Boo-Hoo: Some Men Are Afraid Of "Bossy" Women

We spend a lot of time here discussing the state of Womanity, but what about the disenfranchised men we're furiously displacing with our quest for equality? According to a survey commissioned by a British men's TV network called DMAX (home to such fare as Mega Mutt and Star Munchies), the majority of British men say… » 3/26/08 12:30pm 3/26/08 12:30pm

Short men get jealous. Or so says a study out of the Universities of Groningen and Valencia, which also alleges that men feel threatened by other men whom they perceive as being "attractive, rich, and strong," whereas women are threatened by other women they believe have more beauty and "charm." [News.com.au] » 3/12/08 1:45pm 3/12/08 1:45pm

International Women's Day Gets Little International Love

What did you do for International Women's Day on Saturday? According to Carolyn Byerly of WIMN's Voices, you probably did nothing, since IWD was so roundly ignored by the media this year. "My own hometown newspaper Washington Post had not a single op-ed piece today, nor national or local news," laments Byerly. "IWD… » 3/10/08 9:30am 3/10/08 9:30am

Want your daughter to do better in school? Tell her to work out! The CDC reports that attendance in phys. ed. classes might be related to higher academic achievement for elementary-age school girls. (Oddly, no such correlation was found for boys.) But not all girls are lucky enough to even get the chance to take P.E.… » 3/06/08 2:45pm 3/06/08 2:45pm

Gender Trouble

Do you use the increasingly omnipresent "he or she" in lieu of the more common (more traditional? more misogynist? more simple?) "he" when writing? David Gelertner of the American Enterprise Institute has some major beef with you: He insists that those who use words like"chairperson" and "firefighter" instead of… » 2/27/08 5:45pm 2/27/08 5:45pm

Researchers following a group of 40 to 60-year olds in Helsinki, Finland, report that women take almost 50% more short-term sick leave than men, probably because women are often better at recognizing symptoms, self-diagnosing, and taking the initiative to see a doctor if they think they are falling ill. And speaking… » 2/05/08 2:45pm 2/05/08 2:45pm

Is A Boy's Name Best On A Girl?

Having the name Jennifer led to a lot grade school confusion (the teacher would say "Jennifer" and a quarter of the class would reply), but at least everyone assumes you are a girl. Generations to come will deal with the emerging trend of girls getting boy names, claims The New York Times. Names that were historically… » 10/30/07 4:00pm 10/30/07 4:00pm