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A Penis And A Dress: Why The Gender Binary Needs To Go Away

Allison Hope | Posted 07.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Imagine a world where someone with a penis can wear dresses every day if this person desired. Gender-neutral bathrooms and department stores and professional sports become the rule rather than the exception to it. Children can play with whatever toys they prefer.

Transgender Ladies Of The Night

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts

At first glance, Christer Strömholm's black-and-white photos appear to be tributes to the glamorous altar of Parisian nightlife in the sixties. Brigi...

Should We Dumb Ourselves Down?

Natasha Scripture | Posted 07.21.2012 | Women
Natasha Scripture

It was my great aunt who first got this idea into my head. I was getting ready to go to graduate school when she said, "Never let a man know you're smarter than him. He won't want to marry you."

Dads, They're Just Like Us

Cara McDonough | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
Cara McDonough

There's no point in denying the obvious and perhaps even sexist -- in a modern-day definition of the word -- point I'm making: I'm surprised when I see a man excelling at parenting tasks.

House VAWA Bill Ratchets Up Attacks on the Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

By raising barriers to economic assistance and legal recourse, this legislation sends the message to countless women living in violent households that their place is still in the home.

Eating Disorders in Men: An Interview With Dr. Roberto Olivardia

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

Men with eating disorders have much shame around their eating disorder, feeling as if they are less masculine because of it. This results in men being less likely to ever seek treatment, or even tell anyone about their eating disorder.

Being Latina Means Having a Good Sense of Humor

Erika L. Sánchez | Posted 07.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Erika L. Sánchez

To be Mexican, you must have a good sense of humor about yourself, because our people will not hesitate to tease your physical attributes or flaws.

Why Men Can Be Mothers Too

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Carlos A. Ball

There are many men in America today, married and single, gay and straight, who mother their children every day. Motherhood is not about who one is; instead, it is about what one does.

A Call to Rewrite the Scripts in the Gender Drama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While Rev. Harris describes "gender distinctions" as God-given, he betrays his own assertion by demanding that parents break their children early of any forms of gender transgression.

Everything We Know About Gender Communication Is Wrong

Ekaterina Walter | Posted 07.08.2012 | Women
Ekaterina Walter

Lots of women like to chat about their feelings. Lots of men don't. But the minute we start insisting that men are this way and women are that way, we actually understand each other less.

Why Gender DOES Matter

Paul Seabright | Posted 07.07.2012 | Books
Paul Seabright

Gender stereotypes make a huge difference to how we notice others and how their talents stand out to us. Similar behavior (such as toughness in bargaining) can be interpreted quite differently according to whether we see it in women or in men.

Women Building Homes For Women

Liz Crossman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Impact
Liz Crossman

Not too long ago, I met a woman who was volunteering to build a Habitat house. Owning a decent, affordable home had changed her life, and she wanted to do whatever she could to help make that dream a reality for other families.

Is It A Problem That Pinterest Is Dominated By Women?

Salon | Posted 05.03.2012 | Women

It's one of the biggest online success stories of the decade, attracting a staggering 10 million monthly uniques faster than any site in history. But ...

A Year After Weinergate, What Have We Learned?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.02.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

Guys: If you find yourself about to snap a picture of your junk, ask yourself if that really is your best side, and if you wouldn't rather be known for who you are.

Why Men and Women Are So Different

Posted 05.02.2012 | Women

LONDON – A prevalent understanding, particularly in the 1980s, was that boys and girls are born cognitively the same. It was the way parents and so...

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women's Rights?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

By failing to cover the courageous efforts of the millions of women leaders who incrementally chip away at patriarchy, Western media exacerbates the underlying problem -- the objectification and infantilization of Arab and Muslim women.

Parenting Without Gender Expectations Means Accepting All Outcomes

Aly Windsor | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Aly Windsor

I watched in horror as I recognized the following flicker of cognition in Avie's eyes. He saw the girl pile on the floor as a perfect opportunity for a pile-on.

Would You Buy Makeup For Your Toddler?

Posted 04.24.2012 | Parents

Would you hesitate to buy makeup for your preteen daughter? What about your pre-preteen? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions (the la...

Birthing Justice: The Link to Humanity -- Gift Economies

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

West African gifting is based on the interrelated values that all humanity is linked and that one's well-being is only as strong as that of one's neighbor. Profit and exchange are trumped by a commitment to care for community.

Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The partisan proxy war waged over the mommy question only underscores the country's lacking vocabulary when it comes to discussing the totality of social and economic barriers facing women.

Ukrainian Women Fight Back (NSFW)

Posted 04.22.2012 | Arts

We recently featured the work of JeongMee Yoon, who explored gender norms as manifested through various children's color-coded bedrooms. Here we have ...

Why We Should Pity the Beautiful

Rick Newman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Women
Rick Newman

The Samantha Brick spectacle highlights a couple of serious issues that are more relevant than Brick herself, which is probably why her two articles have generated more than 8,000 comments.

Man In Morning, Woman At Night? Rare Syndrome Described By Scientist

| Gary Stix | Posted 04.20.2012 | Science

A graduate student of famed neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran has found a group of men and women who report that their sexual identity can swit...

Little China Girls: How History's Worst Famine Shifted the Sex Ratio

Rob Brooks | Posted 06.19.2012 | Science
Rob Brooks

People often ask me whether natural selection continues to operate on modern humans in industrialized societies. My answer is always an unambiguous "Yes!"

Friendship Advice: Just Friends or More?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 06.19.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

You need to come to terms with your own desires and motivations before you decide whether to broach the subject with your friend.