Is There a Right Way to be a Boy?

The Huffington Post recently posted a photo series from a project called #ABoyCanToo, portraits of boys who pursue interests traditionally associated with girls. The article, titled, “13 Empowering Photos Show There’s No ‘Right’ Way to Be a Boy,” praises the project for “shining a light on kids who don’t let gender norms prevent them from … Continued

Politics

Why College Students Can’t Tell the Difference Between Boys and Girls

Most videos that string together clips of people struggling to answer what should be easy questions are meant to make us laugh. And certainly, this new video from the Family Policy Institute showing college students stumbling to answer the question, “Is there a difference between men and women?” is good for a chuckle. Yet there … Continued

Culture

Hollywood’s Silly Infatuation with Girl Power

The hulking actor Chris Hemsworth, known to filmgoers as the God of Thunder, has met his match. The actor’s newest movie, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, pits him against an ice queen (Emily Blunt) and her equally scary sister (Charlize Theron). They’re tough ladies, no doubt, what with those superhuman powers aided by CGI trickery. And … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies, Television

Behold: Pinterest Man (and the Death of Masculinity)

Listen up, people! I’m pretty sure that I already explained why co-ed baby showers are not as “totally awesome” as your hipster sister-in-law from Nashville (or Seattle, Brooklyn, etc.) would have you believe. And yet it seems that this unfortunate cultural phenomenon persists. What gives? From Mashable.com: Some dads-to-be feel alienated or left out of … Continued

Culture

Time Poverty—The Feminist Obsession with Domesticity

Over the years, my husband and I have divided the domestic duties. I’m not sure it comes out perfectly even, but it seems to work. I cook, take care of the kids during the day and do most of the cleaning, while my husband handles laundry, fixing things around the house, and at night, he … Continued

Culture

Do We Need More Female Film Critics?

As if the world were not infused with enough sorrow and woe, here’s one more thing to worry about: Not enough film critics are women. Operating on the apparent theory that America will not be a just place until every conceivable subgroup, not matter how small, is similar in its demographic breakdown to that of … Continued

Culture

The Vacuous, Tiresome Girl Power Movement

It’s hard not to smile when watching adorable little girls dancing, laughing, and celebrating as messages of empowerment are interwoven with engaging music. A new Goldieblox video does this swimmingly in its three-minute spot featuring beautiful little girls mimicking their role models and holding signs with hashtags like #ILookLikeAnEntrepreneur. The video is meant to challenge … Continued

Culture, Politics

Glitter Beards and the Death of Masculinity

  Ladies, lock your doors. Mothers, close your craft closets. Girls, guard your scrapbooks. Everyone, avoid Hobby Lobby and preschools—the men are coming, and they’re coming for your glitter. For some unknown reason, grown men all over America are stuffing their bearded faces into heaps of sparkly glitter, snapping selfies, and trying to convince themselves, … Continued

Culture, Fashion, Politics

Meghan Trainor’s Twisted Ideas about Love and Marriage

Meghan Trainor wants a husband. In her new hit song “Dear Future Husband,” the 21-year-old pop star lays out what she’s looking for in a man and in a marriage. But beneath the song’s innocent, bubblegum beat is a surprisingly twisted version of love and romance. The song has already set off a firestorm of … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Do Women Really Want Girly Men?

If you want to know what women want, you may need to spend an hour watching the hit television series, Dancing with the Stars. There may be no other show ever created that is so beloved by women, and yet so despised by men. The competitive reality show features sort-of famous stars paired up with … Continued

Entertainment, Television