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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Are We Doomed To Spinsterhood?

Nope!

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Parenting

The Montessori Approach to Gender Neutral Education

Last week I wrote a little about the self-proclaimed gender-neutral preschool in Stockholm, Egalia. There, the teachers make an effort to use gender-neutral pronouns and to help the children realize their capabilities in many areas. As a former Montessori teacher, as I read the article, I was a little surprised at the stir caused by […]

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Parenting

Friends, it’s Time for School

Last week, an article caught my eye. It was about the Egalia preschool in Stockholm where the staff has stopped using pronouns that refer to gender, such as “she” and “he.” Instead, they call everyone “friends.” In some situations, this works.

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: What’s the Deal with Interdisciplinary Work?

Earlier this year, as I stepped into a cool classroom holding one of the many interdisciplinary seminar series I take part in, I was surprised by the number of men in the room ““ there were three of them! Every other such interdisciplinary event was marked by the complete or near complete lack of men […]

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Books

Delusions of Gender

We’ve all been buffeted in the past few years with claims that women and men grow out of boys and girls who are “hard-wired” at birth to be boys and girls and men and women that fill stereotypical roles. Based on what I know about the people reading Persephone Magazine, I expect many if not […]

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New Show Recap

Recap: America’s Next Top Model, Episode 16.4, “Antiquated Gender Roles — Fierce!”

Are you ready, Persephone readers? It’s once again time to play “I can’t believe I watch this show. Me, an actual adult!” I have a cocktail, the overwhelming encouragement of my husband (“I don’t care what you do”), and I’m ready to recap America’s Next Top Model — a show so acute and complex, it […]

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Feminism

The Mother Of All Roles

I was watching the Oscars the other night in bed, trying to stay awake to see my betrothed Colin Firth win that long overdue award, when Natalie Portman won for Best Actress In A Leading Role. I thought her speech was very poignant and sweet. I especially loved the way she thanked her parents for […]

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Technology

Social Media: Is It a Woman’s World Now?

Women and men are socialized differently, and have been for centuries, long before computers and mobile phones became part of our daily lives. It follows logically, then, that men and woman use social media in different ways. Namely, women are more likely to use social media recreationally and to impart a high level of interest […]

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Life

Do Men Need “An Idiot’s Guide to Gender Roles”?

While flipping (electronically) through the Huffington Post, I came across an article titled “Men in the Post-Women’s Lib World: Should We Give Them a How-To Guide?” by Janet Carlson.  At least half of this article’s appeal (to me, anyway) derives from the fact that it’s piggy-backing off the plethora of “What about the men?”-type articles […]