Gender

Articles on gender issues.

TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)Image courtesy of Disney Junior.

TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. (Slate)

Originally Published: Slate.com • July 21, 2014 

It’s 2013, not 1985, but it’s still considerably harder for my preschool-age daughter to find representations of herself onscreen than it will be for our newborn son, once he starts watching TV.

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Is Diet Soda Girly? Marketing companies take on gender contamination, the idea that when women flock to a product, men flee

Is Diet Soda Girly? Marketing companies take on gender contamination, the idea that when women flock to a product, men flee

Originally Published: Slate • August 13, 2013 

Marketers, as well as anyone who’s been to a Toys R Us in the last 10 years, are well aware that a common way to goose sales is to split a market by gender. Read more...

Why Women Should Buy Cars Online: How virtual negotiations reverse biasPhoto by Jeff Carson

Why Women Should Buy Cars Online: How virtual negotiations reverse bias

Originally Published: Slate • August 5, 2013 

When I wrote in March about the ways the auto industry still fails to understand women—especially at car dealerships—I didn’t realize that a few months later I’d actually be buying a new car myself.

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Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?Photo by George Ruiz

Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?

Originally Published: Slate • May 19, 2011

The first of many fraught decisions a mother faces—one she makes before she’s even a mom—is the choice between “natural” (unmedicated) and pain-free (anesthetized) childbirth. Read more...