J. Crew recently released a product for girls that has received some criticism: an apron. While boys are offered toys like “Boys’ Ridley’s Magic Tricks” or “Kid’s Color Block Notebook,” girls are not offered any toys at all. Instead, girls are offered nail polish and an apron. Redditer Miffy88 started the discussion on the product. While many children might want an apron, J. Crew discouragingly only suggests it to girls. Read More
The Greek photographer Penelope Koliopoulou is tired of seeing romantic comedies that end as soon as the main couple gets together. From her yearning for more complex representations of intimacy, she created Self Portraits, a series of staged narratives in which she plays both the male and the female involved in a heterosexual relationship. Read More
While searching for a temp job, the artist Coco Layne shaved the sides of her head. Soon after, she got an interview with a conservative clothing company. She wore a wig to conceal her unusual hairstyle. To fit in at work, she parted her hair in a more “feminine” way, covering the shaved areas of her head; she wore makeup.
She documented the transition in her gender presentation on film. Read More
BY Narciso Espiritu
on Nov 04, 2013
It’s only been a few weeks since veteran Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson made a statement regarding the lack of African-American women in SNL's cast. This issue is something that has been largely un-addressed since Maya Rudolph's 2007 departure from the sketch comedy show. Should we be ashamed we've let that slip for the last six years? Probably. But there are people who want a better answer than that.
Online civil rights organization, colorofchange. Read More
Elliot Sailors had a successful career as a female model with Ford agency until she hit thirty. Facing a dramatic decrease in job offers, many models are forced to shift gears as they age. But instead of turning to behind the scenes fashion work or hosting shows like America’s Next Top Model, Sailors pursued a career as a male model.
To make herself appear more conventionally masculine, she binds her chest, cuts her hair, and highlights her jaw. Read More
The other day I was listening to an old episode of This American Life with Ira Glass called “Testosterone.” In one story, a transgender male feminist explained how his eyes uncontrollably wandered to female bodies when he took testosterone. He was heartbroken by the fact that he spent more time looking at chests than faces. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Oct 25, 2013
The World Economic Forum released the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, and for the fifth year in a row, Iceland was declared the country with the smallest gender gap. Rounding out the top five nations are Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Philippines. This means women in these countries have the most equal access to education and healthcare, and are more actively involved in government and economics. It also means Scandinavia is one rad place.
The gender gap has narrowed in the past year—86 of 133 countries showed improvements. Read More
Robert Redford thinks women and young people might be the solution to ineffective and less-than-unified government (ahem, shutdown). The actor, now seventy-seven, tells CNN that we should “give [women] the reins [...] they can do better than we have.” I don't take his words as a reiteration of the controversial ideas of feminists who believe that women are inherently more nurturing and therefore can build a more cooperative government. Read More
Sweden officially has a gender-neutral pronoun for those who don’t identify with male or female pronouns. The word “hen” first came up in the 1960s, and in 1994, linguist Hans Karlgren proposed that the word “hen” be used universally to avoid mix-ups. Everyone could be referred to as “hen.”
Now the word refers specifically to individuals who identify as gender-neutral, and Sweden has made an official step towards accepting and validating those who aren’t necessarily defined within the gender binary. Read More
TV executives have been recycling the same tired excuse to justify networks’ lack of female characters in kid’s shows for years: “shows aimed at boys appeal to all genders, but boys won’t watch shows marketed to girls.” Slate’s Libby Copeland investigates, and finds that nearly all in TV hold firm to this outlandish assumption. But thanks to Copeland’s efforts, we finally have research to put this lame copout to bed once and for all. Read More