Category Archives: Stereotypes

Sign of the New Normal?

Number two on children’s author Kim Norman’s 5 Things I’ve Learned about Doing School Visits:  2. Even if the child posing a question has long, curly locks and a pink hair bow, I NEVER assume gender. Long-lashed boys with collar-length … Continue reading

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Aisle . . . sigh, every aisle

So I went to Barnes and Noble today . . .           The store was chock full of more gender-separated books like those I saw at the grocery store last week. For inquiring minds, girls search … Continue reading

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Going public

One blog-reader wrote me about her family’s Halloween experience this year, and it is SUCH a great story that I asked her to be a guest blogger for today. Here is her story: *** Last night, my 4-year-old son “went … Continue reading

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The Annual Halloween Dilemma

Several of you have written me asking me to write about Halloween costumes. I am just back from five days away at a conference (I will share some about my paper soon!) so I am behind at work, but wanted … Continue reading

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Study says highlighting gender leads to stereotypes

Parents with gender-fluid kids often work with schools, churches, and other institutions to use alternatives to gender for organizing kids in the classroom. Rather than dividing kids by boys and girls, use birth months or sneakers vs. sandals, or some … Continue reading

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Beyond Pink and Blue

If you’re interested in this topic of gender boxes and those who don’t live in them, you might want to check out the new Psychology Today blog, “Beyond Pink and Blue.” It’s written by Christia Spears Brown, Ph.D., who is … Continue reading

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