iOS app Android app

Gender Stereotypes

Awesome Campaign Reminds Boys That They're Free To Wear Pink

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents

From an early age, kids are often told pink is a "girl" color while blue is for boys, perpetuating the idea that only girls can wear pink clothing. In...

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.

Cute and Pink to the Left, Cool and Blue to the Right

Cort Ruddy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

There's no doubt about it, our daughters and sons are getting very different messages beyond just pink and blue. And it starts when they are babies.

Boys Kissing Boys

Brent Almond | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

I don't want my boy to stop being the loving, hugging, kissing free spirit he's been up till now. I guess I just want the world to know it, and to stop telling him it's not okay.

The Masculine-Feminine Continuum

Caroline Turner | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Caroline Turner

When I talk about the business case for achieving gender diversity in leadership, I propose a solution that goes beyond gender. The solution I propo...

Noisy Neighbors

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

The messages that films evoke say a great deal about the current state of our society. In recent years summer films have highlighted fantasy and rive...

Are There Gender Rules for Children?

Luckymothersofboys | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Luckymothersofboys

There is a sort of unwritten code when raising children; a list of gender rules which we are all aware of that make us wonder (and sometimes worry) if they will be true for our kids.

Don't Ask Women What Women Want

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

There seems to be a tendency for women to hold beliefs and attitudes about their own gender that are similar to the beliefs and attitudes that men have about women. In other words, women seem to be stereotyping other women like men.

6 Things to Learn About Microaggressions

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 06.23.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

I have developed a hate/love relationship (yes, in that sequence) with the term microaggressions. I hate it because of the negative effects created by these small events. But I must confess that I love the fact that the term makes visible and real the experiences so many of us have endured because of being perceived different.

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.

Why Saying 'No' Shouldn't Make You the Villain

Emma Davis | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Emma Davis

Creating a culture of consent for both genders means acknowledging that "no" means all kinds of things. But, if you're hearing it from someone who identifies as female, it should never be taken as "Yes, I'm a prude, and my goal here is to ruin your fun."

What Is So Bad About Being Good?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women
Myisha Cherry

I am not arguing that we should throw away the very virtues that are found within the feminine and masculine categories. I say we should stop distinguishing between "masculine virtues" and "feminine virtues."

Bad Weather and Sexism Lethal Combo

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Bring social science and...

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)?"

Girls Are Messy, Naked Farters, Too

Sara Lind | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Sara Lind

I see it all the time: lists, articles and blog posts explaining how to be a mom to a boy. As though boys are a different species sharing nothing in common with dainty, proper, sweet little girls.

Including Men in the Conversation About Women

Scarlett Sieber | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Scarlett Sieber

I am not knocking women-only events; they absolutely have their benefits, like women being able to express themselves in an environment that they feel comfortable. But if we want to progress and raise the power and voice of women, we must include men in the conversation!

Pink Is A Color. Blue Is A Color. Teach Your Kids. Please.

Mike Reynolds | Posted 05.30.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

If all parents sit down with their children and tell them that identifying boys or girls by colors is wrong, the kids will have no choice but to understand that.

60 Better Alternatives To Aging Gracefully

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.28.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

I will accept that "grace" sounds like a lovely word. After all, who wouldn't want to be charming and refined? The problem is that it is both inaccurate and restrictive. It is inaccurate because older women want so much more from life, as the rest of this article will show. It is restrictive, because, like the "good girl" syndrome, it tells us how we should behave to be accepted by society. It implies that older women should slow down and gently fade into the sunset.

5 Things I Learned From Jill Abramson Getting Fired From the New York Times

Holly Epstein Ojalvo | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
Holly Epstein Ojalvo

It's a complicated story, with issues of gender, leadership style, and office and personal politics. What does it all mean?

Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

In most countries, girls outperform boys in math. However, in the US, boys uniformly best girls. We are joined in the low-performing bottom three by Liechtenstein and Columbia. While we have the greater problem that math and science education in the US seriously lags that of other nations, we must face the fact that that lag is also the product of gender inequities.

16 Things I Want My Daughters To Know Right Now

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

If you love something deeply and want desperately to participate in it, you may need to elbow your way in for a seat at the proverbial table. Elbow away, darling.

The Great List of Things I Can't Do Because I Only Have Sons

Luckymothersofboys | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Luckymothersofboys

It is cool for girls to like Spider Man. It is trendy for them to wear blue. Parents love watching girls try out for traditionally male sports. But, while I don't think it is right, there seems to be a short list of activities for my boys that, as yet, are not so socially acceptable.

The Great List Of Things I Can't Do Because I Only Have Daughters

Mike Reynolds | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

From this list I deduced that, lo and behold, I was indeed happy, even thrilled, with the life I'd be able to have with my two daughters. I was willing to let go of the first two items to be able to participate in the rest of them.

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

Michael Kimmel | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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.