Feminist Parenting, Gender Ideology, and All Those Glittery Toys

by Jessamyn Neuhaus

Nauhaus_image3Recently a friend told me that his young daughter seemed to be reaching the end of her Disney princess phase. “She likes dinosaurs now,” he said with obvious relief.  Continue reading

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Drawing Race and Class Boundaries with Sexual Discourses

by Tristan Bridges
Originally posted at Feminist Reflections (here). The piece is cross-posted with permission.


“The fag” and “the slut” are both symbols of contemporary gender relations. Stories about each provide social mechanisms for bonding, betraying, and belonging. Research suggests that “fag” and “slut” are among the more ubiquitous insults traded among young people. Each is simultaneously all about sexuality and has absolutely nothing to do with sexuality. For instance, most of CJ Pascoe’s research participants in her study of the use of “fag” among boys at River High said that they would never aim the insult at someone who is “actually gay.” Pascoe suggests that this indicates a need for a more nuanced way of understanding sexuality—not as some thing inhering in specific bodies or identities, but as something capable of operating to discursively construct social boundaries in social life as well. “Slut” is used in similar ways—as a mechanism of gender policing. Most of the research focusing on either is primarily about gender policing and gender and sexual inequality. But, research shows that sexual discourses play a key role in racial and class inequality as well. Continue reading

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An American in Jakarta

by Rachel Rinaldo

A million people marched through the center of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. It was late March 2003, and they were protesting the American invasion of Iraq. As a graduate student doing research on women’s activism in the world’s largest Muslim country, I eagerly followed on the sidelines.  Continue reading

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When Legal Marriage Isn’t Enough

by Katrina Kimport

In many circles these days, you hear that the gay and lesbian movement is winning—at least when it comes to same-sex marriage. In a little over a decade, 37 states have legalized same-sex marriage, and the number keeps growing, prompting some to believe that nationwide legal same-sex marriage is inevitable. We should appreciate these changes as symbolic victories for equality but, as a recent article in The Atlantic shows, having marriage doesn’t always mean same-sex couples experience full equality in their day-to-day lives. There are lots of things that different-sex couples enjoy as soon as they’re married that same-sex couples still have to fight for. Kimport_image1 Continue reading

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Beyond “Bossy” or “Brilliant”?: Gender Bias in Student Evaluations

by Tristan Bridges, Kjerstin Gruys, and Christin Munsch, and C.J. Pascoe
Originally posted at Girl W/ Pen! here. Cross-posted with permission.


Not surprisingly, the new interactive chart Gendered Language in Teacher Reviews, drawn from RateMyProfessor.com (produced by Ben Schmidt—a history professor at Northeastern), has been the subject of a lot of conversation among sociologists, especially those of us who study gender. For example, it reminded C.J. of an ongoing conversation she and a former Colorado College colleague repeatedly had about teaching evaluations. Comparing his evaluations to C.J.’s, he noted that students would criticize C.J. for the same teaching practices and behaviors that seemed to earn him praise: being tough, while caring about learning. Continue reading

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From Tiger Mothers To Fresh Off The Boat: Eddie Huang’s Mom Is Not Every Asian-American Mom

by Miliann Kang
Originally posted at the Huffington Post’s Motherwoman blog  here. Cross-posted with permission.


The collective sigh of relief by many Asian Americans after the first few episodes of Fresh Off the Boat contrasts with the anger and anxiety that followed Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. But is relief the best we can hope for? Continue reading

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Gender Pay Gaps: Is Comparable Worth the Solution?

by Linda Grant

A recent report by a steering committee at University of California-Berkeley, praised for its methodological rigor, provides gratifying news that gender gaps in faculty salaries appear to be diminishing on that campus. At the same time, the report underscores the complexity of the issue as one looks across disciplines and highlights the difficulties in devising effective strategies to eliminate lingering inequalities.   Continue reading

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