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An America That Works for Women

Kate Black | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Kate Black

Women are looking for a fair shot at a good job that can support them and their families and give them a chance at a brighter future. We can't ask women to lead when they can't feed their families, worry about how to pay their debts, or wonder how they can afford child care. Our country is successful when women are successful.

'Girls Read Comics Too': Rowan, Age 11, Writes a Letter to DC Comics

David M. Perry | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
David M. Perry

Rowan is an 11-year-old girl. She loves comics and she wrote this letter to DC Comics. I love this and hope DC listens. I've written about my own daughter's love of comics, and hope Rowan helps make comics a little more girl-friendly (and less pink and purple).

Beyond Bathrooms: The Vaginal Swab

Olivia Wilson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

I feel myself shrink. There's a terrible nanosecond in which I question the anatomy I've had since birth, then there is horror at my mind's susceptibility to authority, but then, eventually, somehow, there is clarity.

Oh, So You're a Man, Huh?

Lindsey Caruana | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Lindsey Caruana

My definition of man is not measured in weight: the outrageous number you can lift in the gym, the heftiness of the diamond you slip on some materialistic finger. It is measured by your ability to stoically look down the barrel of vulnerability.

Do 'Ugly Duckling' Stories About Beauty Harm Women?

Melissa Burkley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.

To understand why the "beauty is malleable" message may be harmful, it is important to understand what psychologists already know about malleable traits more generally. For example, consider this question: Do you think that traits like intelligence are something people are generally born with?

Why I Don't Want to Be My Husband's Wife

Alexandra T. Mai | Posted 03.29.2015 | Weddings
Alexandra T. Mai

Reflecting on my own upcoming marriage, I don't buy into the idea that I'd be the gentle caregiver preoccupied with the household and children while my husband, the strong breadwinner, occupies his mind with the family's finances and ponders the 'big things' thoughtfully by swirling his scotch.

Pushing Back Abortion Laws Pushes Us Back to the '70s

Rob Stephenson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Rob Stephenson

The U.S. is not alone in restricting access to abortion; many other countries have far more restrictive and even punitive legislations. But 41 years on, we are still grappling with providing access to an essential reproductive health service. And that feels so 1970s.

Appreciating Beauty Doesn't Have a Gender

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

At Swan Lake this week, I saw lots of little girls on the laps of moms and dads, but no little boys. And I felt a little sad. It's my opinion that little boys deserve as many opportunities to experience art and beauty as girls do, for they are links to creativity and self-expression.

7 Ways The Beatles Changed Boomer Childhoods Overnight

Candy Leonard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Screaming teenage girls got a lot of attention in 1964 and they're the ones immortalized in the black and white footage, but the largest number of first-generation Beatle fans were actually boys and girls between five and 10 years old -- boomers born in the mid-to-late 1950s.

'Your Taboo Is My Family': Trans Individuals In Italy Share Their Stories (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Giunti | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices

When he first realized that he wasn’t interested in playing with dolls or trying on his mother’s makeup, he was seven years old, dressed in lacy p...

Emma Watson Launches New UN Women #HeforShe Initiative in Davos

Tabby Biddle | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Tabby Biddle

The new campaign, IMPACT 10X10X10, is a one-year pilot effort that aims to engage governments, corporations and universities to make concrete commitments to women's empowerment and gender equality.

What's Your Kids' Wage Gap? Boys Paid More, More Profitably

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Fathers are, in the words of researchers, "gatekeepers" of their daughter's ambitions. Father's have to put in the time at home doing chores with their kids, especially daughters. Paying lip service to "equality" isn't good enough.

The Gospel of Diversity: Personal Assumptions and Business Implications

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
BJ Gallagher

While the Gospel of Diversity is being preached in press conferences, public speeches, corporate workshops and seminars across the country, little attention is paid to the conflicting values and faulty assumptions implicit these discussions.

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

If you are ever in doubt about whether to ask some burning question, first ask yourself if you would pose the same question about the body of a non-trans youth or adult, perhaps your own child or a student or neighbor. If the answer is no, don't ask. If you find yourself biting your tongue, keep biting.

On Vine They Always Ask, "Are You For Real?"

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

Happiness is a process. It's learned. Practice it like you practice an instrument or sport: every day and with as much teen-aged girlish enthusiasm as you can. It doesn't seem to matter where you start. Buy a book about it, or google "how to be happy". . .

Rethinking the 'Problems With Black Marriage'

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Vicki Larson

For anyone who is worried about the "problems of black marriage" -- the lack of marriageable black men, the rise of single unwed black moms, the dismal statistics that indicate black marriages are hard to maintain -- the study is illuminating.

The Gender Police

Olivia Wilson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

The tribalism of organizing the world into categories comes from a very basic place to identify those around us. There are those that are men, those that are women and there are those that are not. Having the wisdom to know when it matters is what will make the world a better place.

Reaching the Peak in 2015

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

As we enter into 2015, GGO is rapidly approaching the final summit, moving upwards and pushing onward toward a gender responsive framework from the UNFCCC.

Luca Steals His Mom's Lipstick: Stories Of Gender-Nonconforming Kids In Italy

HuffPost Italy | Micol Sarfatti | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

It’s the little boy who would rather dance than play ball, who prefers dolls over toy cars; the little girl who doesn’t dream about becoming a pri...

Remorse Culture and The Boyhood Witness: Ryan Spooner's Regret

Kelly Forsythe | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
Kelly Forsythe

In his debut collection of essays, Regret (Lettered Streets Press, 2014), author Ryan Spooner explores these assumptions with gentle regard, subtle self-consciousness, and a wholly new type of investigation into masculinity.

The Lyon Queen -- Dead, But Never Forgotten

Nessa Carey | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science
Nessa Carey

There is no doubt about the magnitude of the impact of Mary Lyon's work. Her achievements are all the more remarkable when you learn about the level of discrimination she faced as a woman in science.

Ladies, It's Now Your Turn to Pay On the First Date

Dawoon Kang | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Dawoon Kang

When it comes to dating, we still have a lot of work to do. If we, as women, don't want to live with expectations of how ladies should behave or look, we should equally refrain from having expectations of how men should behave or look.

Straight Women, Gay Men Are Friends, Not Accessories

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

This was not the first time I'd been accosted by a straight woman wanting me to be her shopping pal, nor was it the first time I'd been told how oh-so-fabulous I, as a gay man, would make a straight woman's life.

How Vine Taught Me to Accept Myself

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

With each video I make, I hope to give people, including parents, additional tools. I make silly, happy Vines and sincere, touching Vines, all trying to show the humanity of someone who is different. There is nothing wrong with me (and it only took 37 years to figure that out).

Middle-aged Seminarian Blues: Second-career Clergy Face Rising Debt, Lower Job Prospects

David Briggs | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The realities of a shrinking clergy labor market, and seminary tuition costs outpacing inflation, leave some facing debts of $80,000 or more trying to find work in a relatively low-paying profession. The burden is falling particularly hard on prospective minority clergy with the fewest resources, analysts state.