Broadening Educational Opportunities for Women

by Catherine Riegle-Crumb

A recent study that has been receiving attention on the web (here) concluded that as educational opportunities for women across Europe expanded over many decades, so that women earned the same number of years of education as men, there was a corresponding decrease in gender gaps in cognitive tests of numeracy. Simply put, when women had the chance to attend school for the same length of time as men, men’s advantage on math tests dramatically declined. This new study adds to a large body of academic research which finds that gender differences on standardized tests are found to be larger or smaller depending on a host of social and cultural factors, including the educational opportunities that societies offer their young men and women. Continue reading

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(Trans)gender Culture Clashes: Social Recognition and Determining the “Real”

by Carla Pfeffer

When I first spoke with Teresa, she had been dating her partner, Jess, for a year and a half. Over the course of our two-hour telephone call, she spoke to me about both the struggles and rewards of being a cisgender (non-transgender) woman partner of a transgender man. Teresa and Jess started dating a year after Jess began taking testosterone. Jess had top surgery while the two were partnered. Teresa described herself as strongly lesbian femme identified and she had primarily dated butch lesbians in the past. Because of her feminine appearance, she was often assumed by others to be unremarkably heterosexual, rendering her lesbian femme identity invisible. She found that one of the powerful aspects of partnering with butch lesbians was that her own lesbian femme identity suddenly became visible as strangers would “read” her partners as masculine women, but women nevertheless. Continue reading

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From Pink and Blue to Brown: Gendering the Garden

This piece was cross-posted with permission from Girl W/ Pen. To view the original piece, click here.
by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Hondagneu-Sotelo_image1Are flowers feminine and lawn masculine? Or are gardens, with their domestic allure and food provisioning, feminine altogether? Thinking about gender as a duality of flowery femininity and masculine mowing doesn’t get us very far. It’s like trying to squish bio-diversity into a binary code. We know gender is shaped by intersections of race, class and nation, by myriad subcultural groups and by everyday acts of gender bending and deliberate non-compliance. So what do we see when we look at the residential garden as a project of gender? Continue reading

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The Gendered Metropolis

by Amin Ghaziani

What are we to make of the many anxieties that surround the alleged demise of iconic gay neighborhoods like the Castro in San Francisco? The media, including The New Yorker (here), Salon (here), Time magazine (here), Huffington Post (here), BBC Radio 4 (here), Yahoo News (here), and the Advocate (here), have all taken a keen interest in this hot-button topic. Continue reading

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“You Are Like A Virus”: Dangerous Bodies And Military Medical Authority in Turkey

by Oyman Basaran

In Turkey military service has been compulsory for all men since 1927. It is culturally coded as a rite of passage that prepares and shapes young boys towards an “ideal” manhood. Considering the cultural and political importance of military service in Turkey, it is no surprise that the Turkish military has a very strict recruitment policy with only a few options for exemption. These options are available to men with severe medical problems that are considered an obstacle to fulfilling their duties in the military. My research focuses on the experiences of men who seek exemption based on homosexuality.   Continue reading

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Brief: Back on Track? The Stall and Rebound in Support for Women’s New Roles in Work and Politics, 1977-2012

Cross-posted with permission from the Council on Contemporary Families symposium on the 2014 Gender Revolution Rebound. Click here to view the original piece



David Cotter, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Union College

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Credits: Kheel Center via Flickr Creative Commons

Credits: Kheel Center via Flickr Creative Commons


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Domestic violence in Africa: What’s gender got to do with it?

by Hilde Jakobsen

Jakobsen_image3“Gender-based violence”: A familiar term in international health and development circles. This is how researchers, policymakers and practitioners refer to violence against women in the Global South. Who can even remember when they first heard it? Continue reading

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