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Gender Stereotypes

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Gender in Presidential Politics: Changing the Conversation

Barbara Lee | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Barbara Lee

As longtime observers and analysts of women's political progress, we look forward to seeing how a gender-forward election season unfolds. Instead of clichés and easy headlines about pantsuits and catfights, we must see serious and nuanced discussion, drawing on a growing body of research about gender in politics.

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

Childhood Gender Impressions: The Historical Conflict of Ballet 1

Martín Gutierrez | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Martín Gutierrez

I face a constant pressure to define myself, to pick a label so others don't feel uncomfortable. But, I don't want to sacrifice my gender fluidity for the convenience of a label. I don't want to be shamed into a category. I don't want to lie.

12 Brilliant Kids' Clothing Lines That Say No To Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents

In October 2013, Jennifer Muhm's 4-year-old daughter declared she wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween. But when the mom and daughter flipped throu...

I Tried to Explain What I Enjoy About Makeup to My Male Friend Who Doesn't Get It.

Annie Walton Doyle | Posted 04.06.2015 | Style
Annie Walton Doyle

Apparently, he "kind of gets it" now.One good thing about boys is their readiness to admit their inferiority in the conversation. They know that they don't know anything, and that's refreshing to see.

How Mindfulness Can Quash Stereotypes

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

In making others feel like they should look or act differently, we rob humanity of its very core -- that of individuality. So let's aim to be more mindful about our words and actions, so we can help rid our communities from the shackles of the 'isms' -- sexism, ageism, racism -- and simply allow ourselves to be more...human.

To Quote Emma Watson...

Sarah Cannata | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Sarah Cannata

It wasn't until attending the first event in the series and listening to a panel of successful and inspiring women that I too was asking this question: In 2015, why are we still engaging in a conversation based on obtaining equality for all?

I'm Not Just Raising Little Boys, I'm Trying to Raise Good Men

Meredith Ethington | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

Your daughters believe you when you say that there are no boys out there good enough for them. Sure, a woman doesn't need a man to survive, but let's not raise her thinking that not only does she not need them, but that there actually aren't any good ones.

Barbies, Hot Lava and One Unhappy Dad

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

Ryan looked up at his father, and a tiny wrinkle of worry appeared between his eyebrows. His dad was not happy, and it was clear Ryan didn't know why. My pulse accelerated. I felt uncomfortable witnessing this scene.

Kids Talk About What It Means To Be 'Manly'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents

Kids pick up social cues about what it means to a boy or a girl early on, and hearing them speak about their perception of gender roles is eye-opening...

Female Eco-Activists Are Not Dumb Sluts

Amanda Hessling | Posted 03.12.2015 | Green
Amanda Hessling

Im not asking you to give up these stereotypes. If you did, you'd be lucky to make it through the next week alive. What I am asking of you is to, please, just be mindful of them.

Both Women and Men Are Emotional Beings With the Capability to Suffer From Mental Illness

Marisa Lancione | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

A lot of people, myself included, benefit from taking medication to manage our moods. And whether you choose medication, therapy or both, it's important that you seek help for your mental health and choose the treatment that's right for you.

I'm An 18-Year-Old Boy Who Wears Blue Nail Polish -- Get Over It

Nasir Fleming | Posted 03.11.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Sometime last year, I complimented a mother on an adorable child who happened to be sporting periwinkle attire. I kindly asked, "Is it a girl or a boy?" She looked at me with disgust, and said, "She's clearly a girl, look at the color of her clothing."

Gender Stereotypes and the Sister-Brother Relationship

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

The relationships between sister and sister or brother and brother are celebrated in greeting cards, inspirational sayings, and other Hallmark-worthy moments. Yet I have loved watching the web that is continuously being spun between my children...a lone sister and brother.

The Competitive Blueprint of a Woman

Alison Chrun | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Alison Chrun

Well, now I look in the mirror and ask the hard questions. I separate the important from the unimportant; the real from the fake; the benefit of the doubt from the judgments, the love from the darkness. And I make a choice.

How Old-School Gender Norms Hold Everyone Back

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women

“You’re a man. Whoever the woman is, it’s their responsibility to listen to what you say." That's how one man defines masculinity in a new vi...

Science Confirms That Men Are The More Narcissistic Sex

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science

It turns out there's a reason your male boss is so obsessed with himself: Society hardwired him to act that way. In a provocative new study publish...

A Challenge for Women: Love Yourself Even When Society Says Otherwise

Nora Turriago | Posted 03.04.2015 | Women
Nora Turriago

It must be noted that the process of confidence and self-love is exactly that: a process. It doesn't occur overnight. Rather, consider every day an opportunity to practice reminding yourself who, exactly, you are. Love yourself unconditionally.

The Tracks of Men's Tears

Michael Kimmel | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Michael Kimmel

Modern masculinity is measured not by a stoicism that makes us resemble an inanimate object (a rock, a pillar) but by a capacity for feeling, a capacity to be moved -- even moved to tears. It may once have been true that, as the Cure sang, "Boys don't cry." But not anymore. Today, real men cry.

Women in Tech: Brian Kraznich's Plan Is Good Economics

Stephen Adams | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Stephen Adams

High-profile promotions like those of Marissa Mayer to CEO at Yahoo, and Sheryl Sandberg to COO at Facebook, suggest that a critical mass of women have found a place in the computer technology industry.

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Lori Day | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps even good.

re Women Mind Readers?

Joselyn DiPetta | Posted 04.19.2015 | Small Business
Joselyn DiPetta

Everyone possesses the ability to be empathetic and read the room. Though this skill appears to be better utilized by women, men can develop and hone this skill as well, enabling all teams to be more effective.

Are Women Worse at Math? It's Time to Stop Asking

Cailin O'Connor | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Cailin O'Connor

It has been shown that even seemingly inconsequential stimuli can lead to stereotype threat. Researchers found that female students who checked the gender box before taking their AP calculus exam, as students usually do, did worse than students who checked the box after.

Beyond Bathrooms: The Vaginal Swab

Olivia Wilson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

I feel myself shrink. There's a terrible nanosecond in which I question the anatomy I've had since birth, then there is horror at my mind's susceptibility to authority, but then, eventually, somehow, there is clarity.