Posts tagged "gender roles"

Whoops! Fox News Accidentally Illustrates Story On “Traditional Gender Roles” With Photo Of Same-Sex Couple

Fox News, what a bunch of bozos. Jessica Valenti, founding editor of Feministing, noticed something curious about the photo accompanying an article on FoxNews.com about "traditional gender roles." Further research confirmed that the couple getting married in the photo (presumably who Fox News felt represented traditional gender roles in a marriage) was not…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 9, 2013

Hitched: Beyoncé And The Luxury Of Playing “Mrs. Carter”

Like everyone else in the country with excellent taste and a belly full of adult beverages, I very much enjoyed Beyoncé's half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday. I loved her all-woman band, particularly Bibi McGill’s spark-shooting axe. I loved the Destiny’s Child reunion. I loved that my Beyoncé half-time BINGO card included…
By: Andrea Grimes / February 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Mom Vs. Dad — Who Takes The Lead?

New York Times’ writers KJ Dell'Antonia and Bruce Feiler recently went head to head over parenting for the latest "Room For Debate." Their discussion focused on whether moms or dads more often take the lead when it comes to parenting, and more importantly, why? This particular debate is an age-old parenting topic. I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2013

Jon Stewart Reminds Everyone That Women Are Not Mice, Can Fight In Military Combat

Jon Stewart's latest crusade: picking apart the right-leaning backlash stemming from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to allow women to serve in combat roles.  A former U.S. Marine penned a piece in the Wall Street Journal [second item] fretting that in combat soldiers often have to urinate and defecate i…
By: Sarah Gray / January 29, 2013

Military Ban Lifted On Women In Combat: Here’s What People Are Saying About It

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted a ban that prohibited women from openly serving in combat roles in the military. This would entail overturning a 1994 rule that bans women from certain ground combat roles, thus opening up more jobs to servicewomen. Women have already been attached to ground unit…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 25, 2013

I’m Kind Of Obsessed With Knowing Everything About “Wives With Beehives”

Oh, feminism, what a tangled web you weave! How could I have missed "Wives With Beehives," a program that aired last Thursday night on TLC (of course), about couples who purposefully live a 1950s lifestyle? The husbands go off to work, carrying their lunch in a pail, natch, while the wives stay at their kitsch-ed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 2, 2013

Barbie Now Has Her Own Construction Site

When I was a little girl, playing LEGOs with my little brother was far from appealing. Not only did I have no interest in hanging out with him anyway, but I much preferred settling myself in my bedroom loft, cutting my Barbie’s hair off and allowing her to scandalously peck my Swan Princess Prince Derek…
By: Daley Quinn / December 6, 2012

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

Mommie Dearest is The Frisky's new biweekly column about being a mama. I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn't want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture? (I don’t…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 29, 2012

True Story: I’m The Only Man In The Kitchen On Thanksgiving And I’m Happy To Be There

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. Of all the holidays that I bemoan, Thanksgiving is the one in which I play my Pick Your Battles card and allow myself to enjoy without too much inner turmoil. In spite of the holiday’s history, for me it prevails with a…
By: Ivan Handshank / November 22, 2012

Who Cleans Up After Thanksgiving Dinner — Ladies Or Gents?

Thanksgiving is a lovely time of year to not only see distant family and beloved friends, but also dredge up decades-old resentments. A famous familial bugaboo is who helps clear the table/wash plates/Saran Wrap the leftovers and who sits on their ass, pretending to be paralyzed by a food coma. (Of course, food coma perso…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2012

Taylor Swift Says She Doesn’t Like “Wearing The Pants” In Relationships, Gets Trashed By Blog

"Whether it’s a summertime dress that makes me feel carefree, an evening cocktail dress that makes me feel fancy, or a vintage dress that makes me feel like a ’50s housewife—which I enjoy feeling like, for some reason—I just really like dresses. ... If I feel too much like I’m wearing the pants, I start…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2012

Girl Talk: Being The Breadwinner Sucked

I grew up blissfully ignorant of gender roles. Growing up in the ‘90s, I never thought I’d one day need a man with a six-figure income to take care of me. But I wasn’t a feminist, either—I didn’t even know what feminism was until my 20s. All I knew was what my mother taught me—that…
By: Marissa Willman / June 18, 2012

Why A Men’s Center At Canada’s Simon Fraser University Should Not Be Controversial

Last month, the student society at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, approved $30,000 to establish a men's center. The center's main supporter, a student named Keneen Midgely, said the volunteer-run men's center would only be equitable, considering SFU already has had a women's center since 1974. It would be a space,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2012

More Men Are Moving Into “Pink Collar” Professions

Once upon a time, a male kindergarten teacher or a male nurse was an oddity, even a novelty. But changing gender roles — and a turned-on-its-head economy — mean that more men than ever are working in what were previously considered to be "pink collar" jobs. In an article about the trend today, The New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Little Girls & Their Pink Things Make For A Fascinating Photo Project

As if you needed further proof that toy companies are ruthless when it comes to marketing "girls" and "boys" toys in the basest way possible: "The Pink & blue Project," by photographer JeongMee Yoon, captures little girls and their pink — very pink — toys, dolls, shoes and clothes. [Flavorwire] Feminist activists Gloria Steinem,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2012

12 Annoying Phrases Used To Describe Women

I've been reflecting more on why I felt such deep shame while watching "The Bachelor" finale the other night. I think part of it has to do with the way they talk about the bachelorettes. It's like they are stock characters. Well, I guess they are. It's television. But in real life as well, I…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 15, 2012

Michelle Duggar’s Tips For A Happy Marriage Include Being “Financially Dependent” On A Man

I won't beat around the bush: "tips for a happy marriage" from Michelle Duggar are as bad as they sound. In the season premiere of "19 Kids and Counting" this week, the reality TV mama (whose family is stumping for Rick Santorum) is filmed at a conference on how to have a happy, evangelical Christia…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Hitched: The Reluctant Groom

"Grooms get in free!" That’s the generous offer from Austin Monthly, my local glossy society rag, for its "Couture, Cakes and Cufflinks," uh, "Bridal Bash." There’s nothing particularly unusual about this kind of shill party, and that’s what makes it particularly offensive. It’s every disgusting wedding narrative rolled into one day-long event that women are…
By: Andrea Grimes / February 15, 2012

Hitched: What Does It Mean To Be A Wife?

I’ve been putting off making the trip to the county clerk’s office to see about getting Patrick and I common-law married. In order for me to be enrolled on his health insurance, Patrick’s employers need some kind of governmentally sanctioned proof that we’re not just total liars. The process in Texas for proving you’re not a total liar i…
By: Andrea Grimes / February 1, 2012

Feminist Parenting Sounds Really Freakin’ Hard

One of the things that freaks me out the most about having kids someday is letting them choose their gender roles on their own. I am going to make a conscious and concerted effort to let my kids know they are loved and accepted however they choose to express themselves. But I'm also realistic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011