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Gender Stereotypes

Popularity, Heterosexism and Girls' School Success

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

For adolescent girls, heterosexuality and a traditional presentation of femininity are the foundation of the high school social hierarchy. Attaining status requires dedication to the attraction of boys. So where does this leave adolescent lesbian and queer girls?

Great Hacker Dads Make Female Video Game Heroes

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Most video games, like movies and other popular media, either entirely ignore female protagonists or marginalize, sexualize and objectify them. Boys and girls learn that as they grow older, females are invisible, distressed or simply accessories.

What Not to Say to a Nurse

Mona Shattell | Posted 05.08.2013 | Women
Mona Shattell

I thought that we as a society had gotten past sexy nurse costumes for Halloween. I'm a nurse. I'm a woman and I have a PhD.

Husbands Who Extinguish Their Wives' Libidos

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.19.2013 | Women
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Modern wives often lose the sensuality of womanhood. They are feminine when they marry but are quickly relegated to the roles of caretaker, wage-earner, housekeeper, and waitress. Paradoxically, the grand extinguisher, often, is the wife's own husband.

Updating Valentine's Day Traditions for an Egalitarian Era

Andrew Smiler | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Andrew Smiler

I've always been told Valentine's Day is a holiday that celebrates love -- a couple's love for each other, not just a man's love for a woman. Or her love of him, for that matter. Yet everything I've learned about how to act on Valentine's day tells me that it's really about his love for her.

Is Gaydar Experiencing Signal Failure?

Allison Hope | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

My gaydar should be stronger than ever, but a strange phenomenon is now occurring. As celesbians like Ellen get more glam-dyked out and less butch, and as pink becomes the new black for metrosexual men with their murses, my gaydar is getting blocked by static.

Equality And Gender Roles Don't Coexist When A Woman Loves A Woman

Robyn Harper | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

A question often asked of same-gender couples is, "Who is the man and who is the woman in the relationship?" It is perhaps the most illustrative example of gender-role conformity at its worst. We are not just genders with roles to fill. We are individuals.

Front-lines and Sidelines: Time to Let Go of Gender Stereotypes

Brad Harrington | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced their intention to lift the ...

The Rise Of The Gay Feminist

Tyler Curry | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

The gay community is not immune to the idea that femininity is second-class. We still trot out our brawniest and brusquest as our spokesmen. It astounds me that gay culture continues to perpetuate the values that have kept women and gay men oppressed.

Sexist Dads Have Surprising Impact On Daughters, Research Suggests

Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 01/18/2013 06:33 PM EST on LiveScience NEW ORLEANS — Dads who have egalitarian idea...

You've Got a Friend

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

No photo, witty posting or apt political cartoon can match sitting on a park bench with a friend. No amount of clicking "like" stands in for keeping me company before a scary mammogram. Friends take that seat next to you so you don't sit alone.

The Thrill of Brazil

Amity Doolittle | Posted 03.07.2013 | College
Amity Doolittle

I am nearly 50 and I just had my first manicure and painted my nails fire engine red. Why have I resisted this feminine ritual for so long? It is rooted in my personal ideals of gender and my inner need to prove that women are just as tough as men -- no well-manicured hands are going to keep me down.

The 7 Biggest Myths About Men And Sex

Andrew Smiler | Posted 02.18.2013 | Women
Andrew Smiler

"Guys just want sex and aren't interested in relationships." It's the story we typically hear about male sexuality, whether it's guys like Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" or even General David Petraeus. But we haven't been given the whole story.

You're Just Like a Million Others, Snowflake

Brad Bell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brad Bell

Husbands embraces clichés, stereotypes and tropes to make a point: Most old ideas are only as meaningless or as negative as their context. Few of these notions are intrinsically detrimental, as the judgements we attach to them exist only in our minds.

Women! This Is Your Fight, Too

Jane Espenson | Posted 12.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Jane Espenson

Femininity is absolutely still seen as something shameful among males. In season 2 of Husbands, we dug even deeper into this idea, building our story around the idea that the "gayer" character is less publicly acceptable.

The Truth About 'Pink' and 'Blue' Brains

Lisa Wade | Posted 02.12.2013 | Science
Lisa Wade

Fox News contributor Suzanne Venker claims that there has "been an explosion of brain research" that shows that men are loners who like to hunt and build things and women are nurturers who like to talk and take care of people. This is false on two fronts.

Why Women Should Propose To Men | Posted 12.10.2012 | Weddings

Even if we wanted to propose to a man, and no one is saying we do, imagining an earnest, sincere woman down on one knee offering up a shiny engagement...

Airline Slammed For Transgender 'Joke'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices

An Air New Zealand riddle about a steroid-enhanced female shot putter from the Olympics is causing turbulence, the Dominion-Post reported. Twitter fol...

6-Year-Old Has An Axe To Grind With Toy Company

Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents

These days, it seems the front lines in the war on gender bias are manned by little girls. Their weapon of choice? Words. The latest example of thi...

What Society Would Look Like if Women Were Equal to Men

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.13.2013 | Women
Karin Kamp

I talked to a number of women and all agreed that if women had half the power, things would be quite a bit different.

Emma Mustich

LOOK: Is This Worksheet Really Sexist? | Emma Mustich | Posted 11.09.2012 | Parents

A little girl’s school assignment has generated impassioned debate online after her father, blogger Steve Bowler, sparked outrage by posting the th...

The Gender Double Standard: What Message Are We Sending Our Boys?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Why is it OK for girls to be "tomboys" while boys are often ridiculed?

Do Women Care About More Than Children, Lovelife and Fashion?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Dr. Layla McCay

As a woman who very much believes that men and women are equal in most respects and ought to be treated as such, I feel sorry to call foul on actress Maria Bello, recently named goodwill ambassador for women by Haiti's president, for her advocacy work with women since the Haiti earthquake in 2012.

Barriers to Women's Equality Obscured by Binder Jokes

Anika Rahman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Anika Rahman

Once the binder moment has passed, what will remain is the urgent need for a cultural shift toward a less-gendered society

15 Ways Women Are Tougher, Luckier, Smarter Than Men

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul We're not saying we're better -- or even stronger -- than our male counterparts, but we do have certain advantages. ...