Posts tagged "gender roles"

The Soapbox: Sheryl Sandberg’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Erases My Family

Sheryl Sandberg’s new #LeanInTogether campaign makes me want to lean out and run as far away as I can from her brand of “feminism” as fast as my feet will carry me.   The COO of Facebook's latest op-ed for The New York Times — "How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom," co-bylined by Wharton School…

By: Katie Klabusich / March 6, 2015

Hitched 2.0: You Can Have Your Fiancé Properly Trained With Groom Academy

So, this is new: Ten hotels across the UK are now offering a new program called “Groom Academy,” designed to train guys to become the best husbands they can be. This isn’t about listening, or working together in a relationship, or respecting each other’s opinions. No, this “exclusive” academy focuses on the important aspects of…

By: Emma Sarran / March 5, 2015

A Very Close Reading Of Meghan Trainor’s Horrorshow Regressive Narcissistic Anthem, “Dear Future Husband”

Meghan Trainor’s new album came out this month, which passed my notice because I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio or watch music videos unless specifically recommended to do so, and also because I hate Meghan Trainor. Watching the music video for “All About That Bass” made me feel-it-in-my-muscles angry. There’s something about…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 21, 2015

7 Things Feminists Should Understand About Today’s Men

The feminist movement began as a struggle for basic rights: women's suffrage, reproductive rights, access to work and education, and equal rights within those institutions. Through the hard work and dedication of our foremothers, many of those feats have been won. As a result, our culture has become dominated by a narrative that is not…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 18, 2014

Frisky Q&A: “What If” Star Zoe Kazan Talks Femininity & Feminism

I guess, in our post-"Harry Potter" world, a lot of people would be really excited when a new movie comes out starring Daniel Radcliffe. Alas, I am not one of those people. When I heard about the cast for the new rom-com "What If," I was more excited about Zoe Kazan. The Yale graduate doe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2014

Women In The Workplace Is “A Problem,” Says Morocco’s Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Morocco recently spoke out against advancements for women, bemoaning how us ladies aren't embracing the "sacred status that God gave to women" by finding "time to get married, to be mothers, or to educate their children." Society, it is crumbling. [New York Times] NBC allegedly refused to air ads for the

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

Frisky Rant: Want To “Save Marriage”? Stop Telling Women What To Do

Conservatives' stance on marriage hasn't ever much suited me. The so-called value they profess the loudest is "Preserving And Protecting Traditional Marriage" — it sat at number one atop the 2012 GOP platform — and is of course coded language for marriage between a man and a woman. Their PR strategy for pushing traditional marriage is pretty…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2014

Photo Series Tackles Dating While Feminist

We're pretty intrigued by this photo series project called "Feminism is not a means to just justify self entitlement," in which signs held by a man and a woman clarify what it can mean to be in a relationship while being a feminist. I know I've definitely had moments where I've gotten caught up i…

By: Claire Hannum / March 27, 2014

Christian School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run "Christian" schools are actually enormous dicks. Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn't dress or behave "feminine" enough, like wearing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

5 Shocking Realities Of Being Transgender The Media Ignores

I bet that, for most of you, nothing would feel weirder than having your dad or brother tell you he's now a woman. And for a certain percentage of people, the reaction to that news would be violent. The reality is that the entire concept of transgender people makes folks very uncomfortable, which means we're simply…

By: Cracked / March 23, 2014

The Soapbox: On Lori Gottlieb, “Egalitarian” Relationships And Sexual Passion

The author Lori Gottlieb markets herself as a teller of harsh relationship truths for women. As a contributor to The Atlantic, she saw her 2008 piece "Marry Him!" turned into a full-fledged book in which she advocates that women abandon long lists of qualities marriageable men need to have and marry Mr. Good Enough before…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Emily Matchar, Author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity

One upon a time, the phrase "domestic diva" referred to Martha Stewart and stereotypes of 1950's housewives. But you may have noticed recently that all your friends are knitting and growing their own kale. Your cousin is raising chickens in her backyard. Your mom is making her own pickles and selling them on Etsy. And…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 8, 2013

It’s OK, The Word “Wife” Isn’t Going To Bite

A woman goes through life with a number of labels that she doesn't have any control over, either by birth or by society's imposition. But one label she should get to choose is whether she wants to be someone's "wife" or not.  This should be a right for all of us. A recent piece o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Make Men And Women Unequal As Parents

When it comes to mothering and the so-called “Mommy Wars," the one debate that will seemingly never die is the one centered around breastfeeding. I’ve written extensively about breastfeeding in the past, and in my day job I work on finding accessible ways to educate pregnant women about breastfeeding, in the hopes that they’ll at…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 23, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Difference Between ‘Sex’ & ‘Gender’

"So? What are you having?" Throughout my pregnancy, that was the number one question I received, tied only with: “How are you feeling?” At first I was polite about it, telling folks that it was too early to tell, but that we weren’t finding out anyway until the birth. After I passed 20 weeks, I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 7, 2013

Men With Sisters Are More Likely To Become Republicans, Do Less Housework

My brother grew up with four sisters in the house. I know, right? Come to find out, there's more to having a bunch of sisters than just growing up to be a ladies' man. A new study published in the Journal of Politics has found that boys with sisters are more likely to grow u…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2013

Hitched: Stop With The Female Breadwinning Trend Stories Already

Here’s this article entitled, “The Flip Side Of Being A Female Breadwinner,” another one of those what-does-it-all-mean pieces (yes, there’s an evolutionary psychologist quoted, if you’re playing Navel-Gazey Trend Story Bingo back at home) that takes one person’s experience and blows it up in hopes of making a statement, vaguely tinged with some kind of…

By: Andrea Grimes / May 29, 2013

MTV Announces Masculinity-Policing New Series Called “Guy Court”

Just in case you weren't clear why we still need feminism to break down the sexism of culturally-prescribed gender roles: MTV announced yesterday it greenlit a new reality TV show called "Guy Court" which will straight-up judge bros on their bro-itude. Explains Yahoo: In the half-hour comedic courtroom series "Guy Court," which will premiere i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

Gabrielle Reece Is A Submissive Wife To Husband Laird Hamilton

Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reese is promoting a new memoir, My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper, which hops on the bandwagon of a somewhat popular theme for memoirs-by-strong-ladies these days: she says her life and marriage have improved by being "submissive" to her husband, pro surfer Laird Hamilton. …

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013
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