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Hair with Potential

Written By M.J. Fievre It is hard to deny some of the beauty of Kenscoff, in Haiti: rolling roads, haze on the fields, morning-green hills, goats. The other kinds of beauty can be tricky. You have to train your eye, or have a certain eye already.  In the 1990’s, in the back of my father’s sedan, I watched the young women who … [Read more...]

#MasculinitySoFragile Challenges Toxic “Male” Culture and Stereotypes

Twitter is exploding at the moment with #MasculinitySoFragile--the hashtag conversation about our culture's stereotypical 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

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

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

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...]

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

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...]

The Era of “Mad” Men: How Sexism Stigmatizes Men’s Mental Health

By Megan Dottermusch The stereotype can be traced back through the ages — in biblical stories, fables, and Shakespearean masterpieces, women are ruled by mercurial emotions, and men are the stoic defenders of rational thought and logic. Feminists across the country have spent decades trying to prove that negative biases against … [Read more...]

The Glorification of Masculinity in the Queer Dating Scene Is Totally a Thing — But No One Seems to Want to Talk About It

By Erin Tatum for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission My foray into queerness started, quite stereotypically, in my freshman year of college when I was 19. I tried to convince myself that I was taken aback by my sudden attraction to my cute, androgynous friend in the Queer Straight Alliance club, but in reality, … [Read more...]

Does Make-up Make Mommy Beautiful?

By Erin Brown from I Am Erin Brown, cross-posted with permission The first time I put on make-up in front of my daughter, she was just a few days old. She was lying there like a tiny lump of newborn human and I gave my first "you get to be who you are" speech. It went something like this: "Mommy likes to put on her eyebrows. You … [Read more...]

Excellence As a Survival Strategy for Black Women in Academia

By Dellea K. Copeland for Conditionally Accepted, cross-posted with permission I am a 22-year-old queer womyn of color, first-generation college graduate, first generation American. I wear my afro like it's 1969. I speak openly about patriarchy and racism. On my desk, you will find an American flag that says "Black Lives … [Read more...]