Gender

Forget Banning Bossy. Be A Boss Instead.

First, Sheryl Sandberg asked women to lean in, and I’m all for that. Now, she’s asking people to ban the word bossy from their vocabulary, and I just can’t get behind it. First of all, there’s not enough research to confirm that the word bossy is indeed correlated to discouraging young girls from becoming leaders. […]

Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself “Undateable”

Every Valentine’s Day, it seems like cynics are suddenly everywhere. I’m surrounded by people getting ready to celebrate “Singles’ Awareness Day” and scoffing at those who are in a relationship. Which is fine. If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day, why not take the opportunity to love yourself? I think it’s empowering, and […]

Stop Playing Around with Labels Like “Gamer Girls” (Plus Halloween Bonus Game!)

So, I hear there’s this whole thing about “gamer girls.” This implies that girls, no matter the circumstance, will always be inferior and less-knowledgeable video game players than their male counterparts. I’ve grown up around video games and have been playing them since I was pretty young myself, but I don’t think I’ve come across […]

Are Beauty Pageants Relevant to the 21st Century?

What is the purpose of beauty pageants today? To make money for the media? To entertain the masses? To affirm beautiful women of their beauty? To celebrate female beauty? As beauty pageants have sparked many debates over the centuries, let’s take a deeper look at the evolution of this American tradition.   How Beauty Pageants Started […]

Virginity Should be a Big Deal to Boys Too

Whatever your beliefs or upbringing is, it’s pretty safe to say the idea of virginity mostly weighs more on girls than boys. Granted, abstinence and safe sex is held against both genders until a certain age but this is definitely emphasized more on girls. This does date back centuries ago when a woman had to […]

5 Interesting Ways to Handle Paranoia When Dating

Paranoia Case #1: You love it when you two exchange text messages more often.  But each time he sends you one-liner or one-word messages, a lot of thoughts come into your mind.  Is he okay?  Did I offend him?  Should I send him a follow up message to explain what I meant with my previous […]

Telling Women What to Wear and Telling Men Not to Rape

Growing up, myself along with most of the girls in America have been taught to not wear clothes that are too “revealing” or “sexual.” Schools told us skirts had to be below the fingertips, no showing of the mid-drift, and no low-cut or see-through shirts. Of course, “revealing” and “sexual” are subjective terms but let’s […]

To All the Girls Who Act like Boys

Dear Girls of the World, Gender roles are fading away.  Girls are not solely thought of as prissy, fragile homemakers whose sole job is to bear and raise the kids.  Girls can do many things boys can nowadays from their jobs to their dirty work, and not even bat an eye.  Just because your XX […]

So What if I Like to Dress Comfortably?

If you’re the type of girl that prefers to wear sweatpants, v-necks, sneakers, and no makeup in public, there’s nothing wrong with that. If you spend no more than 10 minutes getting ready in the morning by putting on jeans, maybe some beaded bracelets or simple earrings perhaps, followed by 10 seconds of running your […]

Can I Really Have the Career and Relationship That I Want?

I remember all too well growing up, my family and elders would deter me from having a boyfriend while in school. They told me to focus on my studies and career, and that a boyfriend would only serve as a distraction from my successes. In my family’s case, those successes were graduating high school, getting […]