Exploiting Impostor Syndrome

Tiny Banquet Committee

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

Purple Sherbert Photography

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!

KidsCops

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...]

Defining a “Metrosexual Male”

Image via François Eiffel

By Sam Killermann, cross-posted from It's Pronounced Metrosexual What does metrosexual mean?  What’s the difference between a metro guy and a non-metro guy?  Isn’t metrosexual just another word for gay?  Is your ringtone from Kimpossible?  These are questions I find myself answering on a semi-daily basis, and I’ll be answering … [Read more...]

Eat Like a Human: How Gender Stereotypes Affect Our Relationships With Food

Image via PhantomFuture

By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) Eaters of the world – I have a question for you. Have you ever heard or used phrases such as “Eat like a man!” or “I’ve got to maintain my lady-like figure”? When was the last time you looked at your plate of food and considered what the opposite sex might think about it? (Okay, that was two … [Read more...]

My, What Big Muscles You Can Have: Ads, Men, and Dangerous Lies

Basketball arms

  By Brian Cuban, Contributor Have you ever noticed those pop-up ads that appear with images of incredibly ripped celebrities, humongous body builders and the same ripped senior citizen touting what can be achieved just by taking this supplement, some testosterone or replacement regime, or that mysterious powder? … [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 JenniferShewmaker.com     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...]

Gender and the Body Language of Power

body language

by Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Philosopher Sandra Lee Bartky once observed that being feminine often means using one’s body to portray powerlessness.  Consider: A feminine person keeps her body small and contained; she makes sure that it doesn’t take up to much space or impose itself.  She walks and sits in tightly … [Read more...]

The Picture of Health: Gender Bias in Pain

gender pills

By Maddie Ruud As a woman 3½ years into a constant, severe headache, I think, talk, and read a great deal about pain. I also think, talk, and read a great deal about gender. Strangely enough, it took me a long time to think and talk about the two issues together—how they intersect, interact, and influence each other. Before I … [Read more...]

Girls are Much More Than That: The Media and Stereotyping

gorgeous vs. clever

    Editor's Note: Adios Barbie along with editors Pia Guerrero and Sharon Haywood have joined the Brave Girls Want Alliance. We hope that by reading this post by our colleague Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, Phd. you will join Brave Girls Want in making a long overdue change in how girls are portrayed and marketed to in the … [Read more...]