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Gender Stereotypes

Authenticity Offers Its Own Beauty

John Friedman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Authenticity is what turns a pretty picture into a priceless work of art. Likewise it is what people look for -- or should -- in their personal relationships. I believe this holds true for our relationships with businesses as well.

What's the Stink About Pink?

Jenny Darroch | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Jenny Darroch

When marketers use pink to signal their products are "female friendly" they fall squarely into the trap of stereotyping women as being feminine, kind and nice.

Why We Need to Talk About the Sexual Assault of Men and Boys

Kristen DeFalco | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Kristen DeFalco

Let's talk about rape. No, not the rape of women and girls that seems to consume the media, and has become a staple for just about every drama on television these days. I'm talking about the conversation that nobody is having; the rape and sexual assault of men and boys.

How Stereotypes Take Shape

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

Unfair and offensive as they may be, stereotypes are ubiquitous. Logic tells us it’s ludicrous to label all, or most, members of a particular ethnic...

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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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.