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Sweden's New Rating System: Is the Movie Sexist?

Cinemas experiment with the 'Bechdel test'

(Newser) - A handful of movie theaters in Sweden have rolled out a new rating system to let viewers know whether a movie is sexist, reports the AP . The simple test: Does it have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man? If so,... More »

Young Engineers: Toy Chain Busts Gender Stereotypes

Girls invade the 'pink aisle' for GoldieBlox

(Newser) - A new ad from a new company called GoldieBlox is drawing rave reviews for its stereotype-busting premise: It shows little girls invading the "pink aisle" of a toy store to demand toys that set them on the path toward becoming engineers and scientists, reports the Mary Sue blog . GoldieBlox... More »

Teacher Bias Hurts Girls in Math

University of Texas study: Teachers give girls unfair ratings

(Newser) - White girls can't add? According to a national survey, high school teachers rate the math skills of white girls as being lower than those of white boys, even when their test scores are comparable, LiveScience reports. Calling the bias "relatively small in magnitude," two researchers at the... More »

Girls, Boys Equals at Math

Perceived differences a matter of culture, not biology: study

(Newser) - Cross another stereotype off the list: Any differences between men's and women's math abilities are cultural, not innate, a study finds. Studies that have suggested such differences covered too few countries to give an accurate picture, researchers say. The new study, however, reviewed math scores across 86 countries,... More »

Second-Grade Girls Already Bailing on Math

Study finds stereotype reaches kids strikingly early

(Newser) - A disturbingly high proportion of little girls have absorbed the stereotype that math is for boys by the time they reach the second grade, a new study finds. Researchers found that little boys and girls alike tend to associate enjoyment of math with boys, MSNBC reports. "We still don’... More »

'Mama's Boys' Have Better Mental Health

Boys who stay close with mom avoid unhealthy stereotypes

(Newser) - Being what Time describes as a "mama's boy" is good for you, a new study suggests. An Arizona State professor followed 426 boys through middle school to find out when and to what extent they embraced stereotypically male qualities like emotional reserve and physical toughness. He found that boys... More »

Pretty Women Who Want 'Manly' Jobs: Get Ugly

Study shows, sometimes, it hurts to be beautiful

(Newser) - Thinking about buying a sexy new outfit to up your chances at scoring a new job? Think again…if you’re a woman applying to be, say, a tow truck driver. A new study shows that attractive women are actually less likely to be hired to fill positions that are... More »

Barack Obama Is a Woman

He's paying the price for his talk-it-out mentality

(Newser) - If Bill Clinton was our first black president, “then Barack Obama may be our first woman president,” writes Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post . He's not exactly girlie, but he's “suffering from a rhetorical-testosterone deficit.” Much as Toni Morrison wrote that Clinton “displays almost every... More »

Domestic Abuse Makes Your Penis Fall Off?

Ad screws up pitch to abused men

(Newser) - That lovely image of a man with an airbrushed-flat, genitals-free crotch is a new ad from the UK’s National Centre of Domestic Violence, aimed at male abuse victims. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a disaster, writes Sady Doyle on Salon . The text is gentle and understanding:... More »

Lame Dads Rule in Kids Books

Old dad, poor dad as out of it as ever in kid lit

(Newser) - Despite major upheavals in gender roles, clueless dads unable to parent or set a table still rule in children's books—if they exist at all—laments one stay-at-home father. "I’m aware that there is plenty of good-natured humor to be had from lampooning fathers," writes columnist Damon... More »

Vatican: Washing Machine Liberated Women

(Newser) - The Vatican’s newspaper appears to have come out in support of the washing machine as God’s greatest gift to women in the 20th century, Reuters reports. A weekend article in l'Osservatore Romano suggested that the time-saving gadget polls ahead of birth-control and suffrage in liberating the fairer sex.... More »

'Sexist' Airline Ad Riles Up UK TV Viewers

Virgin Atlantic defends spot; standards board says it's 'humorous'

(Newser) - A Virgin Atlantic TV ad featuring female flight attendants strutting through Heathrow Airport while harried male passengers ogle them is not sexist, Britain’s advertising watchdog has ruled. The ad, celebrating Virgin’s 25th anniversary, drew 29 complaints, reports the Telegraph. Critics cried stereotyping; the independent Advertising Standards Authority said... More »

Bitch vs. Ditz: '08 Campaign Was a Setback for Women

Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton delivered major blows to feminism, gender equality

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin shattered the glass ceiling in politics, but the broken shards sharply undercut the feminist movement. “In the grand Passion play that was this election, both Clinton and Palin came to represent—and, at times, reinforce—two of the most pernicious stereotypes that are applied... More »

Female Bombers Not So Different From Men

Women's motivation is no different

(Newser) - Female suicide bombers have captured much media attention of late, inspiring analysts to think they've been used, or manipulated. The truth, writes political scientist Lindsey O’Rourke in the New York Times, is that they're not that different from their male counterparts. O’Rourke has spent years studying every known... More »

Girls=Boys in Math, Says Study

Gender gap discovered in the 1970s has been closed, researchers say

(Newser) - Girls are just as good as boys at math, says an exhaustive study of 7 million test scores from elementary through high school students, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The findings, to be published tomorrow in Science, are at odds with 30-year-old studies—and a view entrenched in our... More »

From Britain With Love: MI6 Seeks Minorities

Spy agency wants women, Asians, Arabs, to help fight terrorism

(Newser) - Next year's 007's may look more like Charlie's Angels than James Bond, as MI6 seeks to recruit more women and minority agents, the AP reports. The drive, which has netted 20,000 résumés over the past 12 months, welcomes Asian and Middle Eastern language speakers, the disabled, and... More »

Voters May Yet Warm Up to Michelle Obama

Would-be first lady reaches out to women by hosting The View

(Newser) - Nicknamed "the closer," Michelle Obama is known for winning over voters—but many still have not warmed up to her, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A recent poll shows that 42% of voters have an unfavorable view of her and 25% are "very unfavorable." The first... More »

She Does All the Talking, Ergo, He's Not a Man

We don't like couples that break with gender roles, study finds

(Newser) - The fairer sex should also be the quieter, according to a new study that found both sexes look more harshly upon couples in which she does the talking. Gender equality be danged, "We have these gender stereotypes where we expect men to be dominant," the lead researcher told... More »

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