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Gender Stereotypes

A Letter to My Gay Gender-Expansive Son

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

Remember when we went on magic carpet rides and sang "A Whole New World" in the car? What I didn't realize then is that you truly were showing me a whole new world.

Why I'm Raising My Sons Like Daughters

Sarah Stewart Holland | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents
Sarah Stewart Holland

Little boys are taught that certain dreams are off limits. Little boys are taught in a million ways that they can do whatever they want -- as long as it's not for girls.

Watch These Adorable French Kids Break Down Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents

A French ad is tackling the subject of gender stereotypes in children's toys. Titled "#GenderFreeChristmas," the video from the food retail group Sys...

Stop Perpetuating Gender Types with Children's Christmas Toys

Catherine Tinsley | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Catherine Tinsley

We, as a collective, socialize boys and girls to be different. We create and then amplify gender-based differences and then pass these along through both overt and subtle messages. Aside from the obvious anatomical differences, boys and girls are much more alike than they are different.

Carly, Hillary And The 'B*tch' Factor

Carol Vallone Mitchell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Carol Vallone Mitchell

We all know the dynamic. While men are applauded for being assertive, driving, independent and self-confident, women demonstrating those same leadership qualities are labeled "pushy," "brusque" and "overbearing." Put bluntly, they are considered b*tches.

Challenging Gendered Cultures in Childhood to Address School Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

One of the overwhelming findings is that kids are living in a world where sexism and sexual violence are not only normalized, but the relationship between sexism and sexual violence is deeply interconnected.

Why I Don't Want To Cut My Son's Hair

Tina Donvito | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Tina Donvito

I didn't mean for it to get this way. I did cut his hair twice, myself. Just a little snip in the back to get rid of the rat tail that was forming. But the second time, it came out a little crooked. So I lost my confidence.

GoldieBlox Imagines What Happens When Girls Get To Be The Movie Heroes

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents

Move over, James Bond. There's a new hero in town, and she's awesome. In an ad for GoldieBlox's new action figure named Ruby Rails, girls have the sta...

After 19-year Probe, Feds KO Complaint Against NYC's All-girls School

Michael Meyers | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Michael Meyers

It only took 19 years -- for the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to approve as legal East Harlem's Young Women's Leadership School (YWLS) which began in 1996 as a middle school for girls and which is now a middle and senior high school.

A Gender-Informed Approach to Education Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Joel Peterson

Public education's purpose is to enable every human being within a society, regardless of economic means or social status, the opportunity to be educated and learn the skills, information, history, norms and intellectual tools that are needed for full participation as adults within that society. If the goal is to educate all people, it may be beneficial to modify some educational instruction, programs or approaches for some students based on gender.

28 Badass Women You Should Be Following On Instagram

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Women

A new initiative from Instagram will highlight women who are using the platform to tell their inspiring stories -- and challenging gender roles alon...

About Our Son: A Letter to My Late Husband

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 10.24.2015 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

I choose to believe that if you met Danny today, you would wrap your arms around him and never want to let him go. Danny would finally know his father's love, and you would know what it's like to love a child so fiercely that nothing can stand in your way.

5 Reasons to Teach Gender Equality in Schools

Joel Peterson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Joel Peterson

Besides the fact that equality -- not sameness -- for all is the law as well as the founding value of our country, here are five additional reasons why (and maybe how) gender education should be taught in our schools.

I Am A Woman, Not A Man In A Dress

Marilu Rose Fanning | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marilu Rose Fanning

All of those little mis-gendered pronouns and mis-gendered references to those of us who are already struggling to become or stay positive about our lives can be really destructive. And yes, just because you didn't mean for them to be, they are very hurtful.

Stories From a Father of 2 Girls: Gender Stereotypes and Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point

Karthik Rajan | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Karthik Rajan

Which preconceived notion (graffiti) of our generation you want our children to be oblivious to? Interested in your thoughts in the comments section. If you like the read, share it with your network.

My Son Was A Princess For Halloween, And I Became A Better Parent

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

A few weeks before my son Danny's 4th birthday, I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween. "I wanna be a princess," he said. He didn't hesitate for a second. But I did. I cringed inside and tried hard not to show it.

2 Moms: The Girls Cook and the Boy Plays With Transformers

The Next Family | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

With a house full of girls, we wondered what life would be like for our son, who would he be? How would that nature or nurture theory really work? It didn't matter to us if he chose princesses or cars, his happiness was truly all that mattered.

An Open Letter to the Stranger Who Called Me a Girl

Paul Florez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Florez

Little background on me, you're not the first person to say I'm not a man. In fact, this isn't even the first time I've been told I look like a girl.

Anne Marie Slaughter Says Gender Equality at Work Is Key to America's Future Competitiveness

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 09.20.2015 | Parents
Alyson Gounden Rock

Anne Marie Slaughter's article in yesterday's New York Times lays bare how women caregivers are shut out of careers because America's workplaces have been built around an ideal worker norm that assumed that any deviance from complete availability signaled a lack of commitment to the company.

Disney Store Ditches Identifying Halloween Costumes By Gender

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents

The Disney Store has taken a step to make sure that kids feel encouraged to choose from any of its Halloween costumes, regardless of their gender. In ...

The Secret World Of Women Surgeons You Had No Idea Existed

Niamey Wilson | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Niamey Wilson

I am a woman in a man's profession, and it's certainly time that the prevalence of societal sex-stereotyping is publicly addressed. We begrudgingly accept this level of misogyny and anti-family sentiment when it's subtle, constitutive and mixed with praise for being tough. After all, this is surgery. And surgeons are tough.

Authentic Politics -- What is That?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

All political candidates dissemble. Indeed, all people do. A degree of deception is required in order to be civil. "It was a pleasure to meet you," is often just a way to gracefully exit a conversation. But at what point does a political candidate take deception too far? In Hillary Clinton's case, that is a critical question. Andrea Mitchell told Clinton she has an authenticity problem. S.A. Miller of the Washington Times described Clinton's "authenticity gap" as a major issue for her coming up to the New Hampshire primary. What does it mean to be authentic, particularly an authentic politician? The term may seem an oxymoron. Politics by nature is about strategy, knowing what to say when, in what way, and to whom. Where is the room for authenticity?

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 08.27.2016 | 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 08.13.2016 | 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.