Posts tagged "gender"

How Do We Feel About Pink’s New Song “Slut Like Me”?

A Frisky reader sent me the lyric video for Pink's new song "Slut Like Me" and asked what I think. To be honest, musically, I think it sucks. But I have a feeling he was asking what I really think about Pink owning the word "slut" and using it to describe herself — which…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2012

The Soapbox: Of Little Girls And LEGOs

You can’t walk through my home barefoot without stepping on a colorful, sharp piece of plastic at least once. Yes, we are one of the families that helps ensure that Lego’s sales and profits continue to rise in an economy where many toy manufacturers are struggling. And apparently, we’re not the only ones: Lego i…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 7, 2012

“Agender”: Neither Man Nor Woman, But Definitely Fabulous

Androgyny is in. From supermodel Andrej Pejic to gender-neutral parenting articles, the media can’t get enough of us non-binary ("boy" or "girl") folks lately. But is not identifying as male or female really about androgyny?  Is being elsewhere on the gender spectrum the same as being gender neutral? I look at pictures of Pejic and…
By: Avory Faucette / August 23, 2012

The Soapbox: Where Helen Gurley Brown Got Feminism Wrong

When Helen Gurley Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 90, female journalists and writers came out en masse to laud Brown for her contributions to the sexual liberation of women and heralded her a feminist icon. It's true that Brown's incredible 32-year reign at Cosmopolitan marked a sea change for…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 15, 2012

These Half-Drag Portraits Will Make You Reconsider Everything You Know About Beauty

If you find T Magazine's Model-Morphosis as utterly transfixing as I do, then prepare to be stunned: photographer Leland Bobbé's incredible new portraits will blow your mind. The ongoing series depicts men who masquerade as women as one dichotomous (and, it must be said, beautiful) persona — half masculine, half feminine, neither male nor…
By: Rachel Krause / August 3, 2012

Rad Reads Week: Book Recommendations For (Almost) Your Every Obsession

I'm a person who gets on kicks. I see an autobiographical movie and I spend the next five hours researching every iota of information about the person on the internet. The great thing is, whatever you current obsession -- no matter how vaguely random -- there's probably a book to satiate it. Here are but…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 17, 2012

12 Famous Women Who’ve Used Their Sexuality (To Get Ahead)

The combination of tits and drive can, apparently, cause the internet to crash. In the past six months I’ve watched as publications and writers I admire scrutinize Lana Del Rey for representing a “passive femininity,” gawk at young writer Marie Calloway for sleeping with older, more established male writers and shake their heads at…
By: Rachel White / June 29, 2012

Geena Davis Believes We’re Not Done Creating Gender Equality

"I just gave a commencement address at a local girls' high school and one point I made was to realize that that the job of creating gender equality was not yet done. There's a tendency for the younger generation to think that the women's movement made enormous progress and that we're pretty much set, you…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 23, 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

Nerd Girl Porn: Men With Lady Hair

Israel's F.O.D. Magazine did a photo spread of men with womanly hairstyles for its June issue. "What A Piece of Work Is Man" is meant to be a reflection on masculinity and gender perceptions in honor of this months Pride celebration. My vagina feels confused … in a good way. I'm finding myself oddly attracted…
By: Ami Angelowicz / June 2, 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

British PSA About Male Rape Proves It’s Hard To Please Everybody

The issues of male rape and sexual abuse get plenty of sensationalistic air time on "Law & Order: SVU," but not so much substantive awareness in our day-to-day lives. While it is true that reported sexual abuse of girls and women is far more prevalent than male abuse, I also assume acknowledging or discussing male…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

Bill Introduced To Ban Abortions Based On Sex & Race

Abortion rights are being screwed with yet again! The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act seeks to criminalize abortions based on the race or the sex of the fetus. That might sound good to some people: supporters of the bill quickly point out how many female fetuses are aborted in China,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 10, 2011

Oops! Men Only Think About Sex 19 Times A Day, Not 8,000

Just kidding! There was a slight miscalculation. Men don't actually think about sex every seven seconds. I always thought that 8,000 sexual thoughts a day seemed like an oppressive estimate.  New research says that men are not the wild, hyper-sexualized beasts science made them out to be. Men's sexual notions happen more like once every…
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 29, 2011

Why Are The Best Shows On TV About Dudes?

There's an interesting essay Chuck Klosterman wrote (it's really very good, read the whole thing here) where he postulates: There doesn't seem to be much debate over what have been the four best television shows of the past 10 years. It seems like an easy question to answer, particularly since it's become increasingly difficult…
By: Jennifer Wright / October 12, 2011

Andrej Pejic Says His Looks Are “Personal”

“The way I need to look, it’s a very personal thing. When I started experimenting, it was to make myself feel happy, to look in the mirror and be satisfied. I never did drag or anything like that. It was always that I wanted to be pretty, to look beautiful, as a girl would want…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 16, 2011

Morning Quickies: Tim Gunn Thinks Hillary Clinton Is “Confused About Her Gender”

  Tim Gunn thinks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "confused about her gender." The claws came out when Gunn went on "Lopez Tonight" and dissed Clinton's "big, baggy menswear tailored pantsuits. No, I’m really serious. [They're] unflattering." Wow. Inappropriate. She's pushing 70 and works in government — what exactly do you want from her?
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2011

Not Acting Like “A Lady” Will Get You Dissed In Congress

Today from the "Seriously, Is Everyone In Congress Trapped In The 1950s?" file: a Congressman and a Congresswoman from Florida are unhappy with each other and he decided the best way to deal with this was to email her to tell her she is "not a lady." Not a lady? Oh my stars! Rep.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 21, 2011

J. Crew Ad Called “Blatant Propaganda Celebrating Transgender Children”

I didn't think I could love Jenna Lyons, Creative Director for J. Crew, any more, but my respect for her has grown tenfold beyond just loving her work with the line. On the brand's website, there's a feature called "Saturday with Jenna," featuring photographs of Lyons hanging out with her so…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 12, 2011

12 Reasons Why Women Don’t Listen To Men

Psychologist Robert Leahy made a list of reasons why men don't listen to women. Sure maybe he's not listening to us because he want us to be rational rather than emotional, but it's pretty likely that at that point, we're not listening to him either. While this list is an interesting look at…
By: Ami Angelowicz / January 28, 2011
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