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Why boys should play with dolls

No one is surprised about seeing dads with strollers anymore, yet biases with toys persist.

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Target will stop labeling toys for boys or girls. Good.

Yes, your daughter can play with blocks, and your son can play with dolls.

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“Slap her”: Fanpage.it video objectifies girls, exploits boys, and trivializes domestic violence

Fanpage.it’s video has been tugging at people’s heartstrings, but upon closer examination, the message isn’t so charming after all. Let’s take a closer look.

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“Is my son smart?” “Is my daughter skinny?” Google Searches Reveal Parents’ Gender Biases

According to a recent New York Times op-ed, “Google, Tell Me, Is My Son a Genius?”, parents’ Google search trends teach us a lot about parents’ biases towards their sons and daughters. Specifically, parents tend to search the internet for…

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Does the “War on Pink” need to stop for boys’ sakes? No, and here’s why.

In a recent blog post on Girl w/Pen, professors CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges—sociologists whose work focuses on masculinity—make a strange request of their fellow feminist scholars and activists. “Stop the war on pink,” their headline pleads; “let’s take a look…

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Unwanted Touching: Unacceptable at Any Age (Yes, Even Age 6)

In this week’s news, a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school. The reason? He had repeatedly kissed one of his classmates, despite her telling him to stop. The girl’s mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, noted that the boy’s behavior had been…

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School suspends teen boy for carrying purse. Why???

For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from…

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