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Gender Norms

What I Gained From Having A Sister And No Brothers

Joe DeProspero | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

By having a sister, I developed an early respect for the opposite sex I may not have if I had been an only child or one of three brothers.

Don't Just 'Get Over It'

Ravishly | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Ravishly

We often don't feel entitled to our own biological signals, which is on the list of things that piss me off. Because anger is a tool -- and we're being instructed to neglect it.

Meet The Men Who Unabashedly Expressed Femininity In The 1950s

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts

Casa Susanna was a getaway for cross-dressers in the 1950s and 1960s in Hunter, New York. At a time when gender norms allowed for little to no flexibi...

My Son Likes Nail Polish

Caren Chesler | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Caren Chesler

I pointed to a bottle with red and green sparkles that reminded me of Christmas and another one with silver sparkles that seemed a good choice for New Year's Eve. "No. This one," he said, sidestepping my choices and picking the sparkly pink. I threw it in my cart.

Feminist Mama Manifesto

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Lara Lillibridge

It's hard not to fall into sexism as the mother of sons. It's hard not to look at your friend's daughters as potential wives to your future head of the household. I know, I know, you can't say it. But you think it when no one is looking.

I'm No Longer A 'Good Girl'

Robin Korth | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Robin Korth

My life was all about how I fit into other people's lives -- as mother, sister, daughter, wife, teacher, student and friend. I didn't know I was allowed to have my own life. As a good woman, I am a full partner in my own life.

Ending Violence Against Women Begins at the Bus Stop

Mallika Dutt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Mallika Dutt

If there were ever a time for men to stand side-by-side with women in the fight to end violence against women and girls, it is now.

WATCH: Why Men Feel They Can't Show Emotion

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living

According to a recent study, most men would choose electric shock therapy over being alone with their thoughts. Andrew Smiler, professor of psycho...

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.

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.

Cute and Pink to the Left, Cool and Blue to the Right

Cort Ruddy | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

There's no doubt about it, our daughters and sons are getting very different messages beyond just pink and blue. And it starts when they are babies.

ASU Professor Offers Extra Credit For Hairy Armpits

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | College

A gender studies teacher is encouraging her students to rethink hair. Breanne Fahs, an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona ...

Adventures in Online Dating: Should You Reveal Your Income?

LearnVest | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
LearnVest

There are some women who only date guys with salaries in the high six-figures, but I am not one of them. Actually, my mother chastises me for dating men of modest means. And, to be honest, meeting a guy who makes six figures makes me think, Oh, he's out of my league.

What Makes a 'Good Dad' This Father's Day?

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Sari Eckler Cooper

While in the past a good dad was the man who played catch, led Scout trips and brought home the bacon, new generations of fathers are facing more and at times more nuanced expectations when it comes to what their wives and society

An Important Life Lesson You Need to Teach Your Children Starting Right Now

Katie Hurley | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

I want a world where being a college athlete doesn't give a guy a license to act like a jerk, and where women are appreciated and respected all of the time, even at a fraternity party.

Nobody Gets to Tell My Sons What It Means to Be a Man

Amelia | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I think my husband is doing a great job of teaching them what it means to be a man. My sons learn from him that men are strong, smart, silly and creative. But what am I teaching our sons about what it means to be a woman? My sons learn from me that women are strong, smart, silly and creative.

How to Be a Man: Redefining Masculinity

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Whether gay or straight, a man who is seen as gentle and kind may be well-liked, but will rarely be held up as an ideal man.

Boys Can Be Pretty, Too

Elizabeth Heiselt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Heiselt

How can I explain this to my boys? My boys who have no problem prancing around in princess dresses? Who would rather be "bunnies" for Halloween than superheroes? How can I break it to them that they might get made fun of, teased to tears if they wear shoes with pink hearts of them?

The Surprising Way Gender Norms May Endanger Our Health

Livescience | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe | Posted 04.17.2014 | Women

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer 04/16/2014 03:20 AM EDT LiveScience Teenage girls who see themselves as the most feminine and teenage boys wh...

Bossy's Days Are Numbered

Laura Fitzgerald Cooper | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Laura Fitzgerald Cooper

Yes, being called "bossy" is a bad thing, but that's because being "bossy" is a bad thing. It's uncomfortable behavior coming from anyone, woman or man, girl or boy.

Why Sex With Someone With a Disability Is the Best Sex You Could Be Having!

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As a queer person with a disability who is not shy about his sexuality, I find that some of the most common questions that I get are, "Can you have sex?" "Do you have sex?" and "How do you have sex?" I'd like to focus on the positives of sex with people with disabilities.

Why the Feminist Conversation Needs to Stop Touting Absolutes

Caroline Van Dyke | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Caroline Van Dyke

Let's stop bashing women for choosing to stay home or choosing to marry young, just like we stopped telling women they can't do what men can. Let's make full acceptance the only standard.

How Can We Help Women? By Helping Men

Michael Kimmel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Michael Kimmel

We need to help men reduce the power of that gender policing -- the fear that other men will see us as less than manly if we listen to the voices in our own hearts about how we want to live our lives.

10 Stunning Reasons Dancers Are Breaking Down Gender Norms

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

For far too long, stereotypical forms of masculinity have excluded the ability to show or express emotions. Many young men are taught to keep their fe...

The 'Innocent' Comment I Couldn't Let Slide

Erin Scot | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Erin Scot

I know a lot of parents worry about things like "how to raise a man properly" and the like. I don't want to worry about that. I don't care about raising a "man." I care about raising a person. Specifically, a good person. Specifically you.