The LEGO Disconnect on Gender

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By Crystal Smith As most readers may know, there has been a huge uproar over LEGO’s newest product line, LEGO Friends. (Google it. You can’t miss it.) Regular readers [at The Achilles Effect] might also know that LEGO has been one of my favorite targets for a while now. Like the people protesting the LEGO Friends line, I have … [Read more...]

The Gendering of Food: You Are What You Eat!

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper “Oh yes, I’m a guy  I’ll admit I’ve been fed quiche Wave tofu bye-bye, now it’s for Whopper beef I reach  I will eat this meat, ‘till my innie turns into an outtie I am starved I am incorrigible and I need to scarf a burger beef bacon jalapeño good thing down!”  – 2008 Commercial for … [Read more...]

The Pink and Blue Guise of Gender Roles

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By Meghan Schuster of SheHeroes An article in the New York Times has been making the rounds the past month on Facebook, Twitter and various online networks. If you haven’t read “New Challenge For Parents: Children’s Gender Roles” go ahead and take a moment to read it now. It’s a realistic take on the new understanding of child … [Read more...]

What Do You Get When a Boy Dresses Like a Girl? Acceptance!

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As a girl I liked to wear clothes that could be considered "boyish". I received no judgment or questioning just love and support from my mom who let me dress myself at 3 years old. Why should it be different for little boys who are drawn to wear colors and things that sparkle and flow? This segment from the Seattle show, New Day … [Read more...]

PinkStinks: Challenging Girly Stereotypes

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Not So Pretty In Pink: Are Girls' Toys Too Girly? by Beth Gardiner at Time Twin sisters Abi and Emma Moore noticed a few years ago how different their south London houses looked as Abi's started filling up with her sons' toy dinosaurs and trains and Emma's turned pink and girly with her daughters' playthings. Already frustrated … [Read more...]