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Tag: Gender Politics

The Making of a Man

A Dutch journalist, revealing his own body’s transition from female to male under the influence of testosterone, allows us to see gender as simply one component of the complicated human experience.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

Malcolm X Was Right About America

The civil rights leader, assassinated 50 years ago this month, knew that empire cannot be reformed—it must be destroyed.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE

Preferences for High Masculinity and Femininity May Be Peculiar to Modern Societies

A new survey of 12 populations around the world challenges the commonly held assumption that human beings naturally prefer highly masculine men and highly feminine women.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Banality of Evil: Barbie Edition

Right, so it’s not like anyone would actually turn to the Barbie product line for an accurate depiction of ... well, anything, but this infernal little whittle-waisted doll still finds a way to stick to many girls’ formative years like a bad gel manicure.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE

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The Quiet Gender Revolution

American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed. Take the discussions of the 2016 presidential election which, as a matter of habit, we have begun even before the end of the first year of the current president’s second term.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Washington: Still a Boy’s Town

Women’s lib hasn’t made it through Washington yet. Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy magazine looked at the percentages of females holding leadership roles related to foreign policy and national security and found that women remain vastly underrepresented among our nation’s policymakers. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE

Backsliding Under the Ceiling

At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to part ways after the meal.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE

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Lollipops, Flies and Veils: A Love Story

When confronted with the uncomfortable task of explaining sexual relations to the uninitiated, it’s often handy to look to the animal kingdom for reassuringly “natural” and helpfully vague metaphorical material. Just take the trusty birds-and-bees dodge, for example—or that old yarn your grammy told your ma about the lollipop and the flies. Wait, what?

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE

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