Gender Stereotypes

Soldier 'Denied' Leave Request For Baby Shower, So He Makes A Slight Change

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents

A soldier who was reportedly denied a leave request for his partner's baby shower because he's a man hit back with a typically masculine response. Red...

Raising Children to Ignore Gender Stereotypes

Lucy Gill | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

Girls today may be the first generation able to end the hugely uneven mix of boys and girls going into STEM-related careers. All sorts of factors are now in place to allow girls to follow the passions that suit them, not just those that fit with gender stereotypes. However, to really achieve this, we need adults (parents in particular) to avoid sending out the message that some activities and careers are 'not for girls' or 'not for boys'.

Mum's Powerful Open Letter Defending Son Who Wears Nail Varnish

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has penned a powerful open letter on Facebook, defending her son's right to wear nail varnish without fearing a backlash. Devon Berryann, fr...

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

Rachel Bell | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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.

Hilarious Video Reveals How To Be A 'Real Man' In 2016

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The idea that you have to be strong and tough to be a man is fast going out of fashion - and we couldn't be happier about it. In a new parody video, t...

Wise 4-Year-Old Sums Up The Problem With 'Girls' Toys'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents

Parents have been celebrating their sons' love of "girls' toys" after a four-year-old boy succinctly summed up why toys are always gender neutral. Rhe...

Some Days, I Run in Pink

Amy Dear | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Dear

Don't get me wrong. I would absolutely love more choice of colours for women's fitness gear. But that doesn't make women who like Pink wrong, or foolish. Choice means that sometimes, Pink is OK.

A 14-Year-Old Just Brilliantly Explained Gender Stereotypes To The FT

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager has schooled journalists at one of the world's most respected newspapers on the seriously outdated use of gender stereotypes. Anna Schleite...

Gender Free World? Gender Is Irrelevant

Lisa Honan | Posted 20.04.2016 | 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.

Four-Year-Olds Asked To 'Choose Gender' On Primary School Form

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents

Four-year-olds have been asked to choose the gender they "most identify with" on a council form for primary school places. Brighton and Hove City Coun...

Twin Boys 'Too Embarrassed' To Wear Princess Dresses In Public

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents

A couple have said their twin boys love to wear dresses and play with dolls but are too "embarrassed" to do the same outside the house. Gabriella, 33...

Are Male Students Reluctant to Call Themselves Feminists?

Claire Hargreaves | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Hargreaves

Girls have Emma Watson, Beyoncé, Gloria Steinem, Caitlin Moran, Taylor Swift, Malala Yousafzai. But is there a male voice that speaks quite as loudly, and in quite such a populist way, to make this generation of young men proud feminists?

Kids Have Already Learned Gender Stereotypes At Just 5 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

A new short film has highlighted how children as young as five years old have already learnt common gender stereotypes and think of certain career opp...

Sexism Aimed at Children: Why Its Time to Let Clothes Be Clothes

Francesca Cambridge Mallen | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Francesca Cambridge Mallen

Before she could read, my child had a strong sense of gender based on the same stereotypes we encountered on the high street, from clothing and toys, to cards and pull-ups. Whatever stereotypes our society is guilty of, they are reinforced exponentially by a consumer culture that puts all its faith in gender marketing.

My Thoughts About Gender Neutral Parenting

Natasha Mahtani | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Mahtani

I've been reading a lot recently about gender neutral parenting and I have to be totally honest, I just don't understand it. There's a family in Canada who have a 3 year old named Storm and they haven't "announced" whether Storm is a girl or boy yet.

Gender Equality Needs to Happen Across Every Industry, Tech is Just the Starting Point

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

As the stereotype goes, geeks are weird and socially inept. All you have to do is look at TV, news and the other elements of popular culture to find out why. Think back to watching cartoons like Dexter's Lab and you'll notice how from a young age we are fed the notion that geeks are unfashionable.

Mancan's Wine In A Can Branded 'Dishonourable' For Enforcing Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's official: we live in a world where guys can preserve their manliness by drinking wine from a can. California-based company MANCAN has invente...

Forget Alpha Males and Alpha Females - Leadership has its own quality

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Natasha Stromberg

In the course of my work on gender equality I always find it fascinating to hear differing views on how successful women are perceived in the workpla...

What Does Feminism Do for Men?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Society, misogyny, the media; all of these things persuade us to live our lives according to the accepted route that the generations before us conformed to. Yet if feminism teaches us that everyone should have the right to become exactly who they want to be, why do so many men blindly dismiss it?

Closing the Gender Gap in General Practice

Dr Maureen Baker | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Dr Maureen Baker

It's not too distant a memory when a visit to the GP involved a consultation with a middle-aged man in a suit, practising from a 'surgery' that was often one or two rooms in the family home.

'Boys Like Dolls Too': Barbie Ad Praised For Challenging Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents

A Barbie advert has been praised for challenging gender stereotypes of children's toys. In the 30 second clip a little boy declares, "Moschino Barb...

The Measure of a Man

Henri Ward | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Henri Ward

Modern entertainment inundates us with choice of male identities. Most interestingly in comedy, we often root for the lovable loser, who inexplicably beats all the odds to win the affections of a woman through some shared experience or misadventure.

Three Everyday Ways Privileged People Can Help Equality

Eamonn Crowe | Posted 12.11.2015 | 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).

How Joining 'Team Earth' Can Help End the Politics of Gender Difference

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Stromberg

How often have you heard the phrase 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus', to casually explain differences between men and women based on our gender? Pretty often I bet, as these words stormed into the English language back in 1992 when Dr. John Gray published his phenomenally successful book.

Fashion for the Forward

Sophia Walker | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Girls clothes have long been a bugbear for me. I've always liked the colour pink, but it's overuse in girls clothes and hen nights, leaves me feeling like I've just eaten a whole box of rhubarb and custards. I have pink jaw ache!