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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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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.

My Neverending Coming-Out Story

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

My frustration is this: Even after coming out, feminine lesbians walk through life feeling unacknowledged and delegitimized and are often chided for speaking up about their invisibility.

A Transgender Teacher in Hawai'i Makes a Place for Every Student (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

2013-10-21-Screenshot20131021at7.22.14PM.pngIn Kumu Hina's school, a young student who decides to wear both male and female leis at a school performance is not sent to the principal or the guidance counselor, nor are the other students derisive or hostile, much less violent.

Can God Make People Who Don't Fit Into Our Boxes? The Transgender Question

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, recently decided to fire a theology professor for coming out as transgender. It got me thinking about a basic conflation that I think conservative evangelicals like Russell Moore are making in how they react to transgender people.

'You're Too Pretty to Be Gay' Is Not a Compliment

Anita Dolce Vita | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Anita Dolce Vita

Most people who spew such nonsense expect me to delight in their backhanded praise, but believing that there is a point at which a woman is too attractive to be gay is based on the assumption that heterosexual women are inherently better-looking, and that's homophobic.

Who Needs Gender Norms? Not Children -- That's For Sure

Frida Berrigan | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

The dominant society is fast and ruthless in its enforcement of gender norms. It is not just the clothes that are available for little kids, it's everything.

One Physical Attribute You Really Shouldn't Ignore

Terry K Carr | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Terry K Carr

Growing up in my house, I chose to be a quiet girl as a way to feel safe. When I was 7, I was taken to an outdoor concert where I saw a beautiful woman on stage about to sing. As soon as her voice floated over our seats, the desire to sing grabbed a hold of my heart and didn't let go.

Lost in Trans-lation

Nadia Cho | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Transgender and genderqueer individuals challenge us to think about how people are defined and what it means to be who we really are. What constitutes a man or a woman is dictated by cultural norms, and how we identify with a certain gender is more complicated than we think. Gender is a spectrum.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Girls

Lori Day | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

Here's the thing about girls, and all children, actually: They see no limits to their potential until adults point them out.

And 'She' Lived Happily Ever After: Preparing Your Daughters to Go It Alone!

Laura Wellington | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Laura Wellington

With a lack of fairy godmothers in sight, we moms must do everything in our power to ensure that our daughters live the royal lives they so deserve whether or not their princes show up at all or for a lifetime.

Why Don't More Men Ask For Alimony?

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 08.26.2013 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

An alimony case in Nebraska successfully argued by one of my law firm's attorneys that the law had to be gender blind should serve as a wake-up call to men that asking for alimony should not be shameful or undignified.

Why We Made a Video About a Boy in a Dress

Naseem Khuri | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Naseem Khuri

It's hard as hell -- for him wanting to fit in, for his parents (and me) wanting to protect him -- but conforming to the ignorant expectations of others sets a scary precedent at such an early age.

Standing Up For The 'T' Girls

Daniel Browne | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

I associate with a diverse range of people, and the female-assigned people I know who dress or live as men have a much easier time than the male-assigned people I know who dress or live as women. The former is more socially acceptable, and that disappoints me.

LOOK: Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents

There is much to love about a Tumblr that collects photos of little girls dressed as superheroes. From a traditional Wonder Woman to badass Bat Man an...

Challenging Poly Stereotypes In Media (and at Home)

Sierra Black | Posted 06.10.2013 | Women
Sierra Black

It turns out my mom likes my girlfriend and my kids are fine and the neighbors don't care what I do as long as I trim my forsythia and shovel the snow. And it's great to be given a platform to bust some of these harmful myths about polyamory and show off the good thing I have going.

How to be a Grown-up Girl

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Christina Pesoli

When a girl is little it's OK for her to have her own dreams -- and it's fine for her to dream big. She can pretend to be a princess and reign over an entire land, or announce that she wants to be an Academy Award-winning actress or declare that she is going to be the next President.

The Problem With Princess Culture For Boys

Dresden Shumaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dresden Shumaker

A funny thing happened when I met my son -- I started to realize how destructive girl power can be to boys.

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.