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“Millions of women find themselves being told to break the glass ceiling,” Maria Shriver explained to Matt Lauer this morning on the Today Show, “and yet they feel that there is no foundation for them to stand on. It's hard to add another crack to the ceiling when you are standing on a cracked floor.” Let’s face it: women today are forced to be excellent multi-taskers. Read More
A new study suggests that the stereotypical environment in which we raise our daughters (think Barbie, Easy-Bake Ovens, and co.) isn't just impacting her mental health, but her physical well-being, too! Researchers at Oregon State University are finding that immunity later in life can be linked back to the play habits of young children. Boys are traditionally encouraged to frolic in the dirt, make mud pies, and eat worms. Girls are kept tucked away indoors to play house in a Lysol-cleansed castle. Read More
This morning, I started my day with a chuckle after stumbling upon New York Magazine's "39 Things We'll Miss About the Patriarchy, Which is Dead". The article came as a response to Slate Magazine's piece "The Patriarchy is Dead" (subtitle: Feminists, accept it.) (sub-subtitle: ugh, gross.) Check out a few of the things New York Magazine says they will miss the most about the dead-and-buried patriarchal structure: 1. The 200 abortion restrictions passed since 2011, closing 58 (or roughly 1 in 10) clinics. 3. Read More
Fix the Family, a Catholic centered lifestyle blog, has never been known for their feminist ideals. They preach traditional gender roles to the nth degree: the man is the provider and head of household, while the woman cooks, cleans, cares for the children, and submits to her husband. But even when you know not to take the things a website says too seriously, sometimes they go ahead and post something so archaic and misguided that you can’t help but feel the feminist rage brew. Read More
In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal talked about the advances of new cleaning products and how they've changed to work even faster than ever, blah, blah, blah. More importantly though, WSJ decided to accompany the text of the piece with drawings of women, and only women, using these housekeeping items. Because as we all know, men can't complete such mundane tasks! Those are to be left to us helpless females. Men and women are equal and all, but who could bother a dude to wash a dish? Way to perpetuate the stereotype of women always cleaning up after their families. Read More
Since childhood, we’ve been taught over and over again – don't judge a book by its cover – but this seemingly golden maxim is getting harder to follow.  Earlier this month, we reported on the unyielding gendering of book covers. The trend is particularly persistent in young adult fiction, where “regular” books are marketed towards both genders, and then there are the books for girls: unabashedly decorated in frills, lace, and pink.  And accordingly, boys don’t read “girly” books, whereas girls often read across gender lines. Read More
I'm not sure if any of our readers would seriously look to Victoria's Secret models for marriage advice, or realistic perspective on...anything ever, but Miranda Kerr has caused quite a ruckus when she recently revealed the success of her marriage with Legolas. Apparently doing big things (writing books, making skin care products, etc.) in a recent interview for Net a Porter's online magazine, The Edit, Kerr was quoted saying the following:  “I think it is really important not to feel as a woman that you have to do and be everything. Read More
Get out your brooms and aprons, ladies. TV personality Pat Robertson has some truly old-fashioned advice on how to get over your husband’s infidelity, and a part of it requires good housekeeping. In a recent episode of his show The 700 Club, Robertson’s advice to a female viewer distressed about her cheating husband was to let it go, because, “well, he’s a man.” He also suggests that she should look into why she married him in the first place, suggesting that a man is worth keeping so long as he’s a good provider and “handsome. Read More
While modern feminist conversations frequently fall on the topic of choice for professional women – do I choose my career, or do I choose motherhood – the argument generally stops there, and never addresses the choice some women make not to be a mother at all. American culture praises mothers, and rightly so, but we are also so obsessed with them that more frequently we lean on the topic of the right to choose an abortion or not, therefore overshadowing the other more obvious right to choose to ever get pregnant or not. Read More
  In some ways, Colorado has its act together: The State is making progress in the battle for same-sex unions, it has embraced that good ol’ swing-state status, and then there's all the recent weed stuff. But in matters concerning gender expression and healthy sexuality, they seem to have things ass-backwards. Now don’t misunderstand, dear reader, I was born and raised in that great square state. I loved growing up in such a beautiful place, but the skies were as open as (some) people’s minds were closed. Read More
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