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    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
A recent study conducted at Boston College shows a disturbing trend of low self-esteem in female college graduates when compared to male graduates. The study analyzed the results of identical surveys, one administered to participants during their first year of college and the second administered during their fourth year.  Researchers found that, despite high academic achievment, female participants had "worse self-understanding" upon graduating than they had four years prior when they took the first questionnaire. Read More
Starting in November, Germany will become the first country in Europe to provide an “indeterminate” gender selection on birth certificates. This law gives parents a somewhat “laissez-faire” approach to their child’s gender identity. Most importantly, children born with both male and female characteristics will be able to choose their own gender later in life. By marking “blank” on the birth certificate, parents can give their kid the freedom to identify in whatever way he or she sees fit. Read More
In The New York Times’ recent Social Q’s, a New York City mom wrote in about a dilemma facing her daughter and a birthday party. Her daughter was invited to a five-year-old’s superhero themed birthday party, but then she was un-invited. Instead, she was invited to a separate birthday party, which is just for girls. Here’s the question below: We received a "save the date" card for a fifth birthday party for a boy my daughter knows. It was to be a Superhero Soiree. But shortly before the date, we were uninvited. Read More
I'm more than a little skeptical about a new study that asserts that the birth of a daughter and growing up with female siblings makes men more generous with their money. I can see how growing up with siblings in general makes  people, not just men, generous because they’ll be more inclined to share, but I don’t buy that all female children are more nurturing and soften all men in the household in general. Read More
Remember when baby stilettos were a thing? Remember how they never really caught on? Yeah, let’s hope this trend meets the same end. Baby Bangs, the company responsible for the newest line of toddler toupees, believes “in the beauty of childhood.” So they invented patent pending headband accessories that are making waves across, gee, I don’t know, sandboxes? I guess? The results are pretty weird. Now, this would be all fine and dandy and laughable if it weren't for the company’s blatantly gendered mission. Read More
Today in news that makes you proud to be a part of humanity: a small, yet important, win for the transgender community thanks to the bravery of Coy Mathis and her family. For those of you who don’t know who Coy is, she is a 6-year-old trans girl who started to identify as a girl at a few years old. When she entered kindergarten at Eagleside Elementary, her very awesome parents informed the school that though Coy was born biologically male, Coy identified as a girl and should be treated as such. Read More
  Fantastic campaign alert! Stop what you're doing and look at these photos from the MADE UP Experiment. Makeup is a HUGE part of gender performance - it's tied to femininity like blonde on a Barbie. We're taught to follow certain customs in order to be read as feminine, while men are taught to perform masculinity.  These rigid gender roles limit self-expression and individuality, and lots of people are fed up with that. MADE UP is showing how the performance of gender is just that - a performance. Read More
  Who IS that girl?  We know all about how kids’ toys are divided by gender in really icky ways. Why can’t a boy use an Easy Bake Oven? Why aren’t girls playing with those trucks in the commercials? And the issue goes far beyond surface advertising – “boy products” often encourage building, activity, and adventure, while “girl products” usually emphasize appearance and foster skills like nurturing and cooking. These are all great qualities, but dividing them by gender is bad news for any kid. Read More
Mental illness is a major issue in both the health care community and society. Chances are, you know people who have either depression or anxiety, and of those people you know, it is probable that they are women. At least, that's what a new study coming out of Oxford University says. According to the results, which looked at 12 major studies done throughout the world in the last 20+ years, women are 40% more likely to develop mental illness than men as well as women being 75% more likely to report suffering from depression and 60% more likely than men to report having an anxiety disorder. Read More
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