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
Topic: gender roles
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
According to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics, boys raised in a home with sisters are more likely to have traditional expectations of gender roles and have socially conservative views. Initially, this struck me as odd. Then I started thinking about the way my own household runs. Now I am not so surprised. More
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
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
However, pushing flexible work-life policies as an alternative to the egg freeze movement assumes – incorrectly – that instituting career balance is a mother’s responsibility. More
“Clarified” was their word, not mine. My tag would have been “Open mouth. Insert glass slipper” because turning her unfortunate book title into the punchline of every joke never gets old for me. More
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
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I completely understand what his teacher was trying to convey, and I know she only had the best intentions. But, it was still a bit startling to see it put as bluntly as “your son did something generous, he’s not like a typical boy.” More
There’s a difference between “being polite,” and “behaving like a lady.” And no matter how well-intentioned it might be, I would not respond well to someone suggesting that my daughter, “act like a lady.” And I don’t think young boys should be admonished to behave like “gentlemen.” More
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
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
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