gender roles

A look at the evolution of gender roles, from Leave It to Beaver, paternity leave, female breadwinners and more.

Alyson Weaver15 hours ago
Independence Should Not Equal Insecurities
We are all aware that in the past, women typically stayed home, took care of the kids, cleaned, cooked, etc. Even today, many women still take on this role. While there is absolutely nothing wrong wit...
Abby Slyter11 days ago
Things I Want to Tell My Daughter
In all of my high school experience, I don't remember a single day passing in which I didn't feel challenged over being heard or acknowledged. I don't remember a single week going by where I felt trea...
Caroline Delk12 days ago
Being Female: My Experiences with Sexism
The first time I experienced sexism was when I was in the seventh grade. I overheard a conversation between my male teacher and one of the male students in my class. I don’t remember his name, so I’ll...
The Fight for Equality
I have always loved the way my first few years went by. There was no difference between what a girl and a boy were. We’d play, eat, and laugh together. We would never think it wasn’t okay to be togeth...
Rayelle McKown25 days ago
The Breadwinner: Modern Day Social Constructs
Over the past century, a woman’s role in American society has changed dramatically. Most people don’t even bat an eye anymore if a woman wants to go to school, have a career, and maybe, just maybe, no...
Lois Lopeza month ago
A Woman's Worth
It used to be that a woman's worth lied in her virginity, her purity; what men believed her to be. Growing up, that was all I ever heard. Don't date, don't be easy, a good man won't want to marry you ...
Roxanne Smitha month ago
How I Survived My Past
At the ripe age of 20, I among many others have experienced what life is like after being raped. I was around the age of 4 or 5 (I was young, and it's hard to remember exact ages). I was introduced to...
Milica Markovica month ago
Gendered Violence
The term gendered violence encompasses verbal and physical forms of abuse inflicted by an individual involved in a given partnership or power dynamic with another, in order to perpetuate systemic gend...
Jade Fitzgeralda month ago
Beyond the Scales
The princess curled herself up in a ball, doing her best to ignore the chains which shackled her wrists as she tried to get comfortable on her bed. She was acutely aware that her fever was getting dan...
Vicky Babczyka month ago
'Girls Mature Faster'—Is This a Fact or Simply an Excuse to Treat Girls More Harshly?
Not so long ago, I was aimlessly scrolling through the news and I came across an article describing a controversial video that had gone viral. It consisted of Vladimir Putin’s top pilot team dancing a...
Kiara Williamsona month ago
Masculine Femininity
Since the beginning of time, men have been institutionalised to believe that they cannot express any emotion or signs of weakness due to fear of appearing "feminine." Within the forever growing femini...
Desperately Seeking Mary Wollestonecraft
Attendant Worries Over Letting Go On the day that I, a single dad, dropped off my daughter on her first day of preschool, I was close to tears. It takes a lot. Now she is 16, and I had just watched he...
Nancy D2 months ago
15 Things You Are Sick of Hearing When You Don't Want Kids
I'm pretty confident I don't want kids. I have a hard enough time taking care of myself ... so I can't imagine trying to take care of another life on top of that. I might consider adoption or being a ...
I Don’t Want to Be Your Superwoman
It’s a bittersweet thing to be seen by others as Superwoman. Although at first glance it may seem like a compliment, after earning my Superwoman title I’ve realized that it ain’t all good. In fact, I’...
Xowie Cole2 months ago
Me Too. Still
Let's talk about men. Not all men (get it? It's funny because it's not funny), but definitely a significant number of them. How did a movement that is about empowering women get hijacked by men with v...
Kristina Tingler2 months ago
Motherhood on My Time
I received a text message from my mom this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, that my cousin was pregnant and to call her. I thought it was an innocent thing to inform me that we’re welcoming a new baby into ...
Maya Conroy2 months ago
Feminism
Emotions, aka feelings, are felt by everybody. They are specific reactions to an event or as a response to something that happens and are usually experienced as fear, hate, love, happiness, or envy. B...
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Shannon Courtney3 months ago
Fictional Characters I Admire
Like most of my generation, I grew up watching TV. There are probably hundreds of studies that tell you watching too much TV is bad for you, they're most likely right. However, I learned a LOT about l...