strange men with flashlights on their heads. I'm cold. Hungry. And really scared. A guy with neck tattoos is squinting at me. Please, God, don't let me piss him off.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.21.2016 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.