Gender Stereotypes

WATCH: It's Time To Tell Every Woman You Know She Runs Like A Girl

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living

Of the many, many, many confounding messages young girls receive growing up, being told they're do something "like a girl" should be the last of their...

What's Wrong With Giving Dad Flowers on Father's Day?

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

If mums get flowers on Mother's Day, why wouldn't dads get flowers on Father's Day? I mean, how many golf clubs can a man own? Does he really need another pheumonic nailer? How about something that will make him smile and lift his spirits instead?

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

My Daughter Can Be A Princess If She Wants To

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

Here's what I have to say for those who worry their daughters might turn into princesses, as in helpless silly females who value the superficial only and have no problem-solving skills. Just don't be a princess yourself. Be assertive. Gain control over your emotions. Display strength and courage and resilience. Don't read women's magazines.

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.

Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.

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.

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...

#ReasonsIFailAtBeingAGirl Tells Us Exactly What Women Think Of Their Stereotypes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living

Now what, if anything, would you start listing if someone asked you why you were not an average woman? Today on Twitter, #ReasonsIFailAtBeingAGirl...

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?"

Sexism Skating on Thin Ice

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada
Jarrah Hodge

The World Championships of figure skating start on Wednesday, but figure skating's gender roles are running far behind the times. Women skaters were forced to wear skirts in competition until recently, and the women's long program is thirty seconds shorter than the men's, which has real implications in terms of the scoring.

Different Personalities: Men And Women Not As Alike, Study Suggests

CBC | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada Living

Men and women are more different in their personalities than commonly believed, new research suggests. Scientists at the University of Turin and th...

Walk of Shame for Men? There Is None.

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.13.2012 | Canada Living
Corinna Clendenen

Attitudes run the gamut on pre-marital sex, but whatever the view, shouldn't "walks of shame" apply to both parties? Historically, there has been some justification for the double standard. Men can have as much sex as they want and, if they make a quick enough exit, not have to shoulder the responsibility of a child. Not so for women.

Do Edgy Heart and Stroke Foundation Ads Go Too Far?

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Living
Jarrah Hodge

When you're a non-profit trying to raise awareness of a major health issue, it makes sense to think outside the box. That's the approach the Heart and Stroke Foundation has taken in its new "Make Death Wait" ad campaign. But to me the disembodied male voice sounded like a stalker.

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?