Gender Roles

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

Erica Berman | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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.