DMV Makes Teen Remove Makeup Because He Didn't Look 'Like a Boy'

Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old resident of South Carolina, was allegedly told by the DMV that he had to remove his makeup to take a driver's license photo. Because, according to a DMV employee, Chase (who considers himself "gender non-conforming" and reportedly prefers male pronouns) didn't look "like a boy should." » 6/18/14 4:45pm 6/18/14 4:45pm

Advocacy Group Dares Theater Companies to Produce More Plays By Women

The Kilroys, a self-described gang of lady playwrights and producers who are done talking about gender parity in the theater and are ready to do something about it, have just released a list of 46 highly recommended plays by female-identified authors. This list can now be shoved in the face of theater industry leaders… » 6/16/14 11:30pm 6/16/14 11:30pm

Lego to Launch Female Scientist Series Following Gender Controversy

Lego has announced that it will launch science-themed play sets featuring female scientists and their lab tools. The series was chosen as the latest winner of Legos Ideas—in which people can submit and vote on proposals for play sets they'd like the toy company to sell—and comes on the heels of criticism surrounding… » 6/05/14 2:20pm 6/05/14 2:20pm

Colbert Solves Hurricane Gender Problem with 'Hurricane Butch McBalls'

Earlier this week, media outlets reported on a study that found that people are less likely to take a hurricane seriously if it has female name. While to us it might seem stupid (and sexist) to forgo fretting over Hurricane Sandy because she sounds sweet and Grease is your favorite movie, Stephen Colbert — a man of… » 6/05/14 1:20pm 6/05/14 1:20pm

This Photo Perfectly Illustrates Silicon Valley's Gender Disparity

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is happening right now and while the event is bringing us some exciting news (iOS8 sounds like it is going to be amazing and useful and whatever I'll buy it because it is simple and shiny) it's also bringing some troubling pictorial evidence that the gender gap in silicon valley… » 6/03/14 8:30pm 6/03/14 8:30pm

Women Don't Need Restaurants for Women, Just Give Us the Goddamn Steak

Yo, Ladies™! Huddle up. Grab a backwards chair. (Now turn it around and sit on it RIGHT, YOU SHAMELESS HUSSIES. Ladies™ don't straddle.) It's time for some serious LadyTalk™. If you're a Lady™, like me, you've definitely run into this problem: It's dinnertime. You're starving. You haven't eaten since your morning cup… » 5/09/14 2:50pm 5/09/14 2:50pm

Meet the Doodie, Who Has Nothing to Do With Poop

For a few glorious years, I lived with a roommate who loved to cook. Better than that, he also loved sharing what he made and — better still! — what he made was always delicious. As someone who likes to eat, but is terrible in the kitchen, I lived rather happily in this arrangement and was pretty devastated when it… » 5/08/14 4:10pm 5/08/14 4:10pm

Hey Star Wars -- Where the Hell Are the Women?

This morning we all delighted in the casting announcement for Star Wars VII. And then the reality set in: There is only one new female character being added to what is arguably the world's most beloved mythic series. It's as if 51 percent of the population cried out in pain, and was suddenly silenced. » 4/29/14 2:30pm 4/29/14 2:30pm

Let It Be (But Don't Let It Go, Because I Can't Hear That Again)

Recently, a friend asked me for some parenting advice (RAISE YOUR STANDARDS, PEOPLE) in regards to her young son, who will be attending a family wedding soon and wants to wear something "pretty and sparkly like his sisters." She knows my 6-year-old son is forever in a dress of some variety at my house, despite a… » 4/15/14 12:33pm 4/15/14 12:33pm

Do You Have Anything Against Men with High-Pitched Voices?

It's hard out there for a high-voiced guy, apparently. While it's never occurred to me to have a "type" when it came to the pitch of a potential partner's voice, it's certainly not surprising that higher-voiced men feel marginalized in the dating scene. The trappings of traditional masculinity and femininity are… » 3/31/14 6:45pm 3/31/14 6:45pm

Ladies: Here's 50 Things You MUST Know to Keep a Man

The first thing you should know is that according to a list published on Wall Street Insanity, men are fragile babies who can't stand to have their women disagree with them in public, gain weight or watch a chick flick without getting a blowie after. (I need you to know that writing blowie literally made me feel itchy… » 3/22/14 5:40pm 3/22/14 5:40pm

PLEASE Quit Reading Things That Explain What Guys 'Really' Mean

What do women really want? How do men really feel? If you've ever found yourself reading an article that attempts to "decipher" the "code" of male or female behavior, congratulations, you are grasping at straws (or hate-reading). I, too, have read approximately 14,000 bajillion of these pieces over the course of my… » 3/19/14 6:50pm 3/19/14 6:50pm

What Happens When Ads Are Recreated With Reversed Gender Roles?

Buzzfeed has just released this video recreating commercials you may have seen on your TV (or before YouTube videos; always before YouTube videos) in the past year. There's one twist, though. All of the commercials have had the gender roles switched. And they play side-by-side with the originals, offering a stark… » 3/15/14 5:18pm 3/15/14 5:18pm