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The Limited Edition Female Scientist

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Kate Van Dellen

These sold-out limited edition Research Institute Legos have probably found their way to bright and high potential girls whose parents are positive STEM advocates in their education. What about the kids who don't have such strong advocates?

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

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.

When Gender Norms Didn't Work For My Kid

Erika Kleinman | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

Re-thinking Family Values

Sarah Key | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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and politicians have used "family values" as an artificial dividing line in our nation, the kind of family they imagine is obsolete.

Everyday Sexism In Just 9 Illustrations

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women

From "leaning in" to "having it all," it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where we have and haven't made progress when it comes to gender roles....

Yes, Other Women Are Picking Apart Your Latest Selfie -- And Here's Why

Marissa Higgins | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Marissa Higgins

No matter how empowered, aware, and educated we are as individuals, we all experience the pressures of a largely stifling society and we all struggle to deal with it -- some of us have better days than others, but no one is entirely hardened to a life time of judgments and expectations.

I'm a Domestic Disaster: Does That Make Me a Bad Woman?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

I think I'm a pretty fun girl to have around. Yet on some level, despite my progressive ideals, I've always feared that my domestic inadequacies will prevent any man from wanting a real future with me -- when there are, presumably, Martha Stewart minions just waiting in the wings.

Woman at Work: Your Personal Brand and the Irrelevancy of Gender

O'Brien Browne | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

You're committed, engaged, hard-working and loyal: so why do incompetents rise to the top while you stay trapped in your current role at a low-level t...

A Punk-Rock, Gender-Bending, Rockstar Haircut Fit For a Little Girl Ninja With Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

It was time to get Kate's haircut and we decided to get that old hair out of her way and give her the punk rock, gender-bending haircut our little rock star deserves.

Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It's the ...

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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 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

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

Purnima Mane | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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.