Gender Roles

Gender-Neutral Clothing Is The Start Of Better Sex Education

Rachel Bell | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

'Gender-neutral' simply means stereotype-free, and starting with clothes labels is a step in the right direction to expressing full humanity, academic potential and healthy relationships

The News Of Genderless Childrenswear Should Be Unifying Not Divisive News

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Stipulating what is appropriate to wear according to your sex is the 'norm'. It's been that way for one hell of a long time, too. After generations of kids being herded into a gender mould, John Lewis has become the first British store to let them choose whatever they like for themselves.

'Shall I Get You One Of Those In Blue?' How We Limit Our Children When We Label Their Gender

James Millar | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
James Millar

No parent would knowingly sign up to put barriers in the way of their children's ambition or outlook. And yet we all (ourselves included) do it every day. Whether it's the assumption that girls will want to go to ballet class and boys will like football.

It's Doctor, Actually

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

During medical school, this was a frequent occurrence. Once qualified, donning the stethoscope made my doctor status apparent. I lost this however as soon as I got married, and with my vows I seemed to bequeath my title to my husband.

The Big Escape: When Isolation Became The Ultimate Liberation Of My 'Gender Duty'

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Sanabria

Traditionally, according to gender, we are born with certain "unofficial" obligations that may change, of course, from one society to another. Social ...

Some Women Are From Mars. Some Men Are From Venus

Mairi Macleod | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

They had a couple of the little people on the red sofa, and I have to say, I totally fell in love with feisty little Eva. The 5-year-old totally nailed the whole male-female difference issue; one that social commentators and academics have been fighting about for years.

Being A Man Starts With Challenging Gender Stereotypes Age Three

Rachel Bell | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

bmm banner.jpg Pro-actively challenging limiting gender stereotypes through parenting and education from pre-school will help boys survive the limiting norms of masculinity that they're under immense pressure to conform to. Norms that stifle their expression, exploration and stamp out their rich and varied humanity.

Beyond the Chimpanzee

Pam Jarvis | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

So the presidential election is now turning into a spectator sport for non-Americans, waiting for the next revelation to emerge from the Trump campaig...

Parents Share Experiences Of Gender Stereotyping As Sophie Ellis-Bextor Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has inspired parents to share their experiences of negative gender stereotyping after posting a photograph of her son Ray. ...

Sex Does Not Define How Well a Role Is Played or a Story Told - We Need More Gender Neutral Casting

Anna Martine | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Anna Martine

My hope is that the future of theatre is emancipated from these limitations, that gender stops being used to define who we are or what we are capable of. In our lives we empathise and connect on a human level, beyond race class age and gender - shouldn't the arts reflect that too?

Women in Charge - Seeing is Believing

Katherine Press | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Katherine Press

We're living in interesting times, to say the least. On one hand you wouldn't be blamed for screaming in a panicked manner about the madness everywhere. On the other, if you're like me, you're quietly excited about the genders of our leading politicians.

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

Bringing Up Boys: Five Tips Off the Top of My Head

Rachel Bell | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

Bringing Up Boys is the subject of a debate at Cheltenham Festival this Thursday 9 June and the brilliant campaigning organisation Let Toys Be Toys are on the panel. They asked their Twitter followers what is important about raising boys so, as a mother of two primary age boys and a campaigner on Challenging Gender Stereotypes, here's what I chimed in with.

The Rules Have Changed: Gender Roles in Modern Society

Kathrine Bejanyan | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathrine Bejanyan

At the heart of most relationship problems nowadays is unclear expectations and contradictory roles or goals between partners. Modern couples are plagued with a whole set of new problems - where to live if each partner's job is in a different location?

Gender Free World? Gender Is Irrelevant

Lisa Honan | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Honan

Our stance on gender is that your gender is irrelevant. Your sex should not define your choices, how you are perceived by others and who you are as a person - in other words your biology and subsequent gender assumptions, should not pigeon hole you.

Little Boy Blue? Not on My Watch

Jennifer Evans | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

Having had the annual winter - spring time head cold this week I have found myself subject to far more daytime television than normal. In between one ...

The Smith Kids Are Way Beyond Any Wasted Hate You Throw at Them

Kate Holliday | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Jaden and Willow Smith continue to stand out and challenge societal norms, refusing to join a long line of child star clones that the entertainment industry has churned out.

Radical Acts of Equality

Karen Woodall | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK
Karen Woodall

I observed a young Asian man, no more than about eighteen, arrive with a tiny baby. The baby was crying loudly and clearly needed feeding and as I watched the young man struggling with the bib and the bottle, I became suddenly aware of an absolute air of tension in the cafe.

My Husband Does Everything!

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Annie Vasconcelos

It's not fair that he gets branded as being lazy, messy and childish just because he has dangly bits, when he is none of these things. In fact he is the complete opposite. Without him being the cleaner, the caregiver, the accountant, the shopper, the handyman, the daddy or the lover our household would fall down in a crumbling mess.

Why Changing Gender Roles Mean the 21st Century Is the Best Time to Be a Man

Tom Brake | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

In a time where traditional gender roles are becoming more fluid, both men and women are feeling less restricted, where workloads are shared, and both sexes are respected, I can think of no better time to be a man.

The Reason Why Men Are Less Likely to Talk

Liam Hackett | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Hackett

What it means to be masculine is a topic of much debate and is something that has changed throughout the decades. We consistently find that young people are restricted by gender stereotypes...

Three Everyday Ways Privileged People Can Help Equality

Eamonn Crowe | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eamonn Crowe

Being privileged is tough. My equally liberated friends and I are constantly expected to like, be respectful towards minorities or something. So to help with this massively inconvenient task, I've written up three everyday ways you can challenge prejudice and work towards equality. (Don't worry, it doesn't involve making punny placards and marching to Number 10).

Adults Only - Why Offices Should Be 'Girl'-Free Zones

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Stromberg

I would be a wealthy woman indeed if I had a pound for every time I have heard a grown adult woman referred to as a 'girl' in the workplace. Yet I have rarely heard an adult man referred to as a 'boy'.

Why It Can't Be One Rule For Us, One Rule For Men

Poorna Bell | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Something happened on Saturday that made me feel like a shit feminist. Picture the scene: I was running late to visit a friend in Brighton and waddled to my car under the weight of tons of bags. As I put the key in the ignition, the car coughed, hacked up a lung and died.

Writing Out Gender Bias

John Allen | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Allen

I thought we all lived in a modern society where things like gender and racial bias if not completely eliminated, were rapidly becoming a thing of the past in the west. It seems not. The fact that Naomi admitted to doing it herself gave me a little relief.