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Book of Odds Looks at Valentine's Day: Ten Things About Love's Holiday

Amram Shapiro | Posted 08.09.2014 | Books
Amram Shapiro

Valentine's Day, like love, is complicated. It is named for a saint, yet its roots are pagan. It raises expectations and heart rates, but doesn't al...

Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

Wolf-whistles, "hey baby" and "keep smiling honey!" are the types of things you'd expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what...

12 Gender-Bending Photos That Challenge Traditional Relationship Roles (NSFW)

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

When it comes to the roles men and women play in relationships, there exists a very traditional, not to mention heteronormative, mentality that says p...

Why I Wouldn't Watch the Super Bowl and Won't Support Football: Let Me Count My Reasons

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While I admire the majestic Bald Eagle, and I regard the U.S. Constitution as a stunningly intelligent and inspired document, some people treat me as if I have committed patriotic heresy by challenging the long-established unofficial national game of football.

'Girls Can Be Princesses. Boys Can Be Anything They Want.'

Ben Irwin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Ben Irwin

My kids deserve better than another set of books telling boys they can be whatever they want, while girls should stick to being princesses.

The Short Hair Social Experiment Every College Woman Should Try

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

I cut my hair to challenge notions of beauty, but it became so much more than that. Keeping it short became my small fight to who I was expected to be.

For Daughters, Is Babysitting the First Step on the Mommy Track?

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

By endorsing my daughter's entry into the babysitting business so unconsciously, was I contributing to the cycle of gender discrimination when it comes to childcare and housekeeping?

How A Yoga Dropout Transformed Herself Into A Competitive Athlete In Just 1 Year

Rebecca Kukla | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kukla

One of the most amazing transformations for me has been the change in my courage. I am not afraid of people looking at my body, nor of what the scale says, nor -- most importantly -- of trying new things. For the first time in my life I feel like I'll try anything at least once.

Hannah and Nate, Love and Hate: Gender in The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 03.26.2014 | Books
Sunny Bjerk

What is at stake when a female author captures the male experience so vividly? Is it that the male perspective, or the male gaze -- where ever that is -- can be mimicked or performed? Perhaps.

If You Don't Buy Me a Drink, I Won't Date You

Eric Barry | Posted 03.24.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

As a recent transplant to Chicago from San Francisco, I've been faced with a number of questions regarding what Midwest cultural norms I'll have to ad...

The Church Is a Her: Why I Love the Ecclesia Effeminate

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

The church is not only a Bride -- the church is also an incarnational Body and a royal kingdom Witness -- but when it comes to gender, the beauty of the feminine in communion with the Divine is the only metaphor that Scripture gives us. And for this reason, we ought to love the ecclesia effeminate.

Evolving Gender Roles in the Vedas

KidSpirit | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion

Today, the same philosophy from the same scriptures is followed in a different way. My spiritual community is liberal, and yet the essence of the Vedas is preserved: love for God and all other living entities.

10 Stunning Reasons Dancers Are Breaking Down Gender Norms

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

For far too long, stereotypical forms of masculinity have excluded the ability to show or express emotions. Many young men are taught to keep their fe...

The Reality of Justification

Vanessa Dunne | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Vanessa Dunne

Next time you find yourself questioning someone's actions, male or female, or find yourself justifying your own actions, take a moment to remind yourself that you have the freedom to live your life the way YOU want to, and so does the other person.

Find Your Dirty Dance

Adrienne Becker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Adrienne Becker

A man I'll call Mr. Pebble had this to say at a "Girls Under 10" soccer coaches meeting I attended last fall in Los Angeles: "Girls at this age should not be coached to win; they are not competitive, not as intense as boys, and should not be pushed."

What Are Some Common Forms of Sexism That Men Face?

Quora | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Arsène Hodali, Jazz Juner Boys are commonly shown less compassion than girls from an early ...

The Manliest Things About These Men Might Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.18.2013 | Women

"I write love letters to myself every day." "My ability to show pure emotion." "I think critically and stand up." These are the thoughts one group ...

Why I've Always Loved Doing Housework

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

For me, the intimacy of organizing my children's closets, folding their socks, making their meals -- it was as integral to my life as their mother as watching them play sports or helping them with their homework. By performing these day-to-day tasks, I was able to gain an insight into their lives in a way that my husband couldn't.

Denver Mother Teaches School A Lesson About Gender Discrimination

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

Sometimes it seems like the whole world is conspiring against your daughter’s self-esteem: the ads in her magazines, the characters on her tv shows,...

Becoming An Expert Isn't What It's Cracked Up to Be

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Tara Campbell

Every once in a while I NEED TO CHECK THIS FAMILY IN. A little rechecking and retraining of how we are a team and that is takes a family to run a house -- this house anyways!

I'm a Jesus Feminist Because... Paul!

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

This famous bit from Galatians 3 is the reason I'm a Jesus Feminist. And that may strike some feminist ears as odd, because the apostle Paul has long been the bane of many an equality activist's existence.

The Role of Women in the Bahá'í Faith

KidSpirit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

I'm a 12-year-old girl who has grown up in a community of Bahá'ís. It is really astonishing to be a part of a religion that is not common around New York, or any place, actually.

In This Moment Challenges Metal's Gendered Norm

Chris Sosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Maria Brink leads an all-male band. These band members embody an extreme masculinity, but Brink complicates this by maintaining her leadership of the stage, their gendered power irrelevant to the proceedings. This isn't to say they're disparaged. Quite the opposite: The effect is symbiotic.

Shouldering the Burdens of the Purse-Toting Man

Matt Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Siegel

I don't need a messenger bag, the most acceptable of purses for men. I don't schlep my laptop or classified files around with me. I just need what is essentially a large pocket that I don't have to wear. I usually just call it a bag, but people like to call it a purse to see how I'll react.

Wondrous Confusion: How Gender Shimmers in the Fluidity of Being Bi

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I find that the fluidity of my experience of gender -- female but with traditionally masculine dimensions -- contributes to my sense of whom I could love. When I began to grasp this gender fluidity in myself, I also gained a clearer, richer grasp of my bisexuality. Confused? Welcome!