We've been looking forward to Justin Baldoni's weekly series 'Man Enough' for a few months now. I first saw it announced in October of this year, described as a dinner-party-style show with male celebrities and public figures discussing issues of masculinity. Baldoni recently gave a talk at the TEDWomen Conference and showed us what we can expect from those discussions. After watching the above video, we're more excited than ever.Read More
Star Trek: Discovery’s Female Lead Character Is Named Michael Burnham and I Can’t Stop Thinking About It
Names have power: just ask Rumpelstiltskin. As someone with a longstanding interest in the meaning of names, the first thing that caught my attention while watching Discovery was that the first officer played by Sonequa Martin-Green has a traditionally masculine name. I had to know more.Read More
Prince George, son of the U.K.'s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is four years old. This is important, because a couple of days ago, the Internet decided to speculate about his sexuality.Read More
Let Ken be Ken.
Mattel just released their new "Fashionistas" line of Barbie and Ken dolls, which includes 40 new dolls, with seven different body types, 11 skin tones, and 28 hairstyles. The internet is a flurry of opinions, of course, though they're mostly ignoring the 39 of the new diverse line's dolls and focusing on one: Man Bun Ken.Read More
"I love dresses, I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women knew they aren’t a requirement."Read More
Remember that super-depressing study about how men find intelligent women to be less attractive? Well, turns out that a woman with a sense of humor won't much impress 'em, either. All signs seem to point to heterosexual romance being dead ... at least for smart and/or funny women.Read More
Rebecca Sugar, the creator behind Steven Universe, recently had an interview with Entertainment Weekly about her show and how it found its place among some of television's most feminist titles. And, of course, she also dishes on the show and teases just a tiny little bit of what's to come.Read More
John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls and father of two superhero-obsessed daughters The Mary Sue has a great affection for, has a thing or two to say about showing girls that superheroes aren't "for boys." It's an incredibly important message, especially in a time when Marcotte says research has found that the toy aisles have never had a stronger gender divide—and that's just the tip of the gender normative iceberg.Read More
Why don't I own any capes? This must be rectified!
Ok, but do you think she'd let me raid her closet?Read More
Pulverizing gender stereotypes, one fully weaponized minifig at a time.
The LEGO Friends line of products is a black mark on LEGO's otherwise impressive recent record of gender-neutral marketing, but as the SuperFriends Project demonstrated earlier this year, just because the toys themselves might be less than awesome doesn't mean master builders can't give the minifigs a radical makeover.Read More
It's a White House miracle!
This December marked the first time that President Obama participated in the Marine’s Toys for Tots program by helping the First Lady divide donated gifts into "girl" and "boy" bins. But the President, who first declared “I’m the big elf [...] I’m like Will Ferrell," surprised some of the crowd with his refusal to gender sports equipment, video games, and LEGO.Read More
Hey, at least it wasn't cookie making, right?
I have immense respect for the Carnegie Science Center. The Institution does a lot of admirable work, and I can only imagine the intricate decision process involved in coordinating its programs. But big organizations are bound to make mistakes sometimes, right?Read More
A geek dad reports.
For my birthday a few months ago, my buddy Matt gave me Justice League: Axis of Villains, a superhero board game by DC Comics and game maker Wonder Forge. “It say ages 8 and up,” he tells me, “but I read the rules. Cassie’s smart. She can handle it if you play together.”Read More
Oh, I'm sorry. I meant Dungeonettes and Dragonettes.
When filmmaker Meredith Jacobson overheard her boyfriend tell a group of 9-11 year old boys that young girls aren't interested in playing D&D, the producer wanted to prove that the joy of role-playing games knows no gender—and thus the idea for DnDnG was born.Read More
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.Read More