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Gender Roles

9 Facts That Prove Traditional Definitions Of Gender Roles Are Bullsh*t

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women

Remember the good old days when men wore high heels?

What It's Like to Be a Girl Who Codes

Cindy Hoang | Posted 04.14.2014 | Technology
Cindy Hoang

The world seems like it will never be equal for men and women because of how society perceives gender roles. Nonetheless, there are people working to change how people look at things, and you can feel the industry really shifting.

A Transgender Teacher in Hawai'i Inspires a Global Campaign

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

At a time when transgender and gender-nonconforming people the world over face harassment, violence, discrimination and even murder, we are excited to be launching a new film-based campaign from Hawai'i that takes a fresh approach to making the world more just and inclusive.

Why Susan Patton's Advice to Get a "MRS Degree" Is As Wrong As Her Math

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.02.2014 | Women
Christina Pesoli

Telling young women that they should choose a husband while in college because you can't swing a backpack there without hitting a guy is like wanting babies to pick a car when they're infants simply because at no other time in their lives will so many people hand them car keys to play with.

Childhood Gender Roles Look Totally Ridiculous When Forced On Adults

Posted 04.02.2014 | Women

Girls are pretty pink princesses, and boys are blue-blooded studs -- at least that's the message most young kids receive on a daily basis. (See li...

Why Men Should Be 'Leaning in' Too

Chris Looney | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Chris Looney

Men my age are beginning to define their success in different ways, with their (future) families being the number one concern. Sure, they are not yet vocal about it, but the more I talk to my peers, the more worried I realize they are.

Mom Says: It's OK to Lean Back

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

As your mother, I know that it is SWUG (Senior Washed Up Girl) season once again. You and your friends are college seniors; you've seen and done it all. You're hanging around in sweats, drinking wine, watching season four of Mad Men, waiting to graduate.

What My '90s Childhood and Popular LGBT Idols Have in Common

Kim Hoffman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Kim Hoffman

I used to glorify what it must feel like to be a teenager -- what magazines they read, what music they listen to, how lust and rebellion, or flirtation and innocence caused for daydreaming, leaving me with pangs of curiosity.

In Defense of Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In, Ban Bossy, and Whatever Else She Comes Up With

Karen Cahn | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Karen Cahn

Women are regarded more favorably in the workplace if they defer to others, if they are collaborative and soft. Women who are direct and strong are not valued as much as humble and demure women. This is what Ban Bossy is all about.

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

A Woman on Riding Her Bicycle, and, You Know, Gender

Bustle | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women
Bustle

My father taught me how to ride a bicycle. I don't recall the day when my training wheels were removed, or the moment when he finally let go. What I remember is the simple task at hand on those Sundays, and the ease we once felt together. Then I hit puberty.

'Normal Barbie' Could Soon Be A Reality

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women

After we saw what a "normal" Barbie might look like, we were itching to get our hands on some and distribute them to little girls everywhere. Thank...

On International Women's Day, Is There a Place for Men?

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Women
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Of course I think there is a place for men in achieving full equality for girls and women. I've got skin in this game.

In Some Countries, Men Leaving Food On The Table For Wives Is Gender Rights Advancement

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact

Gender discrimination around the world has resulted in the unequal distribution of power, resources and opportunities -- but many might be surprised t...

Research: Online, the Message to Women Is Shut Up!

Caryl Rivers | Posted 02.27.2014 | Media
Caryl Rivers

While some dismiss this growing problem of online harassment as simply harmless male trolls spewing their venom, such abuse is driving women journalists off the web. Why the differential between threats to women and men? The answer lies in persistent stereotypes about women, power and speech.

Divorced Dads Who Choose Parenting Over Income and Child Support: Sinners or Saints?

B. Robert Farzad | Posted 02.24.2014 | Divorce
B. Robert Farzad

Fathers want to flip traditional roles on their heads and become the equal or primary parent -- will mothers stand for it? Will you?

This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Women

Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic. These are the messages hammered into the ...

Custom Gender

Brie Harrison | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brie Harrison

For those of us who have lived our lives not quite falling into the binary description of "traditionally male" or "traditionally female," this small change is a world of difference.

Book of Odds Looks at Valentine's Day: Ten Things About Love's Holiday

Amram Shapiro | Posted 04.12.2014 | Books
Amram Shapiro

Valentine's Day, like love, is complicated. It is named for a saint, yet its roots are pagan. It raises expectations and heart rates, but doesn't al...

Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

Wolf-whistles, "hey baby" and "keep smiling honey!" are the types of things you'd expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what...

12 Gender-Bending Photos That Challenge Traditional Relationship Roles (NSFW)

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

When it comes to the roles men and women play in relationships, there exists a very traditional, not to mention heteronormative, mentality that says p...

Why I Wouldn't Watch the Super Bowl and Won't Support Football: Let Me Count My Reasons

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While I admire the majestic Bald Eagle, and I regard the U.S. Constitution as a stunningly intelligent and inspired document, some people treat me as if I have committed patriotic heresy by challenging the long-established unofficial national game of football.

'Girls Can Be Princesses. Boys Can Be Anything They Want.'

Ben Irwin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Ben Irwin

My kids deserve better than another set of books telling boys they can be whatever they want, while girls should stick to being princesses.

The Short Hair Social Experiment Every College Woman Should Try

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

I cut my hair to challenge notions of beauty, but it became so much more than that. Keeping it short became my small fight to who I was expected to be.

For Daughters, Is Babysitting the First Step on the Mommy Track?

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

By endorsing my daughter's entry into the babysitting business so unconsciously, was I contributing to the cycle of gender discrimination when it comes to childcare and housekeeping?