iOS app Android app

Gender Stereotypes

Men Are Just As Sensitive As Women

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.13.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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 ...

The Video Game Childhood and Why Parents Shouldn't Fear It!

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Sandra Shpilberg

For my children, exposure to video games was inevitable; my husband and I have not only gleaned some deep insights on parenting in the age of video games, but we have also found ways to use video games to bring out the best in our children; and here is what we found.

Women Breadwinners: Less Satisfied in Marriage?

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | Women
Sandra Shpilberg

Let's just recognize that our society is in the midst of a massive change when it comes to marriage, the composition of our workforce and our roles in the household. Thankfully, our generation has taken to question, bend and reform many of the traditional norms; the Breadwinning Woman is a result of this reshaping.

How To Tell If A Toy Is For Boys Or Girls In One Easy Step

Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents

It's time to resolve the unending but inexplicable confusion over whether girls and boys can play with the same products. Before you head out to shop ...

Martin Case Is Textbook Stereotyping

Danielle Egan | Posted 02.01.2014 | Sports
Danielle Egan

Jonathan Martin's case grates because his gender, race, size and occupation grate against our preconceived notions. Many ask, why didn't Martin simply punch Incognito?

What Straight People Think Lesbians Look Like (VIDEO)

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

2013-11-21-jodisavitzlesbianstereotypesstill.pngHow would unsuspecting passersby answer the question, "What do you think a lesbian looks like?" The on-the-spot question: "Can you name three lesbians in the media or popular-culture?" Some people's answers may surprise you.

The 'Innocent' Comment I Couldn't Let Slide

Erin Scot | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Erin Scot

I know a lot of parents worry about things like "how to raise a man properly" and the like. I don't want to worry about that. I don't care about raising a "man." I care about raising a person. Specifically, a good person. Specifically you.

Shouldering the Burdens of the Purse-Toting Man

Matt Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Siegel

I don't need a messenger bag, the most acceptable of purses for men. I don't schlep my laptop or classified files around with me. I just need what is essentially a large pocket that I don't have to wear. I usually just call it a bag, but people like to call it a purse to see how I'll react.