Posts tagged "gender"

WSJ’s “Office Mom” Piece Has Some Problems

The New York Times is getting a run for its money in the dubiously-credible lifestyle articles department. Today's contender: the Wall Street Journal's "Who's Your Office Mom?" which continues on another page with the statement-making headline, "Every Office Needs A Mom." Really, WSJ, really?
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2013

Trans Role Model & Activist Kate Bornstein Needs Our Help To Fight Cancer

If you haven't had a chance to read Kate Bornstein's memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, go out right now and buy it. The woman has lived an incredible life -- from being a male Scientology scout, to prize-winning playwright, trans activist and gender outlaw -- and somehow managed to kee…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

Awesome Mom Fights Ignorance With Sarcasm

The blogger behind the parenting site Ben and Birdy recently had a run-in with a man who mistook her son for a girl. The incident happened in a public restroom, and the man vocally made a scene,  questioning the boy's gender and his right to be in a male public restroom. Appalled by…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 20, 2013

Some Transgender Kids Have It More Figured Out Than The Rest Of Us

This week's issue of The New Yorker includes a feature by Margaret Talbot, on the rise of young kids and teenagers identifying as transgender. While the concept of transgender isn't new, there's a trend emerging; kids as young as three are identifying as trans. Depending on the openness and support of their parents,…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 15, 2013

“Girls Don’t Play Football” & Other BS Gender Stereotypes

Something nice for a change: here's a clever new video from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault about "breaking the box" of society-prescribed gender stereotypes. Boys can cry. Girls can play football. Taking advantage of a drunk woman doesn't make you a "man."  It's 2013, everyone! What do you think of the PSA? […
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

True Story: A Subway Car Full Of People Watched A Woman Assault A Man And Did Nothing

When you live in New York City, it's impossible not to find yourself inadvertently in the middle of someone else's crazy. Sometimes it's a domestic dispute and sometimes it's a person in the throes of a psychotic break -- either due to mental illness or substance use. You learn to assess these situations as best…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 11, 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

6 Gender Stereotypes Around The World

It's easy to think that some behaviors are just inherently male or female. Boys like to play with trucks. Girls like to play with dolls. Men propose marriage, women take their husband's last name. But what may be normal in the Western World isn't necessarily around the world. See what we discovered about gender norm…
By: YourTango.com / January 20, 2013

From Boy To Girl In Less Than Two Minutes

This amazing video shows what it really looks like to go through a gender identity change. YouTube user iiGethii writes, "This video is of me going through a three-year transition (roughly one thousand pictures). I have had FFS during the process. I started roughly around when I was 20-21 years of age." The photos show…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 11, 2013

Joe Scarborough Called Out For Chauvinism, Proves Claim By Acting Like An Ass

Pay attention to this clip of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Thursday's "Morning Joe." Perhaps you'll notice that every time a woman talks during the show, Scarborough talks over and through them. When a man speaks, Scarborough let's them ramble. When BBC correspondent Katty Kay attempts to join the fray -- ironically over Obama'…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 11, 2013

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss Interracial Dating In A New Video Series

About a month ago, I received an interesting proposition from a fellow editor at a women's website called Madame Noire. Would The Frisky staff like to participate in an exchange where the editors of Madame Noire (all Black women) would ask us he questions they'd always wanted to ask white women, and vice…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 8, 2013

The Soapbox: On Proving Masculinity

Hello from out here in Man Card America, where proving your masculinity to the dude-friends who are vigilantly looking to revoke your "Man Card" if you get caught engaging in unmanly activities like being scared, doing what your girlfriend wants to do sometimes, enjoying a song by a woman, or drinking the wrong kind of…
By: Dan Solomon / December 21, 2012

Anna Wintour’s Boyfriend Of 13 Years Defends Her Rumored Ambassadorship

"It's a little bit of male chauvinism … It's not just Anna — I see powerful women who really get slammed for being too forthright or running their business in a very determined way. If [former GE CEO] Jack Welch were being named as a potential ambassador, people wouldn't be saying, 'Oh, but hang on,…
By: Rachel Krause / December 19, 2012

Teen Wins Fight for Less “Girly” Easy-Bake Oven

A 13-year-old girl who complained to Hasbro that its purple and pink Easy-Bake Ovens needed to be a little more unisex for her 4-year-old brother has won: Thanks to her online petition, Hasbro is releasing a blue, silver, and black version—and adding boys to advertisements for the classic toy, the AP reports. "They really met most or…
By: Newser / December 18, 2012

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

Teen Activist Asks Hasbro To Market Easy-Bake Oven To Both Genders

When 13-year-old Mckenna Pope asked her 4-year-old brother Gavin what he wanted for Christmas, he answered "a dinosaur and an Easy-Bake Oven." Best Christmas list ever, right? But Mckenna soon found out that getting him a living, breathing dinosaur would be much less complicated than getting him an Easy-Bake Oven, thanks to the gender-specific way…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 4, 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

Meet Casey Legler, The Female Artist Working As A Male Model

Andrej Pejic, the androgynous, biologically male beauty who rose to notoriety as a working female model, ushered in the changing tides of a new non-gender conformative face to fashion. Cast in editorial and runway positions that were previously only filled by women, he became the singular poster child for a generation unencumbered by the…
By: Rachel Krause / November 25, 2012

Mom Blogs About Taking Her Son For Pedicures

I'm loving this post on Raising My Rainbow, a parenting blog hosted on Queerty written by the mother of "a slightly effeminiate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son." In this latest post, she writes about taking her son for pedicures and how rudely everyone in the nail salon behaved. The woman doing the mom's pedicure actually…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2012

Little Boy Learns He Can’t Be A Princess For Halloween

I have a love-hate relationship with "What Would You Do?", the so-called 'reality' show that hires actors to enact controversial situations in public to gauge the response of random people. I don't actually watch the show, but every time I read about one of the show's episodes online — What will…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012