Category Archives: gender

A Girl Who Was Raised Like A Boy

Sondos, as a little girl.

S. as a little girl.

By S. Abu-Coush

Men are men and women are women?

We don’t learn to be. We just are?

But I didn’t learn gender the way most girls do. And even less the way most Middle Eastern girls do.

And I don’t see myself the way most girls do, either. Read the rest of this entry

Bathroom Graffiti: Women vs Men

 

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Donna Trump: You’re no “10” Brad Pitt!

"Donna" Trump, Photo from The Daily Sqib.

“Donna” Trump. Photo from The Daily Sqib.

I’ve been thinking about Donald Trump’s sexism.

What if Donald morphed into Donna? How would we perceive HER?

Donna opines on an over-30 Brad Pitt: “Sadly, he’s no longer a 10.”😦

Would anyone take a look at Donna and think that that’s an odd thing to say since she’s clearly no “10” either? Read the rest of this entry

Men Seeing Ourselves thru Broken Mirrors

Seeing ourselves in broken mirrors.

Seeing ourselves in broken mirrors.

By Alexander Ghanma

A man cuts himself shaving and his wife quips, “That’s the second time this week!”

He goes ballistic and starts yelling at her. Why?

Because he hears: “You’re a complete dumbass, I can’t believe you can’t even shave your face properly.”

Sounds crazy. But it’s all about “Broken Mirrors.”  Read the rest of this entry

How Sex Creates Gender

Sex creates gender

Sex creates gender

Sex — the verb, and everything surrounding it — helps create gender.

Like when some guys discourage other guys from relationships, and pressure random sex.

What’s that got to do with gender? What it means to be a woman or a man? Read the rest of this entry

Scientists = Men, Say Biased Scientists 

Gender bias in science

Gender bias in science

If men are better systematizers — better at unraveling the rules of the universe — then it’s only fair that science research labs are bastions of testosterone.

Biased (unscientific) research has made it seem so. Read the rest of this entry

The Hairy Gender Gap

However hair is styled, it says something about gender. Let’s take a look at recent Western history.

Men and women both have long hair, but…

In the 18th-century men and women both kept their hair long — but women’s stylings were more elaborate and ornate, as with King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (as played by Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman, pictured here):

Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI

Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI

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Are Men Mentally Tougher? 

Tough guise

Tough guise

Men are strong and stoic and women are weak and dependent, right?

That’s the stereotype. But stereotypes can create social patterns. And surprisingly, things that appear weak may turn out to be strong. And vice versa. Read the rest of this entry

Are Women The Weaker Sex? 

The weaker sex?

The weaker sex?

Are women physically inferior to men?

I ask my students.

“Yes, isn’t it obvious?” some say.

“No,” say others. “A female bodybuilder is stronger than any guy in this room.”

“True. What if she walked into a room full of male bodybuilders?” I prod.  Read the rest of this entry

Why Don’t Feminists Have Gender-Neutral Kids?

Gender equalitySome parents believe in gender equality but conclude that boys and girls are just naturally different.

After all, they tried raising their sons and daughters the same way, yet their girls still liked frilly pink dresses and their boys still played with guns.

But do they raise boys and girls the same?
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