Gender Stereotypes

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.

Meet The 'Mannies' Proving Childcare Is Not Just A Woman's Job

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Parents

Two men are determined to convince more families the value of employing males in childcare to destigmatise the idea it’s a role “just for women”...

The Great Gender Gap Debate: Is The Internet Bias To Either Sex?

Phillip Othen | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Tech

The amount of sexism on the internet is depressingly self-evident. Women in particular who speak their minds online are frequently attacked on the bas...

Mum Asks How To 'Put Her Son Off Wanting To Do Ballet' And Parents Aren't Happy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Parents

A mum caused a debate online when she asked parents on a forum how she could “put her son off” wanting to do ballet. Mumsnet user Ironriver said s...

Listen Up, Ad Industry - A Boy In A Dress Isn't Revolutionary

Jonathan Davies | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Davies

But is a little boy in a dress really revolutionary? I don't think so. Children aren't born with any preconceptions about what is and isn't socially 'acceptable' - all they want to do is learn about the world around them through play.

'Mum, Where Were You The Day Trump Was Elected?'

Nick Compton | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Would you do something for me? It will only take a moment of your time if you have a second to spare. Please. Turn to the person next to you and ask them if they're okay. Ask them if they need advice or a friend. Ask them if they need a shoulder to cry on.

Dad Asks John Lewis: 'What Makes This Unsuitable For My Daughter?'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents

A dad has called out John Lewis for labelling a lunchbox as being just for boys. Politician Joshua Peck shared a photo of the label on the the navy pr...

We Need To Combat Outdated Stereotypes To Attract More Women Into STEM Careers

Dr Hayaatun Sillem | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Hayaatun Sillem

Engineering is so much more than this outdated stereotype. Engineering is about designing and delivering systems that facilitate education and healthcare, enhance quality of life, and help to eliminate global poverty. Engineers have been in the driving seat of social change for centuries - from bringing electricity to billions to helping to eradicate life-threatening disease.

Women And The Motherhood Complex

Jennie Watkin | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennie Watkin

Now, I wish to take a step back for a moment. You may be thinking it is strange for me to say 'mothers from day one', but it is true. If you look at the toys advertised for girls even today - what do we have? Garish amounts of playthings that are designed to ingrain a want in young girls to be perfect little wives and moulded into aspiring little mummies when they grow up.

Parents Outraged At Sainsbury's 'Sexist' Slogans On Children's T-Shirts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents

Parents are pretty miffed at Sainsbury’s for two slogans they’ve put on their kids’ clothes for girls and boys. Photos of the children’s tops...

Russell Brand Won't 'Impose' A Gender On His Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents

Russell Brand has said he won’t “impose” a gender on his child when they are born. The 41-year-old comedian, whose girlfriend Laura Gallacher is...

Boy Wearing Fairy Dress Told: 'You Should Be A Superhero'

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has criticised Sainsbury’s after a delivery driver reportedly told her four-year-old boy that he shouldn’t wear a sparkly fairy dress. Isaa...

Giovanna Fletcher Praised For Photo Of Son With A Pram

Amy Packham | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents

Giovanna Fletcher has been praised by parents for breaking gender stereotypes by letting her son play with a pram. The 31-year-old mum, who recently r...

Girl Calls Out Tesco For 'Sexist' Kids' Clothes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old girl has called out Tesco over the slogans used on their kids’ clothing. Daisy Edmonds was in a branch of the supermarket in Swind...

This Toy Advert Is Smashing Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Parents

A kids’ toy advert is being praised for breaking gender stereotypes and sending a positive message to children. Smyths Toys recreated Beyonce’s ...

Mum Gives Her Daughter A Lesson In Gender Equality In The Best Way Possible

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Parents

Liz Mayes was helping her seven-year-old daughter out with her English homework when she decided to make a little suggestion of her own. @EverydaySex...

The Artist Formerly Known As Young Thug

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

Thugger now wants to be referred to as Jeffrey, his real name. Jeffrey's cover features the Atlanta rapper in a blue dress with tiered cascading ruffles that wrap around his white buttoned-down shirt, an outfit which took him an hour and a half just to put on. Apparently, this is controversial because of the masculinity that pervades the rap industry, and because of the cover, he even held back its release for some time.

Are Certain Exercises Better For Men Than Women?

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

You only have to look at the free weights area of your average gym, or pop your head round the door at a yoga or Pilates class (not to mention Zumba),...

Gap Kids Advert Slammed For Being 'Sexist'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Parents

Clothing brand Gap Kids has been accused of profiling “sexist” stereotypes of girls and boys. The store sent out their clothing campaign to UK cus...

An Open Letter to the Man Who Asked My Three-Year-Old Son Why He Was Buying a Girls' Magazine

Laura Powell-Corbett | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Powell-Corbett

If he wants to buy a princess magazine, that you believe is aimed at girls, he will buy a princess magazine. So in answer to your question as to why he was buying a girls magazine? Because he wanted too.

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

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.07.2016 | 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...