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Researchers: Let's delude women into thinking they're better at math than they actually are

My latest  blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Math is hard–but the “power of positive illusions” is easy

For years scientists have been trying to figure out some purely cultural explanation for the fact that…

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Nail Polish Does Not a Woman Make

Dear Mom,

In 1976, after Bruce Jenner won the decathlon, he transitioned into the role of a sports mega star, the (as many commentators called him) World’s Greatest Athlete, gracing the covers of many magazines, newspaper, and yes, even the Wheaties cereal box. 1,284 more words


Gender Performance and Ms. Jenner

Dear Christopher

Back in the 1980s and 90s when I was a high school English teacher you know I loved teaching Shakespearean plays. When my students saw Shakespeare’s portrait they were sure he was gay because of his long hair and earring. 615 more words

Coming Out

Get those jazz hands ready: The Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round

Week-by-week I’m building a stimulating and diverse library of baby books.

A Board Book Every Week: No. 8

The Wheels on the Bus illustrated by… 490 more words

Books I Like

Gender Busting Roles

Dear Christopher,

“June is busting out all over.” That song was the bane of my life in 7th and 8th grade. It is from the musical Carousel (for you younger folks who would not… 696 more words

Gender Roles

7 beauty tips for women who don't give a damn (or wish they didn't)

Gender stereotyping blows not just because it’s oppressive and unimaginative. It’s also grossly inaccurate. Say we meet, somewhere out in the real world. You discern immediately through various social cues that I am a woman. 715 more words

Living Green

Sex ed

My boyfriend asked me a question that confused me.

“Do women do something when they first come on their period?”

My response was obviously to take the mick and imply that we did ritualistic dances to thank the gods of fertility. 669 more words