Posts tagged "gender"

30 Annoying Things Men Assume About Women

I'll admit it's hard to complain when a waiter automatically puts the check in front of your date or when "women and children" are evacuated first from a sinking ship. But sometimes it gets really annoying when men assume certain things about women just because we're women. Sure, these assumptions may apply to some of…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 26, 2010

Redefining Our Roles And Expections Of Marriage

Yesterday's "Dear Wendy" column, in which a woman wrote in asking whether she should marry or dump her boyfriend whose earning potential she felt was much less than hers, sparked a huge discussion (over 170 comments and counting). We Frisky-ians have lots of opinions on the issue of marriage and feminism and the role…
By: Wendy Atterberry / February 23, 2010

Blogger “James Chartrand” Outs Herself As A Female

A blogger for Copyblogger, who wrote under the name "James Chartrand," outed herself as a female, explaining that she chose a male name to earn more money and get more respect in her career. Years ago The Blogger Formerly Known As James Chartrand (who declined to identify her real name) hit a plateau in her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 14, 2009

Did You Have More Chores Than Your Brothers?

Cue a sarcastic "We've come along way, baby!" joke: A recent study by the children's magazine Highlights found girls are assigned more chores at home than boys. The survey polled 845 kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and found 73 percent of girls do chores, while 65 percent of boys do. Eight percent…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2009

DNA Tests Allegedly Indicate Caster Semenya’s A Hermaphrodite

For weeks Caster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African runner, has been embroiled in a kerfluffle over her "real" sex. Rumors that Semenya wasn't a woman spread after she won a gold medal last month, and the International Association of Athletics Federations ordered her to undergo DNA testing. Semenya's test results allegedly show she'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2009

Woman Switches Genders When She Has Seizures

Here's a story from a medical journal: One woman's sex changes when she has seizures. We learned from the pages of the journal Epilepsy and Behavior that the woman has a tumor located near her amygdala and abnormal activity on the right side of her brain. After she has a seizure, she believes her gender…
By: Susannah Breslin / August 28, 2009

Is South African Runner Caster Semenya Really A Man?

Is Caster Semenya a woman who looks like a man, or a man posing as a woman? There is controversy surrounding the 18-year-old South African runner who many want to submit to a gender verification test due to her muscular and manly physique. Semenya is a favorite in today's 800 final at the world championships,…
By: Catherine Strawn / August 19, 2009

What’s So Great About Being “One Of The Guys,” Anyway?

This week I was reading an article in the New York Times called "She’s a Director Who’s Just Another Dude." It's about Lynn Shelton, who directed a movie called "Humpday," yet another bromance comedy. The writer spouts off about why Shelton is so cool—citing "masculine" tendencies such as enjoying alcohol, showing confidence, and feeling powerful…
By: Nikki Dowling / July 9, 2009

Do You Eat Dude Food? Does Your Guy Like Chick Drinks?

If you'll indulge me in a little gender stereotyping here, most men are total trash compactors when it comes to food. They'll just eat, eat, eat, eat, eat anything on their plate and suffer the consequences in the john later. Except, that is, when it comes to a fruity yogurt parfait. Or a granola bar.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 6, 2009

Raising A Child Without A Gender: Do Or Don’t?

A couple in Sweden is raising their child, named Pop, as an “it,” and say they are keeping the toddler’s gender a secret. This decision, they said, came from their “feminist” philosophy that gender is a social construct -- they believe “it is cruel to bring a child into the world with a…
By: Carrie Wasterlain / June 29, 2009

Guys Get (Even) Dumber When They Talk To Chicks

Well, ladies if you ever had any doubt that women are higher up on the food chain than men, you can lay your skepticism to rest. A new study shows that men get dumber when they talk to females. Dutch psychologists had guys and gals talk to peeps of the same and opposite sex, the…
By: Nikki Dowling / June 23, 2009

Baby Gender Mentor Kit Is A Rip-Off, Say Moms

The Baby Gender Mentor kit seemed like a godsend to expectant mothers who wanted to know the sex of their babies before the delivery. The mothers shelled out $25 for the kit and $250 for results. But the company couldn't deliver on its promise. Although it promised 99.9 percent accuracy, the Baby Gender Mentor kit…
By: Annika Harris / June 16, 2009

Is It Possible To “Judge Like A Woman”?

Just how much does gender influence the way a judge makes decisions? The New York Times tried to tackle this behemoth question—as it pertains to Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court—in one tight little article this weekend. And while we hate to nitpick, the title alone kinda pissed us off:…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2009

Baby Gender Testing At Home: Cool Or Curious?

Home is the new OB/GYN. Not only can you take a pregnancy test in the comfort of your own home, but you can test the gender of your baby, too. Intelligender, an at-home kit for determining the sex of a baby, is on the market.
By: Carrie Wasterlain / May 20, 2009

How Men And Women Deal With Stress

A lot of times, it seems like women deal with stress by talking about their problems, while men shut down and keep quiet about what's troubling them. In the police force, the opposite is kind of true. Don Kurtz, an assistant professor of social work at Kansas State University, studied gender differences in stress and…
By: Catherine Strawn / March 2, 2009

Pink: The Color For Boys?

Pink equals girl, blue equals boy. That's the widespread association with those two colors, but it wasn't always that way. In the early 1900s, blue was for girls and pink was for boys. Back then, the British magazine Women's Journal explained: "That pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the…
By: Catherine Strawn / January 8, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Condomless Sex, Work Supervisors, & The Jessica Simpson Jinx

About one in four American teens will contract an STD, mainly because many fail to use condoms routinely and consistently. A study of 1,400 people ages 15 to 21 who had had unprotected sex in the previous 90 days found that they didn't use condoms because they believe they reduce sexual pleasure and were concerned…
By: Catherine Strawn / September 10, 2008

Facebook Goes Gender Specific

It always annoyed me a little that on Facebook my mini-feed would say, "Catherine just updated their About Me," but I never gave too much thought to it. Well, Facebook just announced that they've updated it to say either "his" or "her." This is great for people who care about matching nouns with pronouns, but…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 27, 2008

Women Are Being Put To The Test

We’ve all taken risks -- tried things and people we weren’t sure of and chalked it up to experimentation. It’s all part of being a liberated woman. But sadly we’re are missing out on some of the most important testing that is actually guaranteed to give us what we need: clinical trials. Research has show…
By: Simcha / May 29, 2008

Man Or Woman Game

Not sure if that mystery hottie messaging you on MySpace is really a cute guy or an old lonely woman with 50 cats that just likes to role-play? A new website program called the Gender Genie claims it can tell whether someone is a man or woman by their writing. Using algorithms developed…
By: Simcha / April 11, 2008
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