Gender Stereotypes

Why I Won't Make My Son Cut His Hair

Davina Taylor | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK Parents
Davina Taylor

I shouldn't have to defend my parenting while I stand up for my son and his god given right to have autonomy over what happens to his body. Amidst all this feminist ranting we are surrounded by on social media, it's interesting to me that very few people have looked at the other side of this.

Debenhams Under Fire Over 'Sexist' Gruffalo Pyjamas For Boys And Girls

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents

Debenhams has been called out over their “sexist” Gruffalo pyjamas that are different for boys and girls. Gender-neutral campaign group - Let Clot...

Mum Slams Clarks For Placing 'Inferior' Back To School Shoes In Their Girls' Section

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has criticised Clarks claiming their back to school shoes are “aggressively marketed” at boys, in a way that may be off-putting to girls. Je...

Mum Calls Out Marks & Spencer Over Toilet Signs That Don't Show Men Are Parents Too

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum called out Marks & Spencer after being disappointed that the signage in the toilets at their Shoreham store assumes it’s only women who care f...

Mothercare Alters Wording On Website After Campaign Group Threatens To Boycott

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents

Mothercare has altered the wording on its website after a campaign group and parents threatened to boycott the retailer. Campaign group Let Clothes Be...

Chris Evans Defended By Fans Following Criticism For Allowing Five-Year-Old Son To Wear A Dress

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents

Chris Evans has been criticised for allowing his five-year-old son to wear a dress, but it wasn’t long before fans and other parents came to his def...

Morrisons Criticised For 'Sexist' Slogans On Kids' T-Shirts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Parents

Morrisons has been criticised for “sexist” slogans on their kids’ T-shirts. Twitter user Shelley Roche-Jacques shared a photo of four T-shirts i...

The Drip-Drip Effect Of Adverts Means We Often Don't Realise How Much They Affect Our Behaviour And Our Psyche

Evelyn | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When adverts and other media consistently present men and women in stereotypical roles, it can seriously affect our kids' expectations about appropriate gender behaviour. We're limiting what children feel happy and confident doing, and that's got to be wrong.

The Secret To Negotiating High Salaries For Women

Mairi Macleod | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

So role models, as we're growing up, in the workplace, and in the media, make all the difference in shaping our expectations and aspirations, and our professional behaviour doesn't need to clash with how we feel we should be behaving as men or as women. All the more reason then, that the BBC should explicitly pay its top women, as well as its top men, top whack.

'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.

Let's Develop A Thinking Attitude Towards Gender Identity

Jane Williams | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

The UK Advertising Standards Agency announced recently that it would be taking a tougher line on gender stereotyping. I applaud that. It has been a long time coming. For the Trans community however gender stereotyping is something else. We grow up battling one set of stereotypes but are often accused of pandering to another.

Sexist Ads Harm People Of Every Gender. Of Course They Should Be Banned

Amelia Womack | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

The social, emotional and economic damage tied to gender stereotyping, objectification and unrealistic bodies in advertising is clear. Evidence from academics and public opinion research included in the report all reached the same conclusion.

New Rules Due To Protect Kids Against 'Harmful Gender Stereotypes' In Adverts

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK

New advertising standards are being developed to target ads that feature stereotypical gender roles and “mock people for not conforming”. A study ...

Harry Judd's Response To Hearing A Dad Tell Son Off For 'Screaming Like A Girl' Is Spot On

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents

Harry Judd has shared his thoughts about hearing a dad tell his son to stop “screaming like a girl”. The McFly drummer posted an Instagram photo ...

This Project Hopes To Inspire More Boys To Do Ballet, With The Help Of Dabbing And Cricket

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Parents

“My four-year-old son has been laughed at by grown men and told he’s not a ‘proper boy’. His crime? Taking ballet lessons.” It’s five year...

Gabby Logan Encourages Her 11-Year-Old Twins To Embrace 'Gender Fluidity'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

Gabby Logan has said she allows her 11-year-old children to experiment with their clothes and hobbies, rather than forcing gender stereotypes on them....

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

Cara Delevingne Applauded For Challenging Gender Stereotypes With Photo Of Adorable Boy In A Skirt

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents

Cara Delevingne is proving boys look every bit as stylish in skirts as little girls do, with her latest Instagram snap. The 24-year-old model shared a...

Mum Rewrites Daughter's Sexist Homework, Adds A Feminist Twist Like A Boss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum decided to rewrite her daughter’s homework worksheet to give it a feminist twist after being frustrated by the sexist message it was sending. ...

Parents Criticise Burger King For Giving Out Kids' Meal Boxes Based On Gender

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents

Parents have criticised Burger King for focusing on a child’s gender when choosing which toys to hand out with their kids’ meals. The fast food ch...

The Stigma Of Therapy: Stop Teaching Boys Not To Cry

Katie Silver | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Silver

The idea for this article came to me on a Megabus on the way to Leeds from London; a five hour journey solo and without wifi (Lord have mercy), so it is only apt that I eventually get round to writing the article on another journey, although this time to Edinburgh, and thankfully not a Megabus.

Why Diversity In Dolls Matters For Girls And Boys: One Family's Mission To Shake Up The Toy Market

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum and dad who were frustrated by the lack of diversity among the dolls available for their son, have taken matters into their own hands and create...

This Project Hopes To Help Men Forget Masculine Stereotypes And 'Understand Themselves As Individuals'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For too long, boys and men have been led to believe that “being a man” means being strong and silent, particularly when it comes to sharing their ...

Men Are Not Happy With This 'Demeaning' Baby Onesie Aimed At Dads

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents

A dad was left pretty miffed when he came across a children’s onesie that instructed men how to dress their baby. Reddit user Voldemort_Putin shared...

BBC Dad Parody Shows How A Mum Would Handle It, But Not Everyone Is Laughing

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents

A parody of dad Robert Kelly’s BBC interview being interrupted by his kids has been criticised for being “sexist”. New Zealand satirical program...