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In Phenomenon Seen Across Species, the Ladies Have It

Female mammals typically live longer, likely owing to genetics

(Newser) - It's not just in human populations that females tend to live longer than males. The same trend has been seen in mammals such as elephants, lions, and orcas, according to a new study. Indeed, demographic data for 134 populations of 101 mammalian species shows females outlive males in 60%... More »

Fans Mocked Only Girl on School Hockey Team. She Scored Twice

Fans yelled insults about Alyssa Wruble, put up a 'gender reveal' sign

(Newser) - With two older brothers, a longtime love of ice hockey, and a competitive streak that enables her to brush off low-key trash-talking during games, Pennsylvania teen Alyssa Wruble knows what it is to be tough. As the only girl on Northampton Area High School's varsity team, the 17-year-old tells... More »

Felon to Be Released Due to Gender Change

Josie Smith will be released due to lack of male hormones

(Newser) - It's all in the hormones, apparently. A convicted sex criminal won't be serving a full prison sentence in Iowa after changing gender identity from male to female, KYouTV reports. Joseph Matthew Smith—now Josie Smith—was sent to prison in December 2015 after molesting up to 15 children,... More »

Paul Haggis Must Face 'Hate Crime' Accusation

Haleigh Breest's accusation against him can stand, court rules

(Newser) - A movie director's alleged rape of a colleague is now an alleged hate crime. On Thursday, a New York appeals court ruled that accuser Haleigh Breest can proceed with her claim that Paul Haggis perpetrated a gender-motivated hate crime when he allegedly raped her in 2013, per the Hollywood ... More »

How 'Social Norms' Are Stressing Out Husbands

In America, women's pay is affecting men's mental health: study

(Newser) - American husbands don't mind their wives making money—but over 40% of their combined income? Then it's time for the man cave. So says a new study that measured male stress in roughly 6,000 US couples over a 15-year stretch, CBS News reports. Husbands in the study... More »

M-W in Fighting Mode on One of Its New Words

'They' can now be used as a singular, gender nonbinary pronoun, per Merriam-Webster

(Newser) - "Deep state," "dad joke," and "escape room" may seem ubiquitous in our modern vernacular, but now they're officially part of it. Merriam-Webster has announced the addition of more than 500 words, terms, and new meanings, an etymological evolution it calls "a happy fact... More »

A New Role Awaits Men in Coal Country

In one Kentucky county, it's women who bring home the bacon

(Newser) - Welcome to Letcher County in Kentucky, where coal's decline is changing time-honored gender roles. As men struggle to find work, women are entering a field in need of people—health care—and bringing home relatively small but still invaluable paychecks, the New York Times reports. "The mines have... More »

Colorado School Shooter Reveals His Motive

Alec McKinney says he targeted kids over gender taunts

(Newser) - A high school student charged in a classmate's death during a Colorado school shooting told police that he planned the attack for weeks and intended to target classmates who repeatedly mocked his gender identity, the AP reports. Written summaries of police interviews with the two suspected shooters portray 16-year-old... More »

Sam Smith: I'm Non-Binary

Singer reveals he is 'not male or female'

(Newser) - Sam Smith is "not male or female," the English singer revealed in a recent Instagram interview with Jameela Jamil . "I think I flow somewhere in between. It's all on the spectrum," he says, per the BBC and Entertainment Weekly . "I've always had a... More »

Female Candidates: New 'Challenge' for Dems?

Gender-equality groups are thrilled, but it's not clear who to support

(Newser) - Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge"—four or more women running for president in 2020, the AP reports. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect... More »

Parents Complain About Survey Sent to Fifth Graders

It asked about their sexual history and gender identity

(Newser) - A survey that asked fifth-grade students in Vermont about their sexual history, preference, and gender identity has drawn complaints from parents, the AP reports. The survey sent to Windsor Elementary School students was conducted by WISE, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and advocacy group, WPTZ-TV reported. A notice was sent... More »

In Women's Heart Attacks, a Doctor's Gender Matters

Chance of death is greater with male doctor: study

(Newser) - Women suffering from a heart attack seem to have a better chance of survival if they're treated by a female doctor, according to a new study in PNAS . Using data on 582,000 heart attack patients admitted to Florida emergency rooms from 1991 to 2010, researchers found that women... More »

He Wanted a New Car. Insurance Was Steep. He Had a Plan.

Canadian driver applied for gender status change on paperwork to cut his premium rates

(Newser) - "I'm a man, 100%. Legally, I'm a woman," a Canadian man boasts to the CBC in explaining how he "beat the system" to save $900 a year on his car insurance. How "David" of Alberta (who requested anonymity) did it: He got a doctor'... More »

10 Most Gender-Neutral Baby Names in America

And you thought 'Charlie' was a boy's name

(Newser) - Coming up with a baby name is no easy feat, with sound, meaning, and nicknames to consider. Coming up with two, a boy and a girl name in cases where the baby's gender isn't known, is even harder. Luckily, soon-to-be parents can avoid this. Gender-neutral baby names are... More »

Newspaper Editor Canned After Twitter Kerfuffle

Denis Finley of 'Free Press' said Vt. driver's license change on gender would bring on 'apocalypse'

(Newser) - Denis Finley has taken to Twitter to call Politico a "whore," sniff about David Letterman's upcoming Netflix show featuring Barack Obama, and call for the destruction of all office buildings, but it was his tweets about a potential change to Vermont's driver's licenses that cost... More »

Fired Engineer: Google Smeared, 'Shamed Me'

James Damore says he only wanted to 'improve Google'

(Newser) - The fired engineer considering legal action against Google now says his former employer is trying to smear his reputation. James Damore, 28, tells Bloomberg his 3,300-word memo —blasting "unfair" diversity policies on the basis that biological and psychological differences with men make women ill-suited for tech jobs—... More »

Google Fires Guy Who Wrote Gender Memo

He says he was canned for 'perpetuating stereotypes'

(Newser) - A male Google engineer who authored a controversial memo on why he thinks women aren't suited to tech jobs is now searching for new employment. James Damore confirmed to Bloomberg that he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" and that he's "currently exploring all possible legal... More »

Oregon Driver's Licenses to Undergo a Novel Change

'X,' or non-specified, is now a gender option

(Newser) - Jamie Shupe expects to stand out front of an Oregon DMV early next month and cry. And not for the reasons you'd expect. Shupe intends to be one of the first to take advantage of what is a first for America: a change to Oregon's driver's licenses... More »

Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Family says short hair was the issue; organizers say it was a clerical error

(Newser) - Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club's tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the... More »

MTV Makes a Hollywood First at Movie Awards

Emma Watson wins gender-neutral acting honors for role in 'Beauty and the Beast'

(Newser) - Sunday night's MTV Movie and TV Awards is getting more attention than usual thanks to a first among major awards shows: In handing out its top acting honors, the show ditched the separate categories for male and female actors. As a result, Emma Watson won Best Actor in a... More »

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