I’m not one for silly pink and blue codes when it comes to babies. Whether you want your son to live in a Pepto Bismol sphere or your daughter to play with Thomas trucks may be enough to bait The Gender Police, but whatever floats your kid’s bathtub boats. Not so much the case for 25-year-old Sarah Sharples who was told that she was expecting a girl and promptly shelled out for just about every pink baby item imaginable — and then gave birth to a boy. Save those receipts, ladies. You never know when a wonky sonogram or an elusive fetus will have you regretting your highly gendered purchases. More
What would your favorite pin-up girls look like if they were hot dudes instead of sexy ladies? A: Adorable but ridiculous, if these photos are to be believed. In an effort to examine and de-normalize (I can make up words) the way women are depicted in society, photographer Rion Sabean created the “Men-Ups” project, wherein men are shown in traditional pin-up (girl) poses. More
Regardless of whether they use male or female aliases. More
Do you like those headbands people put on baby girls whose hair hasn’t grown in yet, but wish they were creepier and more ridiculous? Have I got the product for you! More
Another day, another rad art project about gender. In an effort to explore the changing dynamics of heterosexual relationships, Spanish photographer Jon Uriarte has taken some striking portraits of men in their girlfriends’ clothes. But unlike the makeup project I discussed recently, this project is more about “masculinity” (and what that even means anymore) than the daily performance expectations placed upon feminized bodies. Writes Uriarte: More
I know there was a lot of backlash over the recent sexualization of Merida, the princess in Disney’s Brave. Parents signed petitions, wrote blog posts, and even got the creator to say how disappointed she was with the changes. But there’s one thing I need to know: where were these people to help Rainbow Bright and Strawberry Shortcake? More
White smoke has finally blown above the Sistine Chapel as bells rang at approximately 7 p.m. local time in Vatican City, signaling the choice for a new pope has been made. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will now be known as Pope Francis I. He is the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be appointed as pope, both of which are steps away from tradition for the Roman Catholic Church.
But what of other traditions? The prohibition of women being ordained as priests — and thereby disallowing the possibility of a female pope — is one many have been asking about during this papal election. So, why can’t there be a female pope? More
“I’m not androgynous,” she stresses, holding her drink with tattooed fingers. “There is no ambiguity with me.” More
I have a confession to make, you guys. Ever since I got a job where I have to look at stories about her regularly, I’ve found Kristen Stewart irresistibly attractive. What is wrong with me? Let’s explore. More
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So, I kind of like Kanye West for a change… More
I’ve never been pregnant, so I can’t really speculate on how it feels to have people constantly rubbing your belly and asking you “what are you having?” More
Flowers or vegetables? Dancing or crabbing? Boys or girls? Choose wisely or you’ll be sent to the sanitorium. More
Have you ever looked at two people sitting next to each other on the subway and wondered what it would look like if they switched clothes with each other and then went back to sitting casually in the exact same positions as before? No? Well, my weird friends and I have, which is why we were so stoked to find out that a Vancouver artist named Hana Pesut has made a project of visually answering that question. For her “Switcheroo” portraits, she has two (often quite different-looking) people switch outfits and positions with each other, often with humorous results. It’s also interesting how the people in the images can disappear into one another, showing the huge role clothing plays in how we perceive others. Here are some of my favorites. More