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Gender Stereotypes

It Takes All Kinds

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.23.2016 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

We're all talking. Kids are talking, adults are talking and, hallelujah, the conversation is ON about diversity, especially when it comes to children.

Tender Is the New Strong for Boys

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
LJ Charleston

While girls are given the freedom these days to be strong, think about giving your boys the freedom to be tender and soft.

This Dad Painted His Nails To Support His Bullied Son

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents

When a 4-year-old Brazilian boy was bullied at school, his parents, Thiago and Laura Sagrilo, had the best response. Arthur, it seems, has an aff...

How Highly Gendered Toys Present an Exclusively Heterosexual Worldview to Children

Lori Day | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

Let kids choose. What are we so afraid of? If we are fine with choice, it is time to show the toy manufacturers and marketers that their financial profiteering off the gendering of our children's toys is over.

Nigel Barker Talks 'Cookie Cutter' Beauty Standards

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.11.2015 | Women

As a longtime fashion photographer and HeForShe advocate, Nigel Barker has a lot to say about the definition of beauty within the fashion industry, es...

Amazon Removes 'Boys' And 'Girls' From Toy Categories

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents

It appears that Amazon is finally "letting toys be toys." As techie Twitter user Jack Danger pointed out in a tweet, Amazon made a small change to ...

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 06.23.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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...