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Gender Policing

What It's Like To Walk Down The Street While Female

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women

You're walking down the street trying to get to work. You see a group of men standing around, eyeballing you, then one of them lets out a "Hey baby," ...

Call the (Gender) Police!

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer kids are attacked, they are usually the ones who are gender-nonconforming. This highlights the underlying problem: Our culture isn't killing people for being transgender; they're doing it for failing to stay within gender boundaries.

WATCH: Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Father's Gender Policing

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist and writer Janet Mock stopped by HuffPost Live today to discuss her new book, "Redefining Realness," as well as her life and expe...

Rethinking LGBTQ Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

What is needed are interventions that understand the problem of LGBTQ bullying as rooted in cultural values, not in individual "bad" children, and that see schools as sites where traditional genders and heterosexuality are valued, rewarded, and given positions of power and prestige.

'Straightening Up' the Classroom

James Harrell | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
James Harrell

Several of the older boys began to lie on one another, each resting his head on the lower waist of the boy behind him, until one of the male teachers reminded them that they were "acting gay." This teacher was out of line, but he wasn't out of character for many educators in our nation's classrooms.

BET Isn't the Only One Policing Gender

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 09.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

At the BET Awards, B. Scott had his unique gender expression and appearance on the red carpet policed. Known for his luxurious hair, beat face, and fabulous outfits, B. Scott was confronted by a situation that many who refuse to conform to society's expectation of manhood find ourselves.

'Slut': Gender Policing As Bullying Ritual

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

For girls, "slut" and its derivatives are among the most common and most feared of possible pejoratives hurled in the high-school social arena, equivalent in regulatory power to the "fag" label for boys. Both "slut" and "fag" tell young people that they are doing their gender "wrong."