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Gender Stereotypes

9 Things Every Male Nurse Should Know

Femi Borisade | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Femi Borisade

Some men shy away from the nursing field because of the perception that nursing is a female-dominated field. But, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of male nurses has increased significantly over the years. As a male nurse myself, here are nine things that I have learned along the way.

Our Bigender God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

My wife and I have been thinking a lot about gender lately. An article my daughter posted pointed out the layers of complexity of the issue which Caitlyn Jenner brought to America's door step.

Can You See Me Now: Raynette Turner, Sandra Bland and the Invisibility of Black Women

Yohuru Williams | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

We all face the challenge of truly seeing beyond our own entry point the travails of our sisters who make up roughly 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but who remain largely on the margins in the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens -- and often in their own communities.

Choosing Toys: What Eliminating Gender Labels in the Toy Aisles Really Means

Laurie Schacht | Posted 08.12.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Toys will likely still be where they have always been. Barbie will still commandeer the doll aisle, alongside her friends Elsa, Frankie Stein, and Twilight Sparkle. If you are looking for one of these lovely ladies, odds are, you are interested in other fashion dolls as well.

Girls Don't Need Pink Blocks

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 08.12.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

There is, of course, a gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math-related careers -- a divide caused by many factors. The pink blocks made me wonder: What part do we parents play in that disparity between boys and girls?

'LEGO' Documentary Directors On The Gender Imbalance Of Toys

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents

LEGO has been heralded as one of the few gender neutral toys on the market, yet the company came under fire in 2012 when it released LEGO Fr...

16 Things Sexist Male Writers Say To Female Writers

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Christine Stoddard

"Adult women's writing isn't that much different from what they wrote as angsty teen girls. Boo-hoo, sorry you didn't get Prince Charming."

The Unexpected Reason Caitlyn Jenner Is Suffering From Insomnia

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Caitlyn Jenner's public transition has been one of 2015's cultural highlights, and we're excited to more fully explore her story in the new documentar...

5 Everyday Actions You Can Take to Support Gender Equality (and They're Not All What You'd Expect)

Krystina Nguyen | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Krystina Nguyen

If you go to any toy store, the section marked for boys has sporting equipment, action figures, and race cars. The section for girls? Princess dolls and play vanity sets. What messages do we send when these are the general choices we give our kids?

Kim Bellware

The Troubling Message Your Kids Are Learning From Their Clothes | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents

Kids' clothing sends a powerful message to little boys and girls -- and parents might not like what it's telling them. The debate over sexism and ...

Amy Schumer On Why ‘Trainwreck' Defies Dating Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women

Amy Schumer is the feminist gift that keeps on giving. From her hilarious acceptance speech at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards to her declara...

Why I Let My Son Wear a Dress

Frida Berrigan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. I am trying to check my straight (but not narrow), hetero-normative biases. I am trying to give my son more than two choices.

What Teenage Boys Should Know About Teenage Girls

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Our lives, beginning when we were teenagers, have distinctly different aspects and are affected in ways that teenagers today are usually still not talking about. As young as 11 or 12, different rules and double standards based on gender begin to alter our day-to-day experiences in subtle, and often not-so-subtle, ways.

Caitlyn, Feminism, and What it Means to Be a Woman

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 07.06.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

We get to choose how we define what it means to be a woman and we also get to define feminism. There's room for stay at home mothers, women with career ambitions, the single mother who struggles to support her children, the wealthy Upper East Side wife, and, yes, Caitlyn Jenner.

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

What My Freckle-Face and Yellow Shorts Reveal About Implicit Bias

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Kristen Lee Costa

There's no such thing as an unbiased person. Just ask researchers Greenwald and Banaji, authors of Blindspot, and their colleagues at Project Implicit. They've discovered that-because of a lifetime of conditioning by social institutions like the media, church and schools-we harbor unconscious biases that influence our judgments about people's character, ability and potential.

Susan Sarandon Explains Why The 'Fluidity Of Gender' Is So Exciting

OWN | Posted 06.12.2015 | OWN

For decades, the world has known Susan Sarandon not just as a talented actress, but also an outspoken advocate for a wide range of women's issues, fro...

Don't Call Me Strong

Dani Bostick | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

Victim. While it is not my primary identity, it will always be a part of who I am. Frequently, the media praises victims for "not allowing themselves to be called a victim." As if it were degrading and demeaning words along the lines of "slut."

Girls Can't Play With Dinosaurs?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

"Of course you can be a paleontologist when you grow up, you can be anything you put your mind to... You can't have dinosaurs they're for boys! What a...

Why I Hate the TSA (But Not All the Agents)

Tristan Higgins | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I am a law-abiding American. As a rule follower, I know I have nothing to fear, but still private rooms in airports have always scared me. They seem like places -- at least in the movies -- where you go in, bad things happen to you, and you stay a long time without any family or counsel.

Caitlyn Jenner Is a Person -- Not a Label

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

Caitlyn Jenner is more than a label in the culture wars; the complexity of her choice shines a light on the labels we affix to others and ourselves. Her choice would not be mine, but I celebrate and admire her. It is an invitation to live beyond the cheap grace of labeling others.

Parents Combat Gender Stereotypes With Futuristic Kids' Clothing Line

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents

Designer Tiffe Fermaint and her fiancé Keith Walker hope that their kids' clothing line will provide a cool alternative to the countless children's b...

Emily Peck

Here Are The Words That May Keep Women From Applying For Jobs | Emily Peck | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business

You’d think that in 2015, no company would post a job ad and make it clear that only men need apply. But a number of companies, especially in the te...

Here's A Trick That May Help People Become Less Racist & Sexist

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that sleep boosts the brain, helping us consolidate memories and learn new things. Now, a provocative new study shows i...