Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices

Last month, National Geographic declared, with the help of an exploitive picture of a pink-clad transgender child, that America is in the midst of a gender revolution. Everything, it seems, is now being looked at through the lens of gender, including our choices about what to eat. According to a recent article in the Washington … Continued

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If Women are Better Doctors, Aren’t Men Better Firefighters?

Men and women are made differently and possess different skills and attributes. This is one of those statements that used to be uncontroversial and incontrovertible, but in the last few years become politically incorrect to utter. Female applicants to the New York City Fire Department are held to a different standard than men in the … Continued

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Are Men Becoming the Weaker Sex?

My dad was pretty proud when he sent a mass email to all my siblings about a recent study that shows that Millennial men today are physically weaker than their dads. While I don’t know if this study pertains to my three athletic brothers (one of which is a nationally ranked junior racquetball player), it … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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