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Gender Stereotypes

Hey, Toys 'R' Us, Stop Thrusting Gender Roles on My Kids!

Rob Watson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The girls' section was a pink bubble. The themes: fashion, cooking and cleaning. The promotional words on the packages were fun and frivolous. In contrast, the toys meant for boys communicated leadership, command, speed, agility, skill, might and success. I got the message then and there.

The Most Important Revolution We Forgot

Ellen Snortland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ellen Snortland

If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I'd spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It's called Feminist: Stories of Women's Liberation.

Ok, I Admit It, I Do Hate Pink

Lori Day | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

Not the color per se. I actually love the color. Given that pink is now a corporate-created, profit-driven cotton, polyester or plastic gender signifier for girls, we've got way too much pink Kool-Aid drinking going on.

Men Feel Bad Around Smart, Successful Women

Lisa Wade | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Lisa Wade

You know all those badass ladies out there that are inexplicably single? Well, maybe it's not so inexplicable.

7 Ways To Beat Back Caregiver Stress

Sherri Snelling | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Some believe it all started with a tennis match in the 1970s but the battle between the sexes has always existed -- it just gets updated for today's modern dilemmas: who gets paid more at work for the same job, who is a better driver, who controls the remote at home, who gets kicked off the reality TV program island and on it goes.

Parents Outraged By Message Sent By Shoe Company Ad

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents

Yet another brand has angered parents by marketing to girls and boys separately and using antiquated gender stereotypes to do so. This time, ads by sh...

Sticks, Stones and #Slanegirl or Why Shaming Girls Is a Blood Sport

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Soraya Chemaly

Know her? Because last weekend, thousands and thousands of people shared and "liked" photos of the 17-year-old fellating a man at an Eminem concert outside of Slane Castle in Ireland.

Get Your Assumptions Off My Kid

Amelia | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices

While the stylist was working on my son's hair, she started talking about what a lady killer he must be and how he must be fighting off the girls with a stick, etc. I knew she was still trying to be complimentary, but my son is gay and has self-identified that way for almost two years.

Who Dares to Bake Cookies for the Office?

Karen Firestone | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business
Karen Firestone

In this era of celebrity chefs, foodies and foodists, reality TV cook-offs and locavore restaurants, why is it that virtually no men, and almost no professional women, would dare bake or cook anything for their colleagues?

Why I Don't Do Pride Anymore

Eden Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

It wasn't neo-Nazis and threats of violence that stopped me from going to Pride. It wasn't the commercialization of Pride that deterred me from staking my claim to my part of the LGBTQI space. It was a butch lesbian with a bouncer's badge.

One Physical Attribute You Really Shouldn't Ignore

Terry K Carr | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Terry K Carr

Growing up in my house, I chose to be a quiet girl as a way to feel safe. When I was 7, I was taken to an outdoor concert where I saw a beautiful woman on stage about to sing. As soon as her voice floated over our seats, the desire to sing grabbed a hold of my heart and didn't let go.

LOOK: Anti-Gender Violence Initiative 'Saves Seats' For Victims Of Femicide

Nader Salass | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact

A fed-up Italian woman is standing up to violence against women in a society where domestic abuse and gender stereotypes are deeply rooted. Mar...

What Happened When My Son Wore A Pink Headband To Walmart

Katie Vyktoriah | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Katie Vyktoriah

A grown man who should know better decided it was OK to step in and "teach" my child what it is to be manly. He thought it was OK to judge my child because he was not adhering to HIS idea of what a little boy should be.

Lost in Trans-lation

Nadia Cho | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Transgender and genderqueer individuals challenge us to think about how people are defined and what it means to be who we really are. What constitutes a man or a woman is dictated by cultural norms, and how we identify with a certain gender is more complicated than we think. Gender is a spectrum.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Girls

Lori Day | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

Here's the thing about girls, and all children, actually: They see no limits to their potential until adults point them out.

WATCH: Riley's Back!

Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents

Riley Maida's impassioned discourse on the stereotype-filled marketing of children's toys -- particularly "pink stuff" -- went viral a couple years ba...

10 Things Lesbians Hate to Hear

Marissa Higgins | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

4. "Who's the guy in your relationship?" Ouch. Some aspects of the patriarchy simply don't apply in same-sex relationships, and someone having to be "the guy" in a lesbian relationship is one of them.

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Homophobia: A Guide for Straight People

Michael Solis | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

The following are 10 strategies geared toward heterosexual men and women, who are key to dismantling forms of communication that invisibilize LGBT people. The catch is that a few of them require straight people to step outside the heteronormative comfort zone and pretend to be gay.

Dear Lauryn Hill, You Just Lost One

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Not only did her comments not clarify the use of certain expressions, but they confirmed a judgmental standpoint on alternative forms of gender expression. "Girl men" and drag queens are examples of persons who hide behind neurotic behaviors?

Kissing Colleagues

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.08.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Striving for gender equality both in and out of the workplace doesn't mean women should be striving to emulate, "overtake," or actually be men. Whatever women choose to do -- hug, kiss, handshake -- it's key to embrace the choice and approach the movement with confidence and ease.

LOOK: Comparison Of '70s Toys To Today's Is Startling

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 06.07.2013 | Parents

Walk into any toy store and you'll notice a considerable amount of pink "girly" toys and darker-colored "boyish" toys. Rewind two decades, however, an...

Gender Traitor? Guess What This Dad Wants for Father's Day

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

In many ways, our home is where gender stereotypes come to die. I'm a balding stay-at-home father with a Yorkie, so I've been making ego adjustments for many years now.

She's So Trauma

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The phrase "she's so drama" is used to needle someone who acts too "girly" by expressing more emotion than social conventions allow. But we might ask ourselves whether he (or "she") could be the victim of a social trauma, the trauma of being viewed, treated, and dismissed as "like a girl."

WATCH: Lesbian Responds To Really Dumb Question About Dressing Butch With... A Watermelon?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Lesbians get asked all sorts of silly questions. One of them is, "If you love women so much, how come you don't dress like one?" In the video abov...

LOOK: What Happens When You 'Flip' Headlines About Women

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.30.2013 | Women

What would articles about women look like if they were rewritten to be about men? Absurd. That's the premise behind the Flip The News Tumblr, wh...