Gender Roles

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

What Canadian Law Should Do To Prevent Predatory Marriages

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The requirements for the capacity to marry are quite low and, in particular, not as onerous as the level of capacity required to execute testamentary documents. Therefore, theoretically, someone who does not have the requisite capacity to execute a will can have the capacity to marry. In Ontario, marriage has the effect of revoking a will in most cases.

Please Don't Hyper-Sexualize Women To Market Cannabis

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

With all the rapid change around medical cannabis and talk about legalization efforts, it's important to note that these changes are not without challenge: women's disproportionate responsibility for dependent children intensifies the risk associated with smoking cannabis and being known as a cannabis user.

Don't Choose Toys For Your Kids Based on Stereotypical Gender Roles

masalamommas | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

I understand baby M's preference for her brothers' toys and enjoy watching her play with them. I was a tomboy as a child and I secretly like that she seems to be one as well. However, I think my expectations of seeing her playing quietly with what Toys "R" Us would deem "girl toys" is definitely changing

When You Tell Me I'm Not "Ladylike," What Do You Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

What does "ladylike" mean? Personally, the term leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. There's a difference between being "ladylike" and having manners. "Ladylike" represents a list of expectations of how a woman should be or what a woman should stand for. I'm sorry (not sorry), but screw that shit.

How I Taught My Little Girls It's Okay to Look Different

Sarah Deveau | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Deveau

I don't know how to teach my daughters that they have to follow arbitrary rules about their bodies, rules that will change based on current fashion, the people they socialize with, the media they consume. I don't know how to teach my daughters to sift through the shit that society decrees about their bodies.

Make Japan a Nation Where Women and Men Shine

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.

If You're Going Through Infertility, You're Not Alone

Erica Berman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Despite the fact that one in six couples in North America has difficulty conceiving, infertility is still something with a lot of stigma attached to it. Few people openly discuss their fertility struggles, and many people experience shame. As an infertility counsellor, I see many women whose identity, body image, and self-esteem erode as they struggle to conceive while, seemingly, everyone else gets pregnant with ease around them.

Dads, Want Your Daughters To Succeed? Pick Up A Broom

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Living

It may sound counterintuitive, but the more girls see their fathers helping out around the house with chores, the higher their aspirations become for ...

Canadian Women Are Still Doing Way More Housework Than Men

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living

We might be one of the top 20 countries in the world for mothers, and even one of the best countries in the world to be a woman, but when it comes to ...

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Why Does "Being a Man" Mean I Have To Be An Island?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

All this chest puffing, testosterone-infused machismo leads to the moulding of desensitized frightened men who have not only a difficult time expressing their emotions to their partners but also an almost insurmountable obstacle in building meaningful and supportive relationships with other men.

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

Where's the Justice in Calling a Lesbian a Man?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Anthony Morgan

Tomee Sojourner -- a Black, lesbian, management consultant with a clean-shaven hairdo -- has filed a complaint of judicial bias after she she was consistently referred to as a male throughout a Montreal Rental Board hearing. The importance of this case goes beyond its immediate legal issues.

Hand That Man a Mop, Sister: Boys and Girls Need Equal Chores

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

"Men with sisters appear to do less housework, even in middle age." According to a paper published in the Journal of Politics, decades of data have led to this conclusion. Does your daughter mow the lawn? Does your son set the table? Do you have "boy jobs" and "girl jobs" in your house?

Do Parents Spend More Time Teaching Boys Or Girls?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Living

If you're trying to keep up with the latest headlines on gender equality and parenting, it's hard to tell if Canada is really having a girl crisis, or...

The Week in Review: Boys, Girls, Bodies and Breasts

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, a number of our bloggers were moved to give spirited takes on what we're teaching kids -- and ourselves -- about gender and our bodies. The posts ranged from the oft overlooked destructive effect that "girl power" has on boys (written by a blogger whose young son likes pink skirts and serving tea), to the confusion that comes from a culture in which successful women deliver a message of female empowerment -- but do so "half-naked, through pouting lips while humping the ground or spreading their legs." Taken together, they offer a fascinating look at what feminism and sexuality mean to us today.

Is Dating a Cold, Careless Game?

Rachel Ryan | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Living
Rachel Ryan

There is a very prevalent hostility between the sexes, constantly reinforced by today's no-strings-attached dating game. No one has to commit. No one is responsible. Everyone is out for himself or herself. Everyone is on the defensive. So many options and no need to choose. Immediate gratification coupled with complete lack of empathy.

Change My Mind: Is the Modern Woman Too Picky?

JD Halperin | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Living
JD Halperin

Incredibly, there are no statistics on this. And yet women hear about this topic all the time -- and not just from their mothers. It's an anthem playing throughout our modern culture, along with all those girl empowerment, Beyonce-style pop songs. So HuffPost put the topic to two young single men, active on the dating frontier. In our latest "Change My Mind" debate, you the reader get to decide on the loser. Just be kind. Reject him nicely.

How I Will Tell My Daughters I Work in Porn

Erika Lust | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Lust

When people around me learn of my profession in pornography, they immediately start asking morbid questions. I'm used to this: Society has always tried to control our sexuality. But I'm not so much concerned with society. I'm more concerned with what I'll say when my daughters ask: "Mommy, what is your job?"

Pinkstinks, Don't Mess With My Princess

Erika Katz | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Style
Erika Katz

Pinkstinks can ban all the makeup and princesses they want. Girls will find a way to be girlie. And it's OK. Not everything has to be gender neutral. Our gender differences are wonderful and should be embraced.

Dolls For Girls, Trucks For Boys: What's Wrong With That?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Living

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has a motto in her household: the awkward conversation is way better than the silence. No, she isn't talking about that c...

Investing in Girls Is Good for Boys

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.24.2011 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

The word is spreading: investing in girls is the catalyst poor countries need to break the cycle of poverty. But what about the boys? In our focus on girls, are we leaving the boys behind -- making them the new disadvantaged group?

A Failed Woman Out of the Kitchen: Why I Don't Cook

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Jowita Bydlowska

I'm not a bad cook or anything, I'm just not a cook. I don't make pies, cupcakes, pickles, jams, banana bread or even cookies from a mix. If you make me a pie, I will not make you one in return and we will never, ever exchange recipes for anything.

Lessons in the Storm Over One Toronto Baby

David Ropeik | Posted 07.31.2011 | Canada
David Ropeik

There was once a young couple committed to raising their daughter in gender-neutral ways. But in an instant, her "GIRL!" gene grew frustrated and declared that no careful control over her wardrobe, TV, or anything was going to change that.