International Day of the Girl Child

Tomorrow, October 11, is International Day of the Girl Child, a day the UN has chosen to draw awareness to girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This year's theme is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence which ties in with the UN's campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women which aims to raise public awareness and work towards preventing and ending violence against women an girl...more

Sorry (Doesn’t) Seem to Be the Hardest Word

Though saying he was sorry was evidently hard for Elton John, and perhaps for other men, too, research has found that apologizing might be much easier for women. Not only do women typically apologize when it is appropriate, they often say “I’m sorry” when it isn’t.Of course, apologizing is often the responsible thing to do, and doing so can have many positive effects. But when apologies are overused, the negative consequences can outweigh the positive.Why Women Apologize More...more

Do Women Abdicate Their Power on Wall Street?

We often talk about how women handle power differently than men in everyday corporate settings. What about in the biggest financial setting in the world - Wall Street? Do women handle themselves differently than men? Or, are they equally powerful in the epicenter of financial power? Katie Kelley interviews The Wall Street Coach in this post. ...more
I think the key phrase here is learning to 'live with the discomfort' and not immediately ...more

Men Throwing "Like a Girl": Separating Nature from Nurture

One of the few genuinely large observed differences between men and women involves throwing ability.  Men, on average, are much stronger throwers than women.  Hence the phrase "throws like a girl."...more

She's a Woman if you Know What I Mean

I grew up with pretty defined roles of what a woman should be and I was never able to conform to ...more

Chasing Storm: Identity is Important - Part II

At this point, what haven't we heard about four-month-old sexless Storm? From the minute the story hit the papers, we've been hit by opinion after opinion, pretty much split 50/50 support versus criticism.Let's start with me. My twins are my daughters because that is physically what they are. There is no question that biologically they have been born girls. They are XX. That is what they are....more

Feminism - You're Doing it Wrong

"The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance....more

I think you just summed up sentiments! Women still have a long way to go. Just this past week ...more

When Superman Wants A Fairy Wand

Our son is sweet and funny and charming. He is currently obsessed with dressing like his soccer coach, builds jails for his dinosaurs and is often, as I once saw a boy described, "noise with some dirt on it". I don't quite know where this boy came from because as recently as 3 months ago he threw a tantrum over the fact that he did not receive "Fancy Nancy" dress up clothes like his twin sister did at birthday time. Poor boy....more

This parenting gig presents us with challenges we never thought we'd face and shows us things ...more

Beauty

If I don’t believe in flattering my subjects, it’s because I don’t believe that today’s ideals of beauty are beautiful.I portray my sitters as they are, full of the beautiful dynamism of a living breathing person....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