gender roles

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

Rayelle McKown7 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 Lopez7 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 Smith7 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 Markovic7 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...
Jade Fitzgerald7 months 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 Babczyk7 months 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 Williamson7 months 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...
Hugh MacGillivray7 months ago
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 D8 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’...
Stripes Joplin8 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 Tingler8 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 Conroy8 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 Courtney9 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...
Ben Kharakh9 months ago
Things Boys Learn by Age 5 That Perpetuate Rape Culture
Through a combination of parenting and unconscious indoctrination, there are many things boys learn by age 5 that perpetuate rape culture. And if you find the term "rape culture" to be too much, ask y...
M Krizan9 months ago
A Small Box
If you grow up in a female body, this is what society will tell you: you are fragile, weak, and inferior. You should wear pink: dresses, bows, ruffles, and sparkles from head to toe, and you should ne...
Yelhsa S10 months ago
Blake
Seeing Through Our Eyes
Chica Reyass10 months ago
Things Women Are Expected to Do at Work But Shouldn't
Women are supposed to have perfect make up at the office, impeccable job wear, work full time, and stay at home to have children. If men had to do the things women are expected to do, this whole count...