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Boys Dressed as Women Told to Change or Leave School

Even though they'd been told to wear celebrity costumes

(Newser) - A school in Washington state asked students to dress up as celebrities—but after two boys arrived dressed as Miss America and Nikki Minaj, they were urged to ditch the costumes or leave, King 5 reports. "If they really wanted Spirit Week, why punish somebody for being spirited?" asks... More »

Teen Sues to Retake DMV Photo With Makeup

Chase Culpepper wears makeup and women's clothing

(Newser) - A 16-year-old in South Carolina wants a driver's license photo redo—but not to look better. Chase Culpepper, who describes himself as "gender nonconforming," says he wears makeup and women's clothing and jewelry every day, and that when he was forced to take off the makeup... More »

Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series

13-year-old pitches shutout

(Newser) - Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "you throw like a girl" is now a compliment. The 13-year-old pitched a shutout against a Delaware team yesterday, leading her Philadelphia squad—the Taney Dragons—to the Little League World Series, reports the AP . Mo’Ne struck out six with help from her... More »

DMV Forces Teen to Remove Makeup for License Photo

Chase Culpepper is male, but identifies as gender nonconforming

(Newser) - Chase Culpepper is a teen who wears women's clothing and makeup on a regular basis. That is, until he was forced to remove said makeup for his driver's license picture. The DMV says it does not allow "disguises" in photos, but 16-year-old Culpepper, who identifies as gender... More »

Female-Named Storms Kill More

We're not as afraid of them, don't prepare as much, study finds

(Newser) - Our hurricane-naming system taps into an unconscious sexism—and the results are potentially disastrous, researchers say. A study suggests that when we hear a female name for a hurricane, we're less worried, and thus less likely to prepare adequately, than we would be if the name were male, the... More »

India Recognizes a Third Gender

Transgender recognition a 'human rights issue': high court

(Newser) - In a major Supreme Court decision today, India is changing the way it defines gender. Transgender people are now officially considered a third gender, along with male and female, the Washington Post reports. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a... More »

Christian School Warns Girl, 8: You're Too Boyish

Sunnie Kahle removed from school after letter

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl's grandparents received a warning letter from her western Virginia school: Sunnie Kahle, the letter suggested, isn't feminine enough—and risked getting kicked out of the institution. "We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female... More »

Facebook Offering Users 50 Gender Options

Users no longer have to identify as just male or female

(Newser) - Facebook is giving users more options than just "male" and "female" to describe themselves on the social network—a lot more. Starting today, the company will allow any of 50 different gender terms to be used, including androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid, and transsexual, the AP reports. In... More »

Iran's Women Soccer Players Told to Take Gender Tests

And a few have already failed, officials say

(Newser) - Think mandatory PED testing in baseball is bad? Players in Iran's professional female soccer leagues will have to undergo gender tests to make sure they're really female, the Telegraph reports. The ruling comes after a few top players, including four on the national team, turned out to be... More »

Germany Creates 3rd Gender

Baby can be 'indeterminate' at birth

(Newser) - Baby boy or baby girl? As of today, parents in Germany have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn's birth certificate blank if the baby's sex can't be determined. As many as one in 2,000 people are born with ambiguous genitalia,... More »

Activists Fume Over Quick Fix in Western Wall Gender Fight

Plaza offers site for mixed prayer

(Newser) - Jerusalem's Western Wall has been embroiled in controversy over prayer rules tied to gender, and the latest attempt at a solution is rubbing many the wrong way. Backed by the Israeli minister for Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, a new, 4800-square-foot prayer plaza is meant to offer an equal-opportunity praying location,... More »

Mammal Moms Can Choose Baby's Sex

They subconsciously produce boys or girls, based on a slew of factors

(Newser) - Call it "sneaky Machiavellian girl power," as the lead researcher does in the Washington Post . His study in PloS One concludes that female mammals have the innate ability to determine the sex of their offspring. It's not a conscious decision—the expectant moms somehow factor in a... More »

'Neither' Now an Acceptable Gender in Australia

Person who doesn't identify as male or female wins court case

(Newser) - You don't have to be a man or a woman in Australia anymore if you don't want to be. An appeals court today ruled in favor of a Sydney activist who goes only by the first name Norrie, who identifies as "neuter," and who wants to... More »

Te'o Spent Hours on Phone With Guy Playing His 'Girlfriend'

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's lawyer says he affected a female voice

(Newser) - You probably didn't think this was possible, but the Manti Te'o story just got even weirder. A source close to Te'o has given ESPN phone records that appear to indicate that Te'o did indeed spend hours on the phone with someone he thought was Lennay Kekua—... More »

Maybe Obama Needs a Binder Full of Women

Margaret Carlson notes the lack of diversity in Obama's prospective Cabinet

(Newser) - Barack Obama's new Cabinet is coming into focus, and at this rate, it's going to look "more like the Augusta National Golf Club than America," quips Margaret Carlson in a Bloomberg column derisively titled "Obama to Romney: Send Me Your Binders Full of Women."... More »

Teen Wins Fight for Less 'Girly' Easy-Bake Oven

Hasbro adjusts colors, marketing in wake of McKenna Pope's campaign

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who complained to Hasbro that its purple and pink Easy-Bake Ovens needed to be a little more unisex for her 4-year-old brother has won: Thanks to her online petition, Hasbro is releasing a blue, silver, and black version—and adding boys to advertisements for the classic toy,... More »

Dad-Daughter Dances Axed for 'Gender Discrimination'

District also bans mom-son sports events after ACLU steps in

(Newser) - A Rhode Island school district has banned father-daughter dances—and mother-son sports events—because of "gender discrimination" after a challenge by the ACLU. A single mom complained that her daughter was shut out of a dance in Cranston, and the civil rights organization argued in a letter that the... More »

Women May Be Smarter, But They're Also Lazier

Despite longer lifespan, ladies are less active

(Newser) - Guys, here's something to cite the next time your gal is nagging you to get off the couch: An international study suggests that women are lazier than men. A paper published by Lancet this week surveyed 122 countries to find out how active the global population is, reports Time... More »

House Rejects Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

GOP argued abortion of female fetuses is 'real war on women'

(Newser) - The House fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus today, as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women's votes. The legislation would have made it a federal crime, subject to up to five years in prison, to perform or... More »

Hey, Guys: Women Are Better People Than You

And we all grow more moral as we age: study

(Newser) - Women are the more moral sex, making choices in light of others' needs, a study suggests. Men, on the other hand, tend to focus on themselves, the Telegraph reports. The female approach "tends to produce better decisions," says the philosopher who conducted the study. But both sexes become... More »

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