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Pretty Pretty Princess

GoldieBlox’s New Commercial Buries Princess Culture Six Feet Under and Spits On Its Grave

That might be a bit of an intense way to frame GoldieBlox’s new commercial. But the issue of rigidly enforced gender roles is an intense thing, OK?

(via: Geekosystem)

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What Boys Think of Girls

What Happens To Gendered Advertising When You Swap Audio & Video?

Some pretty interesting things, if we may be so bold. GenderRemixer.com offers you the opportunity to choose the video from a few toy commercials aimed at boys, and the audio from commercials aimed at girls (or vice versa) and play the results. May I also take this moment to say I think I hate toy commercials of all kinds?

(via Tipster Robin)

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What Boys Think of Girls

What if Childhood Gender Roles Continued to Adulthood?

It used to be that all little kids, regardless of gender, were dressed the same way when they were very small, but we tend to do things in the reverse order these days. It would be ridiculous if a girl of sixteen couldn’t find a blue shirt in the ladies section of the store, or if a guy couldn’t wear a purple polo without somebody commenting. Of course, the truth is, a lot of these ideas about gender do survive to adulthood. Ask any lady in a job where lifting stuff is a frequent activity, or any male nurse or nanny, and woman who cuts her hair shorter than her chin or any guy who paints his nails.

(via Women You Should Know.)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Lady Fett

“I remember playing with my Boba Fett action figure as a little kid, and my mom saying ‘Boba Fett could be a woman, you can’t tell with the armor and the helmet.’ This was in the mid- 90s, before the prequel films revealed Boba Fett to be some lame clone kid,” says Tumblr user aJRAWINGS. “I still think of Boba Fett being female to this day, and I still think that’s cooler than the ‘official’ explanation.” Ditto. (thanks, anon tipster!)

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Olden Lore

The UK’s “Downton Law” Seeks to Let Women Inherit Titles

At first I was going to go with a happy image of Downton Abbey‘s Mary Crawley, since doubtless if this bill had been passed back in her day she’d have been very pleased to be able to inherit her father’s title herself instead of having to marry her cousin Matthew. You know, assuming she weren’t fictional. But the allure of the Mary Crawley “judging you” look is just too strong.

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If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

UK Labour MP Points Out There Are No Female Engines In Thomas The Tank Engine

Parents, it’s never too early to teach your kids about fair gender representation in the media! Mary Creagh, the UK’s Labour shadow transport secretary, reminded us all that gendered social conditioning starts young when she pointed out that children’s TV shows unfairly portray transport jobs as exclusively male – particularly placing blame on Thomas the Tank Engine.

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i'll just leave this here

Beyoncé Wants You to Watch This TED Talk About Feminism

The TED talk “We should all be feminists” by Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is several months old. But seeing as how Beyoncé sampled it in her new song “Flawless”—from that surprise album that came out today out of nowhere, IDK, you might have heard of it—now is a very good time to bring it back.

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A Lesson in Humility

Dressing Like A Woman Made Dustin Hoffman Realize He’d Been Brainwashed [VIDEO]

In this interview with AFI archives from late 2012, actor Dustin Hoffman remembers the initial planning for Tootsie, the film in which his character disguises himself as a woman for a job. It was the first makeup test which led Hoffman to break down in tears over a huge revelation about men and women in our society. Take a look.

(via It’s Walky)

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Gender Bendery

MovieBob Takes On The “Gay Agenda” Complaints Of The Hub’s SheZow [VIDEO]

We previously reported on the controversy surrounding SheZow, a cartoon from Australia, now airing on The Hub here in the U.S. Writer Ben Shapiro felt the need to defend his show on things outsiders were reading into it but now MovieBob takes a crack. And a great one at that. Give it a watch.

(via The Escapist)

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Gender Bendery

Gwendoline Christie Discusses Gender Roles & Fighting For Game of Thrones’ Brienne

I could write a whole article on how amazingly awesome Brienne of Tarth is just from my own perspective but in this case I’ll leave it up to the actress who plays her on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Gwendoline Christie did an interview with TV Guide recently where she said some interesting things about gender roles in Westeros. 

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