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People Think Women Lie Because That's What We Teach Our Children

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

This "wink, wink -- we all know women lie" masked as journalistic concern isn't just about Davis, but all of us. Words like "highly suspect" "evidence" and "verification," used in circumstances like this, leverage a diffuse and atavistic suspicion of women.

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

Amanda Slavin: Not Just a Statistic

Amanda Slavin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Amanda Slavin

While I may be helping with the statistics, I am still in a situation where the rest of the world hasn't caught up just yet. Through these experiences, I have learned a few key lessons in terms of being a woman in a work setting, usually with a lot of men.

Marina's 'Post-Racial' Brazil

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Stating the obvious can have its merits, so I'll risk the inevitable criticism for stating the obvious: Two women, one white, one black, are the top contenders for the presidency of one of the world's largest democracies.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

An Ode to the Innovating Women of Technology

Farai Chideya | Posted 11.09.2014 | Technology
Farai Chideya

The same facile arguments about why the world doesn't need women get made over and over again. Some of it is ignorance, some of it is hostility, and some of it, I daresay, is the limited roster of people who have come to epitomize success.

When Gender Norms Didn't Work For My Kid

Erika Kleinman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Erika Kleinman

Instead of trotting out the same old stereotypes about what girls and boys are like, we could talk about what our children do; how they move through the world. We could talk about all the ways they are human, and how great it is just to be a part of it.

School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Dress codes have less to do with sexy than with social order. They are like sumptuary laws, frequently, unconsciously or not, designed to protect a sexist, frequently racist and homophobic status quo and kids know it.

Re-thinking Family Values

Sarah Key | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Sarah Key

Families like mine are the new reality in America. While pundits and politicians have used "family values" as an artificial dividing line in our nation, the kind of family they imagine is obsolete.

Pink Is for Girls and Purple Is for Boys

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

It's 2014. This all seems so archaic. Can't we all agree to let our kids like what they like without imposing on them an old-fashioned, arbitrary view about colors? They're just colors!

Boners + Belly Laughter: Laughterbating With Aella's Avant-garde, NSFW Performance Art (Part II)

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.02.2014 | Weird News
Jesse Damiani

Weird stuff happens here all the time. Sometimes we have dance parties. I have these lights that flash and stuff, and they play a lot of rap music.

Shit My (Non-Biological) Kids Say About Race And Gender

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 11.03.2014 | San Francisco
Sarah Gladstone

I am what I like to call a "Professional Child." I work with kids, and I take the business of play pretty seriously. I'm in the business of fun, but that doesn't mean all I do is giggle and supervise. When working with such raw flows of imagination, shit can get real.

The LEGO Gender Divide

Supriya Kelkar | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Supriya Kelkar

Treat boys and girls as equals, because they are. Help more kids create LEGO worlds where a man can be dressed in pink and purple and a woman can be a construction worker. You know, like in real-life.

Carly Fiorina on Leadership and Unlocking Human Potential

Katie Day | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Katie Day

See possibilities, not limitations. See possibilities in yourself. See possibilities in others. See possibilities in the circumstances around you. And you'll have an impact and make a difference, and when you do, people will take notice.

Facebook Adds New Gender-Neutral Options

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Facebook is making some changes towards a more inclusive community for users with the addition of gender-neutral options for family member identificat...

In Defense of the Pink Hat

Angelina Massoia | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Angelina Massoia

Survey the excited crowd of a Red Sox home game and you'll see a lot of red, a lot of navy blue, a lot of white. You'll also inevitably run into a dash of pink. Consider what you are now thinking about the individual wearing that pink hat.

6 Ways Men and Women Are (Mostly) Different

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's important to recognize that the qualities men and women share, or don't, are fluid and ever-changing, and prone to shifting with time, experience, and relationships.

How Back-to-School Shopping Reinforces Gender Norms -- and How to Fight Back

David M. Perry | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
David M. Perry

As parents, with or without our kids' input, we make choices that shape their entry into new social contexts. We tell them what is "normal." We set them up to fit in or stand out. And the choices, for parents and children alike, can be overwhelming.

Gender Equality As an Investment Concept

Joe Keefe | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Joe Keefe

In my view, investing in women -- or investing in companies that are committed to gender equality and women's leadership -- is just such a strategy. Moreover, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it is a smart investment strategy:

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps it is about having the courage to be myself at the time, even if only a little. Maybe learning to play hopscotch would have created enough space for my girl to breathe. Like a well-kept secret where I would have known what she was doing, that she was there, but no one else would know.

These Little Boys Are Quashing Gender Stereotypes Without Even Trying

2014-02-25-MSLOGOcopy.jpg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents

By Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts A few weeks ago, I posted about that tearjerker of a commercial -- the #likeagirl ad campaign for Always. If you haven...

Ebola Isn't Unique: Women Are Significantly More Likely to Die in Disasters

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

This is an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions. Factors that contribute to higher risks for women are gender role expectations, gendered poverty and the impact of boy preference on education, nutrition and resource allocation -- before, during and after events.

Genre Trouble: How the Music Industry Classifies Iggy Azalea

Emma Joslyn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Joslyn

Iggy Azalea is the new Miley Cyrus. In the same way that Miley served as a point of entry to many conversations about whiteness and cultural appropriation last year, Iggy is the latest example of how white artists snatch up elements of black culture, whitewash them, and then sell them to the mainstream as their own.

3 Reasons Why All Entrepreneurs Deserve Silicon Valley Access

Shea Tate-Di Donna | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Shea Tate-Di Donna

Even with the growing interest in entrepreneurship, we must actively work to foster it, as it is critical to our success as a society and as an economy.

The Threat of Just-in-Time Scheduling

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

One of the most unnoticed labor trends in the past few decades has been the rise of "just-in-time scheduling," the practice of scheduling workers' shifts with little advance notice that are subject to cancelation hours before they are due to begin.