Kids and Scientists: Media Stereotypes and Gender-bias

With all the talk of sex discrimination in science, I found this post over on Restructure to be an interesting one. It shows kids drawings of what they think a "scientist" looks like before and after a visit to Fermilab. Before the visit, scientists looked a lot like this:...more

Girls Can't Be Girls: Canadian Women's Hockey Team Knocked for Drinking, Smoking on Ice

I love it that the Canadian women's hockey team celebrated their third straight Olympic gold win in the same way they scored it:  boldly, fiercely, with strength and camaraderie.  I hate it that they are getting grief for it. I hate it that they (or Hockey Canada, at least) felt they had to apologize. ...more

Yup-Bang on! You said it very well indeed.


Objective Science Is Gender-Biased

The week before Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to meet author and history professor Julie Des Jardins for a cup of tea to discuss her forthcoming book, The Madame Curie Complex. (The name - and picture - might seem familiar to BlogHer members. That's right: Julie is the sister of awesome BlogHer co-founder Jory Des Jardins. ...more

"We coud probably cure cataloging people purely on basis of what reproductive organs they ...more

Gender Differences: Socially Conditioned and Reinforced through the Media

Sharon Begley is my hero. Begley is a senior editor and science writer at Newsweek magazine. In column after column, she debunks junk evolutionary psychology "science" and other theories that insist that gender differences are 100% hard wired. Back in June 2009, Begley wrote "Why Do We Rape, Kill and Sleep Around?," which thoroughly trashed an evolutionary psychology theory that it is in human (male) genes to rape because 100,000 years ago: ...more
Glosswitch BBCr4today apparently not. They are now hailing this as the first time such data has ...more

On Healthcare, Older Women in Tightest Bind

by Chris Lombardi It's been a summer of shouting about health care, and health insurance. Now, with President Obama about to address the issue to a joint session of Congress, some new studies — one by a nonprofit think tank, one from the federal Department of Health and Human Services — suggest that for older women, the outcome of all this debate matters more than most. ...more

The Gender Bias in Statutory Rape

Near the end of the school year, a 38 year old teacher was arrested in the suburbs of Chicago, charged with having sex with a former student (who is 16 years old). In addition to the inappropriate sexual relationship, the teacher also supposedly supplied marijuana to the gang in which the student belonged, and possibly even joined the gang. After the arrest, the teacher was allowed to return to the home in which the teacher's spouse and two young daughters resided. ...more
@Lauren8806 I guess there would be statutory rape defined in a legal sense and then moral rape ...more

Facebook's Double Standard

Oh, the irony. Just as I’m ready to say that gender bias is dead on social networks like Twitter and Friendfeed, Facebook proves me wrong. Sadly, it is still alive and well there. First, Facebook bans breastfeeding photos, claiming they are obscene. Facebook’s official position is this: ...more

Under Sarah's Spell

Are there any Republicans out there who aren’t buying the Sarah Palin package?  If I concede that her personal life and choices are none of mine or anybody else’s business, if I admit to her detractors' ignorance and arrogance in firing personal shots against her family and her values and if I even confess that there is some morning after regret that the Democratic party did not choose Hillary when they had the chance, nor did the nominee choose her as ...more

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Phoenix Country Club Gets its Due

When I was a young mother (before Mommy blogging) I belonged to Phoenix Country Club. Well, I didn't, but my husband did and I got to go along for the ride. ...more

Do you really think that in this entire country Phoenix Country Club is the only club that ...more

Leadership and The Mother Goose Factor

One of the sidebar benefits of having Hillary Clinton performing so well in the democratic polls is that its forcing the pundits to examine what it would really be like to have a woman leading this country. ...more

And sometimes I feel the biggest hurdle is with women ourselves. Morra, I was so disheartened ...more