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Gender Stereotypes

How 'Free to Be' Heralded the Most Successful Revolution of Our -- or Any -- Era

Michael Kimmel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Michael Kimmel

In fact, "Free to Be" heralded, announced and championed the most dramatic and most rapid transformation of gender relations in our nation's history. Today, we are, in the U.S., incontestably more gender equal than we have ever been. Don't believe me? Look around your workplace.

When My Maybe-Gay 8-Year-Old Son Stood Up for His 'Girls' Toy'

Julie Tarney | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

The sound of the doorbell was followed by echoing thumps of a basketball on the wooden floor of our front porch. I put my hand up as a visor against the glaring afternoon sun and recognized Louis, my 8-year-old son Harry's friend from across the street.

Get in Touch With Your Inner Bossiness

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Recently, Sheryl Sandberg launched the "Ban Bossy" campaign to help girls and women develop their leadership skills by ridding themselves of the B-word mental shackles.

4 Reasons Parents Buy Into The Culture Of Gender Stereotyping

Lori Day | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.

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.

Why Being a Female Fan of Sports Really Sucks Sometimes

Karin Swanson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Karin Swanson

At the end of the day, sports bring us together, regardless of gender or class or ideology or age. Whether or not you know or care about the logistics of the game -- whether you're a loyalist or a fair-weather fan -- you can appreciate this feeling.

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.

Men Are Just As Sensitive As Women

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

When my 5-year-old son cries, I tell him, "It's OK to cry, honey. Let it out." And I hold him. I rub his back. And guess what? His father tells him the same thing. We believe in encouraging emotions in our children. Emotions are a normal, healthy part of life.

Bystanders No More

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Whether you are a man or a woman, challenge yourself to be aware of how your inaction supports sexism and homophobia.

What #LiesToldByFemales Tells Us About Women's Place In The World

Posted 03.10.2014 | Women

Women, beware: the men of Twitter are onto your lying, scheming ways. The #LiesToldByFemales hashtag, which was trending last week, perpetuated dam...

5 Things Women Are Judged More Harshly For Than Men

Posted 03.07.2014 | Women

When it comes to gender, double standards are alive and well. Let's face it: despite all of the advances toward gender equality, many people still exp...

Unapologetically Alpha

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Women have been apologizing too hard, and too long. Am I too strong? (I'm sorry!) Too pretty? (I'm so sorry!) Not pretty enough? (Ditto!) Too threatening? (Oh, dear!) Too smart? (Gasp!) Too loud? (Oops!) Enough! Let's stop apologizing.

I'm Trans* and I Have a Right to Date However I Want (Even If It's Not Heteronormative)

J Mase III | Posted 02.27.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I deserve to have someone(s) in my life that is EXCITED to hold my hand and maybe even, gasp, KISS me in public. ('cause I'm kind of awesome.)

A Fundamentally Important Conversation With My Daughter

Darin Ross | Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents
Darin Ross

The piano doesn't care who you are. Neither does the ground when you run.

Call the (Gender) Police!

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer kids are attacked, they are usually the ones who are gender-nonconforming. This highlights the underlying problem: Our culture isn't killing people for being transgender; they're doing it for failing to stay within gender boundaries.

Do you propagate 'well-meaning' stereotypes?

Joel Bion | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Joel Bion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

My Son Was Six Years Old When I Introduced Him to Liberace, Elvis and Hendrix

Julie Tarney | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I wanted him to know that the fashion door would open for him; that as boys got older they gained the freedom to wear whatever they wanted. I needed him to know there were men who had defied the notion of sameness and boredom with what they wore. Harry hung on every word.

Hannah and Nate, Love and Hate: Gender in The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 03.26.2014 | Books
Sunny Bjerk

What is at stake when a female author captures the male experience so vividly? Is it that the male perspective, or the male gaze -- where ever that is -- can be mimicked or performed? Perhaps.

What Parents' Google Searches Reveal About Sexism

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

By Amanda Marcotte for Slate One of the unintended consequences of the digital era is that it leaves a historically unprecedented pile of evidence ...

Dude reads like a lady

Roz Warren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

As he handed me his library card, I waited for the disclaimer. Sure enough, he announced, "These aren't for me. They're for my wife."

The Reality of Justification

Vanessa Dunne | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Vanessa Dunne

Next time you find yourself questioning someone's actions, male or female, or find yourself justifying your own actions, take a moment to remind yourself that you have the freedom to live your life the way YOU want to, and so does the other person.

Three Problems for Bisexuality

Victoria Bond | Posted 03.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Bond

Rabid and unfair, sexism and homophobia rev up fear of the bisexual traitor because we just won't pick a side, declare our allegiance. And in a way this seems truer now than ever.

It Wasn't Rape. Just Assault.

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

How fair is it to discriminate against any demographic, or presume their guilt? How just is it to dismiss any survivor of sexual violence? How funny is it to spare one group, but victimize another? How wise is it, to ignore an entire strain of sex offender?

Find Your Dirty Dance

Adrienne Becker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Adrienne Becker

A man I'll call Mr. Pebble had this to say at a "Girls Under 10" soccer coaches meeting I attended last fall in Los Angeles: "Girls at this age should not be coached to win; they are not competitive, not as intense as boys, and should not be pushed."

What Are Some Common Forms of Sexism That Men Face?

Quora | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Arsène Hodali, Jazz Juner Boys are commonly shown less compassion than girls from an early ...