Posts tagged "gender"

Colorado Candidate Says Vote For Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

Politicians and stupid remarks go together like 90-degree days and Frappucinos. But you’d hope that in 2010, politicians would know better than to sling mud about each other’s gender. Recently, Jane Norton, a U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, made the sexist comment that her opponent, Ken Buck, was not “man enough” to criticize her himself…

Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2010

Women Become Less Trusting When They Take Testosterone Pills

I happen to be very trusting of strangers—I trust that they are trying to screw with me, every chance that they get. But apparently, this is a very male trait—testosterone-packed dudes are not only gifted with strength and aggression, but also cynicism. In a study conducted at Cape Town University, 24 women around the age…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 27, 2010

6 (More) Absurd Gender Stereotypes That We Offer Up For Science

Can we stop making jokes already about women being bad drivers and even worse drinkers? No, I guess we can’t. Apparently there’s a reason why the most generic gender stereotypes won’t just go away and die … they’re, uh, scientifically proven. I felt like I was watching a bad series of beer and detergent commercial…

Ami Angelowicz / May 11, 2010

We Asked, You Answered: What You Would Do If You Were The Opposite Sex For A Day

Last week, I posed to you an interesting question of dire importance: If you had the chance to be the opposite sex for a day, what would you do with your time? Clearly, I am not the only one who lies awake at night pondering this fantasy, because y’all answered in droves. After the jump,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 11, 2010

What Would You Do If You Were The Opposite Sex For A Day?

This week, Chaz (nee Chastity) Bono was granted a petition for a legal gender and name change, making him officially a man. This awesome news for Chaz brought up an interesting question for us; let’s say you got the chance to actually be the opposite sex for a day — what would you do? After…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 7, 2010

Hello, Little Girls Can Be Doctors Too!

The debate over gender issues in children’s toys has been long-running. You know the “rules”: Dolls are meant for girls and trucks are for boys. Well, now an organization called Pinkstinks is putting up a fight against old stereotypes and targeting one store specifically–the U.K.-based retailer Sainsbury. You see, Sainsbury has been selling children’s dress-u…

Bianca Posterli / March 26, 2010

Today’s Lady News: The World’s First Gender-Less Person

A British expat has been acknowledged as the world’s first “gender-less” person — on paper, at least. Norrie May-Welby, 48, of Australia, was born a man but had a sex change operation at age 28. These days May-Welby prefers to be called a “neuter” and the British birth certificate does not officially acknowledge a…

Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2010

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…

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 money…

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 i…

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…

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’…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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 blue or…

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…

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…

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:…

Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2009
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