Girls Braced for Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD, Contributor at Sociological Images Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or … [Read more...]

Racy, Sexy, and Culturally Appropriate-y: It’s Halloween Again, Folks!

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By Sayantani DasGupta Okay, someone tell me – since when did Halloween become a time to fly your racist and sexist flags without censure? I, for one, am tired of it. So, hopefully we’re all on board by now with the idea that dressing our daughters up as ‘naughty’ leopards and ‘sexy’ nurses might be, say, a tad disgusting. As … [Read more...]

The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Masculinity and the Expectation of Violence

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary became a household name. In a flurry of gunfire, 20-year-old Adam Lanza reignited the politically charged debates over the factors that inevitably perpetuate the cycle of violence. As the media reported a growing death toll, everyday citizens took to their … [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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Adios, Superman?

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By Crystal Smith Chris Godsey, author of the article “Men & Body Image,” notes that body image is no longer an exclusive female problem. Believing that we can fix body image issues he asks, “Where do we start?” In answer to his question, I say we begin by looking at the toys and media images that surround our young … [Read more...]