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Mass Killing Isn't Gender Neutral: What Sandy Hook Can Teach us About Violent Masculinity

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Patricia Leavy, PhD

While certainly not all boys and men are violent, all of the mass killings that have terrorized the nation -- even before Columbine and through to Sandy Hook -- have been committed by males. This simply cannot be ignored.

Princess Butterfly Sparkle Pants: What Toys Are Telling You About the Girl on Your Holiday List

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.

Boy or Girl? Our Gender Reveal Party

Rob Sachs | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Rob Sachs

Given there's a slew of truly unpleasant occurrences which transpire during the course of a pregnancy (mostly for Anna), finding out the gender stands out as being one, if not THE ONLY, fun part of the whole process.

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.

Another Man Against Brogramming

Toph Whitmore | Posted 02.12.2013 | Technology
Toph Whitmore

Satirically or otherwise, the term "brogramming" presents a vision of high tech as a hard-partying, single-sex frat culture. Yes, I get the joke. It's funny because it's ironic. But it's also inane, puerile, and bluntly sexist.

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...

Lady Gaga: An Avatar for Our Times?

Gillian Schutte | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Gillian Schutte

Gaga is an icon that is not meant to be understood or defined. Certainly, she has done more to engage the world in a speculative debate about what she is than any of her predecessors who, though complex, were much easier to pigeonhole. Gaga, it seems, is indefinable.

Debating 'Gender Identity Disorder' and Justice for Trans People

Chase Strangio | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

On Saturday, the APA approved changes to the diagnostic criteria for Gender Identity Disorder. Many trans advocates celebrated the changes, but there are also many advocates with important questions about what it will mean for trans communities and advocacy moving forward.

Research Reveals Why Women Should Never Propose

Posted 12.04.2012 | Weddings

According to research released earlier this year, NO ONE wants a woman to propose. A new study conducted by the University of California, Santa Cru...

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...

Beyond Dolls vs. Trucks: How Children of Same-Sex Parents May Be Less Constrained By Gender Stereotypes, and Why It Matters

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Abbie E. Goldberg

In today's society, parents and educators are increasingly realizing the benefits of playing with all kinds of toys. That is, a preschool-aged boy who happily investigates a toy kitchen is less likely to be chastised by his teacher or parents than in decades past.

Tis the Season for Gender-Conscious Parenting Quandaries

Deborah Siegel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
Deborah Siegel

It's one thing to refrain from gender-stereotyped gift-giving as a parent, but another to raise girls who cherish toy machine guns and boys who cradle baby dolls like the girls and boys Photoshopped -- yes, Photoshopped -- into the Swedish catalog.

16 Days, 16 Ways: Preventing Violence Against Displaced Women and Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We reflect with profound anger on the horrific violations that continue to be perpetrated every day against millions of women and girls in conflict-ridden places. But it's also a time when we take inspiration, encouragement and hope from the many courageous refugee women and girls.

Why the Idea of 'A War on Men' is Actually the War on Men

Lauren Boyle | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Lauren Boyle

Venker has 1) implied that young men are pathetic, 2) flat-out stated that they don't want to compete with women and 3) suggested that, if not corralled, all men want is sex and meaningless relationships without responsibility. If that isn't offensive to men, what is?

How Cupcakes Are Keeping Women From the Top

Rachel Dempsey | Posted 01.15.2013 | Women
Rachel Dempsey

Women are expected to do unnoticed, unappreciated work, and face backlash if they demand credit or simply refuse.

Sassafras Lowrey's 'Roving Pack': My Thoughts

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 01.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Susan Corso

True confessions: I had to call Father Toni Amato to get some help understanding the world of Sassafras Lowrey's Roving Pack. It's a world of transgender gutterpunks. The first word I knew. The second, not so much.

Has the Arab Spring Been a Disaster for Women?

Monique Villa | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Monique Villa

Hopes were high that the Arab Spring would bring not just political change, but greater gender equality, too. But despite the major role they played in the uprisings, many activists worry that women are being left out of the political process.

The Words My Daughters and I Use to Describe This Election

Hayden Bixby | Posted 01.09.2013 | Women
Hayden Bixby

Newly-(re)elected dudes and sisters, please don't screw this up. There's still a lot of work to do.

Hindu Gods In Video Gaming

Greg Perreault | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In Asura's Wrath, Hindu themes and images have been appropriated and lifted out of a religious and cultural context. Yet by appropriating these images, the game also works as a subtle critique of the religious text.

Women Won This Election: The End of 'Mad Men' Politics

Brenda Peterson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Brenda Peterson

Is the dominance of white, male voters in this country finally history?

My Bisexual FAQ

Lauren Michelle Kinsey | Posted 11.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Lauren Michelle Kinsey

Questions are always an opportunity for learning and growth. So in that spirit, here is a list of my personal answers to the top eight burning questions people ask about my sexual orientation.

AFI Review: Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways

Brian Formo | Posted 11.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Laurence Anyways is not a megaphone-shouting totem for a gender revolution. It is decidedly a very real human drama that takes time with conversations, reactions, declarations and outbursts.

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.

The Gender Gap Rules 2012 Election

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

Don't be fooled that the gender gap -- the measurable difference in the way women and men vote for candidates and in the way they view political issues -- is disappearing. To the contrary, it is driving the 2012 election.