New Documentary Explores the Pressures of Male Gender Stereotypes

The terrifyingly intelligent and beautiful Jennifer Siebel Newsom has launched a project (on Kickstarter, duh) to fund her documentary about the pressures of masculinity on boys today. The film, titled "The Mask You Live In," examines how societal standards of boys and men being emotionally unattached, among other… » 7/11/13 4:45pm 7/11/13 4:45pm

The Lion in the Geico Commercial Ought to Be a Lioness

In her classic article, Teddy Bear Patriarchy, Donna Haraway examined the arrangement of the taxidermied animals in the American Museum of Natural History mammal hall in the first half of the 1900s. She observed that the dioramas consistently featured nuclear families with strong fathers alert for dangers and… » 1/02/13 4:35pm 1/02/13 4:35pm

Shockingly, Undeserved Praise Improves Men’s Navigation Skills

Science, as it is wont to do sometimes, has landed like an innocent little butterfly on the shoulders of a pretty dismal finding: appealing to certain gender stereotypes can be just as confidence-boosting for men as it is confidence-sapping for women, even and especially when those stereotypes have no basis in truth.… » 9/12/12 3:50pm 9/12/12 3:50pm

A Ten-Year-Old's Rant To "Boys Around The World"

Reader Becky Sayers writes, "I found this on 10 yr old [daughter] Eliza's bulletin board this morning in her room— when I asked her about it, she said it was an "editorial" she wrote last night after looking at the miniboden children's clothing catalog." With permission from both mother and daughter, we happily share… » 4/21/11 2:48pm 4/21/11 2:48pm

How Toy Ad Vocabulary Reinforces Gender Stereotypes

I've always wanted to do a "mash-up" of the words used in commercials for so-called boys' toys. I did a little bit of this in my book, but now, thanks to Wordle, I can present my findings in graphic form. This is not an exhaustive record; it's really just a starting point, but the results certainly are interesting. » 4/12/11 2:00pm 4/12/11 2:00pm

Britain: Making It Easier For Women To Stay Home, And Reinforcing The…

As if there hasn't been quite enough said about the work-life choices women get to make, Nicola Brewer, the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in Great Britain, ignited a debate about maternity leave and its effect on women's careers this weekend that has landed her in a spot of hot water. Recently,… » 7/15/08 4:00pm 7/15/08 4:00pm