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One Girl Wanted to Know Why Steph Curry’s Sneaker Line Was Only Available in Boys’ Sizes & Curry Delivered

Nine-year-old Riley told Curry that she's a "big fan" of his, but that she was disappointed to see that the Curry 5s, which she wanted for her upcoming basketball season, weren't for sale in the girl's section of Under Armour's website.

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These Stock Photos Are Taking the Toxic Out of Their Masculinity

Stock photography isn't the end-all, be-all of media representation, but it is a more ubiquitous part of our lives than many people realize. It's everywhere, silently regurgitating existing stereotypes back to us, reinforcing false, outdated ideas of gender, race, relationships (Distracted Boyfriend meme, anyone?), and countless other aspects of our lives.

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Robots Are Taking Our Jobs, But They Can’t Touch Nursing. So Why Aren’t More Men Entering the Industry?

We're in an era where more and more jobs are switching over to automation. Yet there are still (and will hopefully always be) some professions that simply can't be taken over by robots. While they can do a lot, robots lack the emotional intelligence to take on a number of jobs, including nursing. So why are men still so resistant to entering the profession?

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“Death by A Thousand Cuts”: Women Engineers Speak Out About the Sexism in Silicon Valley

In this video from Wired, women engineers speak about their experiences with workplace sexism and racism in the tech industry.

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Men Grin and Women Scream: A New Analysis of Gendered Words in Fiction

Author Ben Blatt set up an algorithm to analyze the gendering of certain actions and vocabulary words in fiction, and the results revealed a whole lot about our cultural subconscious.

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Study Shows Girls as Young as 6 Internalize Ideas That “Brilliance Is a Male Quality”

A study in Science found that girls as young as 6 can steer away from considering themselves or their gender as brilliant.

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Smartphones for Women Are Apparently Smaller, Pinker, and More Hexagonal

The Keecoo K1 is a smartphone made for women. I'm not just extrapolating that based on the pink hues, the gem-shaped case, or the makeup surrounding the phones in this advertisement. I'm basing it on the actual about page for the phone, which explicitly says that the phone is "for women."

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Girls Beat Boys in First National Test in Technology and Engineering

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test given to eighth grade students in public and private schools nationwide every two years to test their proficiency in various subjects and allow for policymakers and school districts to track skills over time and adjust their policies and teaching methods accordingly. In 2014, NAEP included a test that measure literacy in technology and engineering for the first time, and the results were finally made public today.

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Science Says Everybody’s Brain Is Different; “Male” & “Female” Brains a False Dichotomy

Dividing brains into "male" and "female" categories would be meaningless, because researchers haven't found any consistent pattern that would allow that dichotomy to be valuable, according to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Celebrate “Wear Your Superheroes” On October 1st! Prepare Your Most Heroic Apparel

These two young girls, both wearing their Batgirl finest, founded Wear Your Superheroes Day last year, and October 1st will mark the second annual celebration of superhero-themed apparel for all genders.

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Frozen Will Harm the Production of “Real Men” Because Fox News is Backwards Land

♫ Do you want to build a straw man? An assertion no one maaaaaaade. ♫

Wow. Frozen sent the message that boys are unnecessary in society? I mean, where do you even start with this?

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Do Students in Online Courses Give Better Ratings to Teachers They Believe Are Men?

Does a teacher's gender play a role in how students rate their educational efforts? A new study says yes—at least, when you can't see them.

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Carnegie Science Center Makes Less-Than-Optimal Programming Choice For Girl Scouts

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?

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Dear DC Comics, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Leave Creative Little Girls Behind

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.”

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White Male Comedians Aren’t Funny

But there sure are a lot of them.

Are women funny? Are black comics funny? These are both questions I hear discussed fairly regularly, usually at comedy shows, usually by white male comics. It's kind of a topic I'm sick of hearing about, because it's stupid to make assumptions about someone's comedy based solely on gender or race—especially because white male comedians aren't funny.

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Children’s Place Responds Terribly To Complaints Of Gamora-Less Guardians Shirt

You should have learned.

Hey, Children's Place, you know what's maybe not a good reason for leaving the only female character for a popular superhero movie off of the merchandise for that movie? This one you used right here. 

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Oh, The Feels: 501st Legion Send Stormtrooper Suit To Another Bullied Girl

Meesa getting verklempt.

I guess they have a lot of Clone War crimes to atone for: an international group of Star Wars fans named after Vader's 501st Legion have gone from battling Jedi to gender bias. The world's largest Imperial costuming organization is giving girls literal armor with which to protect themselves from bullies: a pint-sized Stormtrooper outfit built to the exact specifications of the original movies.

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Sympathetic Characters: Gender Bias, Villains, & Orphan Black

Essay

[Editor's Note: There are no spoilers for BBC America's Orphan Black in this post, some adult language, and lots of good points.] Recently, my husband and I burned through S1 of Orphan Black, which, as promised by virtually the entire internet, was awesome. But in all the praise I’d seen for it, a line from one review in particular stuck in my mind. The reviewer noted that, although the protagonist, Sarah, is an unlikeable character, her grifter skills make her perfectly suited to unravelling the mystery in which she finds herself. And as this was a positive review, I kept that quote in mind when we started watching, sort of by way of prewarning myself: you maybe won’t like Sarah, but that’s OK. But here’s the thing: I fucking loved Sarah. I mean, I get what the reviewer was trying to say, in that she’s not always a sympathetic character, but that’s not the same as her actually being unlikeable. And the more I watched, the more I found myself thinking: why is this quality, the idea of likeability, considered so important for women, but so optional for men – not just in real life, but in narrative?

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Yet Another UK Toy Retailer To Go Gender-Neutral in 2014

Things to Do With Your Kids

Consumers spoke up, and UK department store Marks & Spencer has decided to ditch the gender-specific packaging that unfairly restricts toys by what gender they "should" be played with.

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When It Comes to Gender Stereotyping, Pink Is Not the Problem [VIDEO]

Gender Bendery

In his analysis of the problems (real and falsely perceived) with the "pink aisle," MovieBob has some things to say about The Hunger Games—namely that it reinforces an outdated notion of male=good and female=bad by giving its heroine stereotypically masculine traits and the Capitol stereotypically feminine ones—that I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on. (via: The Escapist) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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