Defining a “Metrosexual Male”

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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...]

Toys Wars: Studies Show Media Messages about Boys and Girls Matter

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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...]

Addressing Privilege: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Necessary

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By Allison Epstein, Associate Editor In my younger days, the big fads were slap bracelets and Pokémon cards. Today, it’s Buzzfeed quizzes. There’s a quiz on everything, from “Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You?” (Saint Andrew) to “How Many Life Skills Do You Have?” (52/100, so apparently it’s a miracle I’ve lived to 22). But … [Read more...]

Using Correct Gender Pronouns Will Make You a Better Trans* Ally

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By Laura Kacere at Everyday Feminism Try having a conversation without using a pronoun: he, she, his, hers, they, theirs. You’ll find it’s nearly impossible. In the English language, if you’re referring to one person, you have to gender them. As such, pronouns are an important part of our language. And yet their role in … [Read more...]

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...]

If You Must Think About Your Weight, Think These 10 Things

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By: Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined   Another day, another opportunity to think about how much space you, as a woman, take up. That’s how it feels when you can’t throw a fat-burning supplement without hitting a visual about the losing of the weight or the gaining of the weight, and who gained what, how … [Read more...]

It’s Here: Day of the Girl 2013!

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By Allison Epstein and Erin McKelle Looking for a reason to celebrate October 11 other than it finally being Friday? How about the Second Annual International Day of the Girl? Created in 2011 by the United Nations to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” the Day of the Girl provides … [Read more...]

Why Male Pregnancy Matters

By Sayantani DasGupta for Sociological Images The reproductive health police are at it again, and this time they’ve got the gender and sexuality cops with them. Despite the CDC reporting a decline in teen pregnancy across ethnic groups, public health and privately funded campaigns are popping up across the U.S. aimed … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Double Standard of Aging

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By Lisa Wade, PhD Cross-posted from Sociological Images Today I had the pleasure of reading a 1978 essay by Susan Sontag titled The Double Standard of Aging.  I was struck by how plainly and convincingly she described the role of attractiveness in men’s and women’s lives: [For women, o]nly one standard of female beauty is … [Read more...]

A New Era of Gender Neutrality?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Earlier this summer, Google Plus debuted as the newest social networking service. Although technophiles immediately took to review sites to predict Google Plus' inevitable rise to surpass its predecessor Facebook for advances in technology and design, social activists couldn't help but notice the advance … [Read more...]