Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness

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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...]

Why We Should Think Twice Before Idealizing Ruby Rose

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By Sam Dylan Finch for Let's Queer Things Up!, cross-posted with permission The Internet is abuzz about Ruby Rose, a genderfluid actor, DJ, and model who appeared in Season 3 of Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. While Rose is undoubtedly stunning and a perfectly lovely person, our idealization of Ruby Rose … [Read more...]

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

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By Lori Day Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on The Twilight Zone. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Literary Establishment Like Books By and About Women?

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By Shani Gilchrist  This piece originally appeared on Role Reboot. Republished here with permission. Luckily, when I recently came across a New York Times essay by Jennifer Weiner about the increased pressure on female writers to tend to their looks, I was coming out of a difficult couple of weeks rather than going into them. … [Read more...]

The Sorority Fight for Women’s Right…To Party!

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By Kiana Henry, Senior at USC The collegiate Greek system has been around for hundreds of years and is a prized tradition in many elite universities around the country. Every year thousands of men and women go through the rush process to be initiated into this prestigious system in hopes of finding a home away from home, a … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

I Learned To Be a Feminist From My Single Mom

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By Mac Premo at Tue/Night, cross-posted with permission. She just stood there, not moving, staring at a closed door. I was standing behind her, having come to the same complete stop as she did. I was confused as to why she wasn’t moving anymore. I was seven. Then it dawned on me: she was waiting for me to open that door for her. … [Read more...]

Exploiting Impostor Syndrome

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By s.e. smith at This Ain't Livin', cross-posted with permission Impostor syndrome: The feeling that you're not really qualified for something, that you are pretending, that you will, at any moment, be caught out by someone who actually knows what she is doing. The constant nagging fear of humiliation as people realize that you … [Read more...]

“He’s Wearing What?!” and Other Frequent Responses to Gender Variance

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 It's another blazing hot summer day as my 7-year-old son and I careen down the highway. The first day of school is mere days away, and we are on our way to one last hurrah—ice cream at our favorite shop. I glance at him in the rearview mirror and notice him brush his gorgeous red hair from his eyes. … [Read more...]

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

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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...]