gender roles

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

Sam Puett18 days ago
Sunscreen Enables the Patriarchy
My brothers were rarely asked to wash the dishes, or cook dinner, or tend to the garden. I thought about this as I pulled up weeds in the flower bed next to Momma, my pink gloves covered in dirt. Whin...
Brandi Payne20 days ago
Occasionally Confused by My Gender
I once asked my aunt one day if I was really born a female because there are times I just don’t feel like one. My body size and shape has made me feel this way before because I don’t have the shapely ...
Nikki Ziehl22 days ago
Redefining the Male and Female Gaze
The “male gaze” is a theory that was first introduced by Laura Mulvey in her essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” In short, it describes the act of depicting women in a patriarchal perspecti...
Consenticles Gone Wild
After seven or eight drinks too many my friend is on the table. She isn't sober enough to dance, but she crawls across toward me. She's half-flashing most of the bar, but it is a quiet night, and mayb...
Jamie Stokes2 months ago
Girls Who Rival Girls
So, what's the deal with girls trying to rival other girls? I don't mean that question to be entirely rhetorical, I'm genuinely curious. I've never understood the whole "I don't like you, so I'm going...
Robyn Russo3 months ago
Sexist or Awareness?
Recently, acclaimed author Lauren Groff refused to answer the work/life balance question in an interview with the Harvard Gazette. Alexandra King, with CNN, responded with an op-ed on why she believes...
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Turtle Lover3 months ago
Dear Men, Please Stop!
Dear Men, this is a way for me to politely make you aware and ask you to stop what your doing for a minute; put yourself in mine and the million other girls' shoes and think about how you would feel a...
Laurel Kiernan4 months ago
The Virginal Good Girl and the Whore
Throughout history, popular culture in its many forms, from myths, visual art, film and television, has been a means through which society is able to create, circulate and reinforce its ideals and val...
Laurel Kiernan4 months ago
Women and Their Unique World
Many feminists argue that women have a unique way of seeing the world. The question then becomes: is their unique way of seeing based on some essential characteristic of womanhood, or is their sight b...
Katie Pevreall4 months ago
"Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos"
Under the name The Transformed Wife Lori Alexander wishes to teach women how to be good Christian wives. According to her blog, after 23 years of unhappy marriage to her husband, she finally found how...
Alyson Weaver4 months 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 Slyter4 months 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 Delk4 months 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...
Nathania Castillo4 months ago
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 McKown5 months 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 Lopez5 months 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 Smith5 months 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 Markovic5 months 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...