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Being Sole Breadwinner Stresses Men Out More Than Women

Women actually enjoy better mental health when they earn more than their husbands

(Newser) - It's better for everyone when women earn as much as or more than their husbands. So say researchers at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle after looking at surveys of 9,000 married young men and women between 1997 and 2011 via the National... More »

New Barbie Ad Features a Fabulous First

Mattel collaborates with Moschino in latest Barbie release

(Newser) - Barbie, long the at-times controversial dominion of little girls everywhere, looks to be courting another, more unlikely group in Mattel's latest iteration of the doll, a collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house Moschino. The Moschino Barbie sold out in less than an hour when she debuted last week, reports... More »

Why Men Kill Themselves Far More Often Than Women

Social perfectionism could be at work

(Newser) - "In every country in the world, male suicides outnumber female," writes Will Storr in Mosaic . And not by a little bit: In the world's most suicidal countries, the male suicide rate is often six or eight times the female rate (Quartz has a pretty staggering graphic here... More »

Men Really Are More Narcissistic

Men tend to feel more entitled, assertive than women: study

(Newser) - Prepare to be the more gloating sex, ladies: A "meta-analytic review" of 31 years of research has led University at Buffalo researchers to the conclusion that men are more narcissistic than women. The researchers pored over 355 papers that encompassed findings on 475,000 subjects and found their conclusion... More »

Girl Agitates for Female Superheroes, Becomes One

DC Comics pays tribute to Rowan Hansen

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl in Illinois made headlines last month when she wrote to DC Comics wondering why there weren't more female superheroes and why the ones who did exist got stuck with "not very practical" costumes. The company first answered Rowan Hansen via tweet , "Thanks, Rowan. We... More »

CUNY Teachers Can't Call Students 'Mr' or 'Ms'

New rule in effect for correspondence at Graduate Center

(Newser) - In what appears to be a first-of-its kind policy, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has told its staffers not to address students in written correspondence as "Mr.," Mrs.," or "Ms.," reports the Wall Street Journal . The school says the move... More »

Men Take Way More Selfies Than Women

Survey by HTC says they're twice as likely, at least in Britain

(Newser) - When it comes to selfies, it looks like men are the vanity champs. A survey in Britain by smartphone maker HTC found that young guys are twice as likely to post a selfie—figure three times a week, on average, versus 1.6 for women, reports the Irish Examiner . And... More »

Coming Soon: Female Lego Scientists

Toy maker responds to criticism

(Newser) - Lego has apparently heard the criticism that its plastic universe is mostly a boys' club, and things will change this summer. A new line of figurines due out in August will feature a female chemist, paleontologist, and astronomer, reports Time . The set was suggested by a female geochemist in Sweden... 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 »

Sorry, Guys: You've Gone the Way of the Dodo

Guys are obsolete, at least in the historical sense: Hanna Rosin

(Newser) - Guys, you're obsolete. Not literally, but as men "as we've historically come to define them—entitled to power, destined for leadership, arrogant, confused by anything that isn't them," Hanna Rosin writes for Time in an excerpt of her book, The End of Men. For one... More »

Holidays Bring 'Third Shift' to Overworked Women

Brigid Schulte: Too often, it's moms responsible for 'Christmas magic'

(Newser) - Generally speaking, it's the women in American families who feel the most stress about creating "Christmas magic" this time of year, writes Brigid Schulte in the Washington Post . She cites a psychological survey, personal experience, and all kinds of anecdotal evidence to make the case that it's... More »

Female Hunters On the Rise

Men still dominate, but women's numbers are steadily rising

(Newser) - This year's hunting season brings evidence of a steady trend over recent years: More female hunters are out in the woods toting shotguns. National Geographic takes note of Census Bureau stats that show women now make up 11% of the nation's 13.7 million hunters, up from 9%... More »

New Trend in Marketing: Meet the 'Manfluencers'

It's recognition that more guys are doing the household shopping

(Newser) - You may have heard the term "mancession," coined because the recent recession took a bigger toll on men than women. But "manfluencers"? That, as Quartz explains, is a trademarked term from Midan Marketing, whose survey revealed that 47% of US men now do most of the... More »

She Might Be NFL's First Female Referee

Sarah Thomas among the pack up for next permanent promotion

(Newser) - One female ref got a brief taste of life in the NFL last season when the league locked out union referees, but when the impasse ended, things went back to being an all-boys club. That has a real chance of changing on a permanent basis, perhaps this season or... 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 »

Mom's the 'Breadwinner' for 40% of US Families

But in many cases, it's because she's a struggling single parent

(Newser) - You kids had better respect your moms: In a skyrocketing number of American homes, she's the one putting food on the table as stay-at-home moms become things of the past. Women are now the primary or only income source for 40% of US households with kids, according to a... More »

Meet the 'Stay-at-Home Dude'

He's the homemaker in a couple without kids

(Newser) - Finn Boulding is married, his wife has a great job, and he is the happy, unemployed-by-choice homemaker in the relationship. Not that unusual, right? Plenty of stay-at-home dads exist in the world. Except Boulding and his wife don't have kids, and they don't plan to have them. "... 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 »

Hasbro to Meet Girl Fighting for Less 'Girly' Easy-Bake

As top male chefs rally behind her

(Newser) - Hasbro has agreed to meet with the 13-year-old New Jersey girl who caught the nation's attention by starting a petition demanding a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven . McKenna Pope will meet with Hasbro's Easy-Bake team on Monday to discuss her ideas, the Consumerist reports. McKenna's petition, which laments that... More »

About Time: Toy Catalog Flips Kids' Gender Roles

Swedish company lets girls wear blue, boys play with dolls

(Newser) - Swedish retailer Top Toy has put out a catalog this year with images of girls shooting Nerf guns and boys, gasp, playing with dolls. It's long overdue, writes Sarah Ditum in the Guardian . "The amazing thing is that gender roles for children have become so calcified that such... More »

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