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I Had a Boyhood Once, Too

Liz Olson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

When you enter the world with two X chromosomes, you get placed quickly into a box. The Girl Box. Here, acceptable hair and clothing preferences are assumed; color and toy preferences are dictated.

'Nice' Women Are More Appealing To Men, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women

Attention single women: If you want to snag a man, you better be nice. Or at least that's what the results of a new study suggest. The three-part s...

I Am NOT Cisgendered

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I am NOT "cisgendered." I reject that label. Why? From what I've read, "cisgendered" is a label that began in academic discourse as a way of describing people who weren't trans. But the meaning of it was akin to what we might call "normatively gendered."

To Sir with Love or Ain't I a Woman Too

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I am a woman with a deep voice; I am almost always called "sir" over the telephone. When I correct the person I usually say, "It's not sir, I am a woman with a deep voice." I get various reactions after that.

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

Can We All Just Relax About Casual Sexism?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Sexism is real. It's subtle and it's damaging. And I do agree with the (poorly-conveyed) message of this video: If we treat our daughters like they're adorable morons, persistently and insistently, they'll probably grow up thinking exactly that. But people, I am so sick of fear-based parenting.

On Leaving the Prison of Tops and Bottoms

Yolo Akili | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Yolo Akili

Language can quickly become a prison.

The Story of Ferdinand: Talking With Kids About the First Children's Book on Gender Nonconformity

Lori Day | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Lori Day

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf was published in 1936, just before the Spanish Civil War. Because it was widely viewed as pacifist propaganda, it was banned in many countries.

Father's Day, As Marketed

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Jim Joseph

It's time we take the glory of celebrating Dad on Father's Day and give him equal credit all year long, just like we do moms.

Fairies, Witches and Astronauts

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

What were all the boys who were running away from girls like me running toward, you might ask? Their glorious futures, of course. If boys wanted to fly, they had plenty of assistance.

Let's Give Father's Day its Due

Deanna Glick | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Deanna Glick

Essentially, a father's job is to love, educate and support their children. Beyond that, the role can become a bit murky, with dads taking a backseat when it comes to parenthood.

Is Obligating Women the Answer?

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Rabbi Pamela Barmash's teshuvah misses a ripe opportunity to re-examine our relationship to mitzvoth in a world that is hopefully breaking down hierarchy and gender roles and heading towards complete egalitarianism. Do we really perform mitzvoth because we feel obligated?

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

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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

The Tragedy of False Honor: Why Violence Against Women Must Stop

Purnima Mane | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Purnima Mane

There is so much for us to gain in this world if people could see beyond this distorted concept of "honor." True honor lies in caring for those we love, in seeing them as human beings, and cherishing their lives - regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.

Woman at Work: Intercultural Complexities -- Are You Too Dynamic to Succeed Globally?

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Businesswomen have to be agile, resourceful and resilient to excel in a male-dominated business environment. Of the many obstacles they must navigate, one of the toughest is the challenge of cross-cultural business.

Jennifer Weiner: 'Do I Want Respect or Do I Want Readers?'

Jenna-Marie Warnecke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Jenna-Marie Warnecke

Weiner mused that while women are not dissuaded or shamed by reading thrillers by male authors, the covers of which often feature blood, bullet holes and other "masculine" imagery, "Why won't a man pick up a book with flowers (on it)?"

The Upside of 'Marrying Down'

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Old ideas die hard. But today's romances more and more reflect that smart women and men are neither marrying up or marrying down -- we're just marrying the right person.

Mommy Job vs. Daddy Job

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

I know that my job is a lot more abstract than the very visible and large power lines and equipment my husband points out everywhere we go, but I wonder if my son will ever see me as more than the woman who rubs his back when he can't sleep or who packs his lunch bag daily.

The Problem Girls Shouldn't Be Having In 2014

Samantha Goodyear | Posted 07.28.2014 | Teen
Samantha Goodyear

There are so many obstacles I have to face in school, simply because I am a girl. Yet, there are girls in countries far away from me who can't even go to school. These girls are the reason why I speak up. Because I have a voice, something that many girls my age aren't given.

Do You Have Inner Gender Bias?

Suna Senman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Suna Senman

Your brain is processing many more thoughts than you are aware of. Getting beyond this cognitive bias requires taking a fresh look at yourself and the world. To dispel your own cognitive bias, objectively observe masculine and feminine qualities in their basic, organic state as the equinox.

Male Divas of Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, and Terrance McNally

Richard Alther | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Two of the brightest stars presently on Broadway are not just bending sex stereotypes, but, in truth, transcending gender.

Why Gender Matters On TV

Allison Lantagne | Posted 07.15.2014 | Teen
Allison Lantagne

Although the media isn't yet representing either gender void of stereotypes, a societal change will bring about a change in the media. Regardless of this, gender roles are just that, roles. It is up to the individual to decide whether or not they are going to fill them.

What the White House Isn't Getting About Sexual Assault

Amber Madison | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Amber Madison

Although the White House tackling sexual assault is a victory for advocates for sexual assault survivors and prevention, the way the task force is framing this issue is fundamentally flawed. This PSA, while an honorable effort, promotes an extremely patriarchal view of women

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.

If Genders Were Reversed In Our Most Memorable Movie Scenes

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Women

Remember the sultry scene in "Basic Instinct" when Sharon Stone crossed and then uncrossed her legs? How about that sensual moment in "Titanic" when L...