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Innovative Clothing Line Makes Clothes for Kids, Not Boys and Girls


by Monica Lowry, This past December, Tasha Sanders wrote an excellent article dissecting responses to gender variance in children. Specifically, she discussed what life is like for her 7-year-old son Emery, who doesn't conform to stereotypical gender roles. He loves to dance to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, wears Disney princess … [Read more...]

Girls in Pants and Boys in Princess Costumes — The Horror!


By Gabrielle DeFranceschi of The Language Effect, cross-posted with permission Flipping through this year's Halloween magazines, I realized I might actually cry tears of joy if I saw a little boy pictured in a princess costume, or a little girl dressed as Superman. It is 2014, after all, and we have come a long way in the past … [Read more...]

Toys Wars: Studies Show Media Messages about Boys and Girls Matter

Most used words in ads for boy toys. (courtesy of Achilles Effect)

By Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker; crossposted with permission from     There are very clear lines drawn in advertisements directed to children between who (and what) toys are for, boys or girls. Packed into these ads are consistent messages about behaviors, interests, and activities that are … [Read more...]

Girls like Boogers, Boys like Romance: Let’s Get Beyond Gender in Children’s Books Already, People!

"Lunch Walks Among Us" the first in the Mad Scientist series by Franny K. Stein

By Sayantani DasGupta Back in September 2010, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) sent cyberspace into a tizzy with the article How to Raise Boys who Read. Hint: It's not with gross-out books and video game bribes. I don't think the article is really that controversial. The writer, Thomas Spence, rants a little about Captain … [Read more...]

Boys and Sex: Why Are They Waiting Longer For Their First Time?

A still shot from the documentary, How to Lose Your Virginity

By Therese Shechter “The proportion of all American adolescents in their mid-teens claiming sexual experience has decreased, and for boys the decline has been especially steep,” writes Amy Schalet in her excellent New York Times article about boys becoming sexually active later than expected. It’s a timely conversation about … [Read more...]

Why Moms of Boys Need to Care About the Body Image of Girls


By Dara Chadwick Originally posted on Psychology Today; cross-posted with permission Today's girls are likely the future partners of our sons. If you're a regular reader of this [Psychology Today] blog, you know that I write often about mothers, daughters and body image. I get many questions from moms of girls - the most … [Read more...]

#MasculinitySoFragile Challenges Toxic “Male” Culture and Stereotypes


Twitter is exploding at the moment #MasculinitySoFragile--the hashtag that discussion around our culture's ideal of masculinity and the toxic impact of the narrow definition on both men and women. These are some of our favorites so far. Got one … [Read more...]

Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

Hair and Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

Stephanie via Flickr

By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]

Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness | Anissa Thompson

Editor's note: Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It's important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a … [Read more...]