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  1. Ashley Mardell Educates the World on The ABCs of LGBT

    Because seriously, there's a LOT of terms to learn.

    Thankfully, YouTuber Ashley Mardell is taking us all to school with her series, The ABCs of LGBT, where she teams up with other gender diversity experts, activists, and sex educators on YouTube to teach both cis/heterosexual allies and LGBTQ+ folks who might be in the process of learning who they are about the myriad gender expressions that exist.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: The Rock As All of Fraggle Rock‘s Doozers

    ROCK YOUR CARES AWAY

    Our Dear Departed Rebecca Pahle lists seven movie remakes that need to cast The Rock over at Pajiba. Attention, Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

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  3. A Tumblr Chronicling the World’s Stupidest Unnecessarily Gendered Products

    "Man-Sized Tissues," though...

    Stop gendering inherently gender-neutral products, manufacturers of the world, or you might wind up in the Unnecessarily Gendered Products' hall of shame. Sorry, I mean Hall of She-shame: Humiliation For Her!

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  4. PBS Idea Channel Explores How We Explore Gender—Through The Sims

    WooHoo!

    Gender is a social construct—but how is it constructed in-game? Why can't you pick an option outside of "male"  or "female" in The Sims? And what would Judith Butler think about the game? All these questions and more are answered in this new video from PBS Idea Channel.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: The Only BBC Amusement Park We Want to Visit

    The Doctor Who Wibbly Wobbly Carousel? The Pemberly Tunnel of Love? The SherLOCKED rollercoaster? Sign us up! [Click to embiggen] (via PopSmoothie)

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  6. Nintendo Says Mario‘s Toads Are Genderless, Platonic “Adventure Pals”

    Pip-pip!

    During an interview last week with Gamespot, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker producer Koichi Hayashida offered some insight into the enigmatic Toads.

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  7. Women Use Less Calories Than Men; Let’s Send Ladies to Mars

    Men are from Mars, women should go there.

    Writing for Slate, a participant in a NASA-funded Mars Mission simulation studied the caloric intake and burn rate of her colleagues, and has a suggestion for manned missions to Mars that's right up our alley.

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  8. FiveThirtyEight Turns the Lidless Eye of Data Crunching to Gender Disparity in Superhero Comics Characters

    Great Hera!

    They're also predicting that Lex Luthor will win his bid for president of the United States.

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  9. Sailor Moon Newbie Recap: “A Love Letter from Tuxedo Mask” and “The Beach, Youth and Ghosts”

    Casual Tuxedo Mask is casual.

    One of these episodes had much more to talk about than the other...

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  10. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 3

    The host with the most.

    Welcome to a three-part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. Whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so let's get going with part three!

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  11. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 2

    UTENA-SAMAAAAA!

    Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. You can read part one here, but whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part two!

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  12. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 1

    A rose by any other uniform would smell as sweet.

    Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. Whether the series has a lot to say about gender or a little, there's still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part one!

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  13. Mom’s Request Convinces Lands’ End to Stock Science Tees for Girls

    But what's really brave here is that they included Pluto.

    As of yesterday, this lovely tee-shirt featuring the solar system (Lands' End still loves you, Pluto) and another proclaiming the wearer as NASA crew are available in girl sizes from Lands' End, and it's thanks to the request of one mom with a science loving daughter.

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  14. New Paper Says Sexual and Reproductive Health of “Very Young Adolescents” Is Crucial

    Careful, science. We wouldn't want to empower anyone too much.

    A new study available online ahead of publication in the peer-reviewed journal of Global Public Health says that it's vital for sexual health services to begin focusing on adolescents between the ages of 10-14.

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  15. This Commercial About Teaching Girls Science Has No Right Making Us Feel These Feelings

    No, I'm not crying. I just have something stuck in my... um, soul.

    Verizon's new #InspireHerMind campaign wants to point out the importance of teaching young girls about STEM. To do that, they put out this commercial about how deeply ingrained gender expectations influence the way we raise our children, which in turn influences what they become interested in when they grow up--and not necessarily for the better. Geez, Verizon, heartbreaking much?

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  16. A Very Sarcastic Post: The Privilege of Gaming While Female

    /sarcasm

    A Very Sarcastic Post by Frances. If you’ve had the privilege of partaking in some sweet online gaming while female, then you must be aware of the many benefits that go along with that experience. I mean, in a perfect world everyone would be judged solely on their skills and not their genitals or cup size, but who are we kidding? The gaming world is a man’s world and we’re just lucky to be a part of it, amrite?

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  17. Changing the Face of Women in Anime: The Importance of Ugliness

    Essay

    Since the “girl power” wave of the 90s and early 2000s, many media-makers stateside have been much better about including diverse female characters in media directed toward a younger audience. But while Sailor Moon was one of the forerunners of this well-intentioned movement, much of the material from Japan which has been licensed for release in the States is marketed toward boys or men, and magical girls have fallen out of popular favor (recent reboots notwithstanding). Needless to say, when there are female characters in this kind of media, they are often a love interest, and they often fall into one of a handful of anime stereotypes.

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  18. Kill and Conquer: Traditionally “Male” Values and Video Game Violence

    Essay

    Hey, you! Violence-lover! With the video games! Put that controller down and listen to me, if you can curb your insatiable blood-lust for five seconds. Yes, I can hear you scoff already. Bah! This fool thinks that just because I enjoy video games, I am a violent person! Fancy book-learnin’ people say this is not true! Howsoever that may be the case, let’s talk, you and I. Let’s talk about power in video games. Because you as well as I know the feeling.

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  19. Hurricanes with “Female” Names are Taken Less Seriously, Cause More Fatalities

    "An evacuation warning? She's probably just hysterical!"

    Gender bias has countless serious implications, but here's one that I never predicted: a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows severe storms with "feminine" names are taken less seriously and consequently cause three times the number of casualties than comparable "masculine" storms.

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  20. Teen Wolf‘s Lydia, Defying Tropes of Sex, Smarts, and Beauty in Female Characters

    Essay

    In Teen Wolf, a show full of alpha males and machismo, one of the most interesting characters is something else entirely – a woman. Lydia Martin begins her arc in episode one as a stereotypically ditzy, beautiful, popular girl, but that soon starts to unravel. Over the course of the first three seasons, it is slowly but resolutely revealed how intelligent and powerful Lydia actually is. From a feminist standpoint, Lydia is incredibly important because she starts her story attempting to adhere to the traditional dumb popular girl trope but slowly, through her relationships and character development, drops her pretense to reveal her true intelligence and power as a woman.

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