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Gender Stereotypes

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...

What Gender Doesn't Have to Do With Making Babies

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When I sat down to write What Makes a Baby, I didn't think gender would be the most controversial part. I thought that if anyone had a problem with the book it would be because I don't put a married heterosexual couple in the middle of the story. I should have known.

WATCH: Sara Gilbert Reveals "Hairy" Leg To Demonstrate Lesbian Stereotype

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Stereotypes are a part of every culture and the hosts of CBS' "The Talk" recently tackled them head on with the help of a few props and a lot of humor...

'Boy Or Girl?' The Challenges Of Gender In Schools

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

CHICAGO -- From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It's a societal norm, an expectation even, that yo...

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

'Sometimes I Wish I Was a Lesbian...'

Marissa Higgins | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

Sometimes she says it sitting across from me in a coffee shop. Sometimes she sends it via text message. And then the conversation turns to the supposedly inherent errors of straight men and the taunting disconnect between men and women's needs. It's a fall back to the old stereotypes.

LOOK: Vintage Ad 'Splains How Men And Women Differ

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.22.2013 | Women

Women and men respond differently to everything, so the sexes should have their own magazines. At least that's the premise of this Ladies Home Jour...

Zelda Wasn't 'Crazy': How What You Don't Know About Fitzgerald Tells Us Something About 'Crazy' Women, Then and Now

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Heather Laine Talley

The "crazy" Zelda that has emerged in our popular imagination is as much Scott's making as The Great Gatsby itself. This is, in and of itself, part of the F. Scott legacy. His work depended on Zelda's silence.

Some Boys Like Dolls: Deconstructing The (Trans)Gender Binary

Lucas Waldron | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Analyzing our obsession with the union of gender expression and biology, it becomes clear that there is not space for people unwilling to live within this oppressive gender binary. Transgender identities are often accepted only when they comply with cookie-cutter definitions of "male" and "female."