gender 

Does more morning sickness mean you're having a girl?

Second trimester ultrasounds have taken the guesswork out of pregnancy. If you want to know if you should paint the nursery blue or a sweet shade of pink, all you have to do is ask. But for couples who choose not to find out the sex of their baby or...

Adoption - it's a guy thing

From Mary McDonnell finding an abandoned baby in the bushes while jogging in Grand Canyon to Jennifer Garner's desire to adopt in Juno, it would seem that Hollywood, if not the rest of the world, sees adoption as primarily a female goal. According to...

The myth of gender bias in school

You know that old saying about the glass being half full? Well, for some time now, speculation has been that when that glass is half full for girls, it's half-empty for boys. Ever since the passing of Title IX, which bans discrimination in...

Parents to delay child's puberty?

If you could delay the onset of your child's puberty, would you? One set of parents is definitely considering it. Their eleven-year-old son, Armand, was born a male but was convinced that he is indeed a girl. Armand's case is not isolated. As we...

Pregnancy fact or fiction: determining baby's gender

Guess what, folks--it can't be done. Unless you have a bonafide medium/psychic in your midst, hard science makes it darn near impossible to prove there is a way to determine your baby to be's gender without the aid of one of those scary blood...

Sharing a dorm room

Parents of college-bound children, beware! Boys and girls, your innocent little babies, perhaps, are co-habitating in a single dorm room, with school approval! Even well-known, respectable schools such as Brown University, Oberlin College, and the...

Is Horton a gender-biased flick?

Though my kids seemed to love Horton Hears a Who, I left sputtering quietly under my breath. If you haven't seen it, I don't think this is a spoiler, but be warned anyway: The Mayor of Whoville has 96 daughters and one son, which...ok, fine. But...

Tips for telling your boss you're pregnant

I've now had the experience of sharing with two separate bosses the news of my impending joy. No one knew how it would go, regardless of whether it was rehearsed or just seemed like an opportune moment. Reactions vary by person depending on what...

Transgenderism and school

As noted in the article referenced here, collective understanding has it that people tend to play with gender roles, figure out who they really are and test the boundaries of societal norms when they hit high school, or college. In Colorado,...

She's leaving home, bye, bye

A couple of weeks ago, Rachel had the flu. It wasn't enough to keep her home from school, but it did have her in bed the rest of the time. That weekend, I opted to take the kids out on my own so that she could rest up and get better. We went to their...

No Name Calling Week

Five years ago, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) started a campaign to help bring an end to name-calling among kids. Aimed at children in grades 5 through 8, the program offers tools and inspiration intended to open up a dialog...

In the men's room

As a year-end bonus, the company I work for gave all the employees an extra day off -- New Year's Eve. Rachel and I decided to take the kids downtown for the day. Rachel needed some maternity clothes and wanted to check out the big Old Navy store...

Law lets boys and girls share locker rooms?

When I was in college, I had a locker in the women's locker room for a few semesters. No, I wasn't a cross-dresser nor have I since had a sex change operation. I was one of the more advanced fencers and, as such, had a locker at the top of the stairs...

Would you admit you wanted a girl (or boy)?

A reader made a comment on a recent post of mine that I thought was worth exploring. The comment was regarding how she didn't understand why some women would prefer to not have girls given that the mothers to be were girls themselves. I'd been...

The real difference between boys and girls

Today, Ellie asked me to explain to her the difference between boys and girls. Clearly, regardless of my own opinions on the matter, it is not about the hair. Realizing that perhaps I do have some of my own ingrained gender-based stereotypes, I...

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