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Gender Stereotypes

What It's Like to Be a Female Cop

Quora | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women

There's much more I could tell, but being a cop is a difficult job. No matter who you are. But being female and a cop, is probably more challenging than most people know.

Let's Forget 'Pregnancy Brain'

Katherine McAuliffe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Katherine McAuliffe

Let pregnant women get on with their normal lives, which, like all other lives, consist of moments of mental acuity and moments of mental ineptness. In doing so we can start to chip away at the notion that women are suddenly rendered slightly less competent by virtue of the fact that their reproductive status has changed.

This Is What A Cat Dude Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green

Earlier this year we gave lady cat lovers a chance to take back the term "cat lady" and share their feline family members. Now it's the guys' turn to ...

Free Speech: A Happy Ending

David Moshman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
David Moshman

Intellectual freedom controversies don't always have happy endings. A happy ending for some may be an unhappy ending for others. But here's a case with a happy ending for everyone.

A Message For My Little Boy Who Likes To Wear Tutus

Kate Gribble | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Kate Gribble

I have a little boy... A little boy who likes to wear tutus. A little boy who likes to dance. A little boy who loves to paint and a little boy who hums happy tunes all day long.

Selling to Women... It's Time to Get Scientific and Serious

Jenny Darroch | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business
Jenny Darroch

In the few books written on selling to women, I see a heavy reliance on gender stereotypes. These books also fall into the same old trap of assuming that all women are the same -- and so recommend a worn out "one size fits all" approach.

Enough Is Enough: Why #HeForShe Is Long Overdue -- and What Men Should Do About It

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 10.09.2014 | Women
Daniel Gastfriend

Emma Watson is right that men need to join the fight for gender equality. But if HeForShe is to make waves, it needs to move beyond a Twitter trend to a concerted shift in social norms. So let's talk about what HeForShe should look like in practice.

Why I Won't Cut My Son's Hair

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

When did it become the rule that boys should have short hair? There are lots of grown, masculine men who have long hair. Yet, while Maximo is far from having an Axl Rose 'do (he has a little bang in front of his eyes), he is immediately labeled a girl by many who see him.

What Emma Watson's U.N. Speech on Feminism Means For Men

Barbara McNally | Posted 10.06.2014 | Women
Barbara McNally

While our beloved celebrities may win awards for their on-screen personas, the public is usually pretty conscientious of who actually has a heart invested in their said foundations and organizations and who has a publicist shoving an agenda down their throat.

A Real Game Show Parody of 'What Women Want'

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 10.06.2014 | Women
Colleen DeBaise

This week, the normally controversy-free game show "Jeopardy!" managed to insult female viewers with rather confounding answers to its "What Women Want" category.

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?

The Power of Self-Awareness

Christa Dowling | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Christa Dowling

Women are not anti-men for we need both genders to balance our world in a more productive and responsible way .We are also not the weaker sex... or let's say gender... we just have a more balanced way of thought

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

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....

In Defense of the Pink Hat

Angelina Massoia | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Angelina Massoia

Survey the excited crowd of a Red Sox home game and you'll see a lot of red, a lot of navy blue, a lot of white. You'll also inevitably run into a dash of pink. Consider what you are now thinking about the individual wearing that pink hat.

6 Ways Men and Women Are (Mostly) Different

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's important to recognize that the qualities men and women share, or don't, are fluid and ever-changing, and prone to shifting with time, experience, and relationships.

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

Marissa Higgins | Posted 10.25.2014 | 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.

These Little Boys Are Quashing Gender Stereotypes Without Even Trying

2014-02-25-MSLOGOcopy.jpg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents

By Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts A few weeks ago, I posted about that tearjerker of a commercial -- the #likeagirl ad campaign for Always. If you haven...

5 Tips to Handle Microaggressions Effectively

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Learning to handle microaggressions -- also known as micro inequities -- could feel like training to become a martial arts black belt: A slow process where most times you end up bruised and sore.

Historic Becky Hammon Hire Focuses on the Talent - and that's Awesome!

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.07.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

What is most notable about this announcement though is the focus on her work ethic, skills, and successes as the new hire. Sure, every headline, including this one, focuses on her gender, but her gender is not the reason she was hired.

How Can Men Support Women in the Workplace? A Conversation on Male-Female Mentorship

Sophie Sakellariadis | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Sophie Sakellariadis

I agree that it's important to treat people equally and as individuals with unique needs and preferences.That said, it's also true that men and women tend to embody different behaviors in the workplace.

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. T...

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism: What Exactly Is It, And Why Does It Hurt?

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or TERF, is a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular. They have attached themselves to radical feminism as a means to attempt to deny trans women basic access to health care, women's groups, restroom facilities, and more.