One Small Step for 'The Last of Us,' One Big Step for Gender Equality

Turns out video games are pretty close t0 ye olde Disney movies, where a female character often needs to be saved by a man. But in a new game called The Last of Us, lead female character Ellie is saving herself. User interface designer Alexandria Neonakis, who works for Naughty Dog, the company that created The Last of … » 12/31/13 5:00pm 12/31/13 5:00pm

This Holiday Gender-Swap Video Is Priceless

Check out this gender role-swap video from the comedic team The Flip Side — comedians take the usual roles of men and women during the holidays and, er, flip them in situations like tree buying, attending a party, celebrating a new engagement and present swapping. Guys on friend's new engagement: "How did it happen,… » 12/20/13 6:45pm 12/20/13 6:45pm

Toys R Us UK Commits to Phasing Out 'Girl Toys' and 'Boy Toys'

Well, this is lovely news! The UK branch of Toys R Us has announced that they're partnering up with Let Toys Be Toys, an organization devoted to eliminating the arbitrary divide between "boys' toys" and "girls' toys." As a former girl-child who spent countless hours creating elaborate cavalry formations involving G.I. Joes … » 9/06/13 5:40pm 9/06/13 5:40pm

'Rent-a-Wife' Service Lets You Rent a Woman to Do Your Chores

"What is a 'rent-a-wife?'" you may wonder upon reading about the service. "Is it a prostitute who kisses on the mouth and attends family functions?" No, dear reader, it is not. Rent-a-Wife is an L.A.-based business that lets you rent a "wife" to take care of various chores for you. It's a good idea — but, seriously, why does … » 8/30/13 6:30pm 8/30/13 6:30pm

At StrideRite, Girls Are Pretty and Boys Are Powerful

This just in: being a child and taking steps to propel you from one area to another is a gendered act. Boys walk; girls sparkle and twirl and make princess wishes. Boys also crouch and pretend to shoot webs out of their hands, because that sort of thing is fun when you are a boy. (The only time that girls crouch is… » 8/22/13 5:40pm 8/22/13 5:40pm

Goth Barbie Celebrates ‘Freaky Flaws' by Looking Like Regular Barbie

Back in the days of yore (2010), toy giant Mattell lumbered into its laboratory and came out with an atypical line of dolls that's since been affectionately nicknamed "Goth Barbies." That term isn't exactly right — in reality, the brand is a bit different. The toy line is called Monster High, and it's set in a fictional… » 7/17/13 12:46pm 7/17/13 12:46pm

How to Be Good at Math as a Woman: Pretend You're Someone Else

Do you know how, in the education system, everyone is always saying that women are terrible at math and then if you make a math mistake when you're called up to the board everyone's like, "THAT'S IT; GET YOUR UTERUS OUT OF HERE; SWING THOSE CHILD-BEARING HIPS OFF TO A HUMANITIES LESSON." No? Well, ok, it happens all the… » 7/04/13 12:30pm 7/04/13 12:30pm

Women are Closing the ‘Infidelity Gap.' What Gap Will We Close Next?

Gather around, fellow feminists, because I have exciting news: we've done it at long last! We've begun to close that infamous gap between men and women — you know the one — that yawning gulf of inequality that insidiously reinforces patriarchy. You know what I'm talking about, ladies. That's right, we're finally » 7/03/13 5:20pm 7/03/13 5:20pm

Why Are Women DIY Entrepreneurs Called 'Hobbyists'?

Much has been written about the so-called "new domesticity," the surge in interest in things like canning, pickling, cooking, bread-baking, sewing, knitting, and gardening, which — at least if one were to judge by the pages of Etsy.com, the "crafts" category on Pinterest, or the stalls of your local hipster market —… » 5/08/13 1:20pm 5/08/13 1:20pm

Gabrielle Reece, Wife of He-Man Surfer Laird Hamilton, Says Being…

Gabrielle Reece, former volleyball luminary and wife of surf Olympian Laird “Anatomically Correct” Hamilton, appeared on the Today show on Friday to promote her new book and talk about the virtues of being a “submissive” spouse, because the best way to cultivate a healthy, modern relationship is to return to the… » 4/14/13 2:00pm 4/14/13 2:00pm

Tyler Perry Isn't Just an Artless Hack, He's a Scary Ideologue

There are a lot of things to laugh at in Tyler Perry's Temptation: Kim Kardashian's attempts to move and talk at the same time, Vanessa Williams's fake French accent for no reason (hoh-hoh-hohhh!), the alien dialogue, the blunt-force moralizing, the sheer ineptitude of Perry's filmmaking. (Worth noting: None of Perry's … » 4/03/13 6:06pm 4/03/13 6:06pm

LOL: Fox News Accidentally Uses Photo of Gay Couple To Illustrate…

Another day, another heteronormative "family values"-promoting Susanne Venker piece on Fox News about these crazy Modern Independent Women with their shoulder pads and their college degrees who let feminists delude them into thinking that they're anything besides a dude's Happy Sauce receptacle. ("Those of us with… » 2/09/13 1:21pm 2/09/13 1:21pm

More Women Are Getting into the Home Repair Game

Wuh-oh, it looks like we broads, once again, are failing to contain ourselves to our designated lady fields (cooking, cleaning, poisoning our husbands) and have begun picking up basic round-the-house repair skills like plumbing, tiling and electrical work. Look out, motherfuckers, because this gender war is on. Or at… » 12/19/12 12:40pm 12/19/12 12:40pm

What Happens When You Remove All of the Women From a Small Town?

The Week The Women Went, a "social experiment" — in which all of the women are removed from a small town, and a camera crew films the results — has been done for CBC Television in Canada and for the BBC Three. Now, Americans can find out what happens when ladies leave, men stop being polite… and start getting real. Or… » 7/27/12 2:30pm 7/27/12 2:30pm

Husbands Who Earn Less than Wives Are Content So Long As They Have…

Income inequality among married couples can lead to competitive, alarm-clock sabotaging grudges, or at least that's how such inequality would be portrayed in a comedy about a working couple in which one partner dramatically outearns the other. In reality, according to Susan Gregory Thomas' Wall Street Journal article » 7/22/12 12:00pm 7/22/12 12:00pm

That Condescending Feeling You Get From Dudes in the Office? Yeah,…

It is written: If you want to fight a battle on the internet—like, say, "sexism is bad"—no matter how many times that battle has been fought before, you're going to have to spend a few million preliminary hours bashing your head against faux-incredulous gaslighting morons. "How can I be sexist when I love my mom?" "How can… » 6/06/12 6:00pm 6/06/12 6:00pm