Topic: gender roles

The ‘Godfather Of Hipsterdom’ Mansplains What’s Wrong With Feminism

The 'Godfather Of Hipsterdom' Mansplains What's Wrong With Feminism

A discussion on HuffPost Live about the contemporary meaning of masculinity devolved into the only female on the panel being called a “fucking idiot” because she dared disagree with his views on feminism and gender roles, namely that all feminists are miserable and that all women just want to fulfill their biological imperative to breed and be homemakers. And bake pies. They probably want to bake pies, too. More »

College-Aged Men Are Failing Because We’re Spending Too Much Time Helping Women Succeed, Says ‘Feminist’

College-Aged Men Are Failing Because We're Spending Too Much Time Helping Women Succeed, Says 'Feminist'

College-aged women are beginning to succeed at a more rapid rate than college-aged men, so we better form a task force to see what the hell is going on, says Christina Hoff Sommers. She wrote an essay for The Atlantic this week titled, “How To Make School Better For Boys.” Her argument would be a lot easier to swallow if she didn’t frame it around blaming feminism and organizations that help girls succeed for the plunging success of the male college student. But then again, if she didn’t do that she wouldn’t have gotten all of the MRA page views, so I get it. More »

Miranda Kerr Makes Sure Not To Bring Her ‘Alpha Female’ Persona Into Her Marriage

Miranda Kerr Makes Sure Not To Bring Her 'Alpha Female' Persona Into Her Marriage

While I may not be for traditional gender roles classes for kids, I’m generally for whatever non-abusive partnership works between consenting grownups. One of the awesome things about having a family in 2013 is constructing the enterprise however you — and your wallet — see fit. If couples of all orientations want to to construct their marriages like “Leave It To Beaver” episodes or have stay-at-home dads or be a power couple with eight nannies, I will echo the loudest “whatever” in the blogosphere. Unless, someone starts trafficking in some serious gender stereotypes about OTHER PEOPLE’s choices. We need to exchange words, Miranda Kerr. More »

DOMA Defender Says He Wants Your Kids To Take A Sorely Needed Traditional Gender Roles Class

DOMA Defender Says He Wants Your Kids To Take A Sorely Needed Traditional Gender Roles Class

Times are hard for those who stay up all night handwringing over the thought of LGBTQ folks marrying. Please let it be sleeplessness and utter desperation that compelled Representative Phil Gingrey from Georgia to say that kids these days need to be conditioned into traditional gender roles by way of a Traditional Gender Roles Class. Desperate times call for increasingly desperate measures, I guess. More »

The ‘Secret’ To Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner’s Adorable Marriage Is Mad Men

The 'Secret' To Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner's Adorable Marriage Is Mad Men

I’m sure the Affleck-Garner family has their strife just like everyone else. Heck, even when Jennifer Garner was wholesomely pregnant with baby Samuel, she expressed regret at marrying young (the first time around). But according to a “source” close to the couple, what makes this nuclear family so sparkly and and Wonder Bread-worthy is that the pair have a Mad Men-style arrangement happening. More »

Christmas Toys For Our Daughter Range From Barbie To Batman & I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

Christmas Toys For Our Daughter Range From Barbie To Batman & I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

The holiday season has every parent considering the best toys to give their good little boys and girls. Lately, we’ve thought a lot about toys that look like weapons, and whether they’re the right choice for our kids. But no toy discussion is complete without a mention of gender balance. And in the increasingly gendered world of children’s toys, my family’s solution is simply to provide a wide range of girls’ and boys’ toys, then let my daughter choose what to play with. More »

My Daughter Is Dying For Professional Female Role Models

My Daughter Is Dying For Professional Female Role Models

We were driving home from gymnastics class when my daughter and I pulled up alongside a firetruck. She immediately plastered herself against the window with excitement, smiling and waving at the firefighters while we sat at a red light. The gracious men waved back at my little girl, and the driver even honked the horn, causing her to squeal with delight. In that moment, she felt super cool informing me that she was just greeted by what she calls, “real-life superheroes.” However, a couple minutes later she was quiet and upset about the encounter. When I asked what was wrong, she said, “I wish girls could do that.” More »

I Wish We Talked About SAHMs With The Same Awe & Enthusiasm We Show Stay-At-Home-Dads

I Wish We Talked About SAHMs With The Same Awe & Enthusiasm We Show Stay-At-Home-Dads

Wow, stay-at-home-dads are cool. They’re sewing old flannel sports coats into “little gray number[s] with some distinguished flair.” They’re doing woodworking and leatherworking. They’re taking over the playground from those stuffy women and their side-eye glances. Just ask the New York Times, dads are the new cool thing. It is hip and desirable to be a stay-at-home parent, as long as you’re a non-gender-role-conforming male one.

When I read this weekend’s Times’ tribute to stay-at-home-dads, there was just one thing running through my mind: “I wish we talked about stay-at-home-moms this way.” More »