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Aug11

Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health

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Think Progress

Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health

Raising children in societies that adhere to rigid gender roles, with fixed ideas about what should be considered "masculine" and "feminine," can actually be detrimental to their physical and mental health, according to a study that observed 14-year-olds' interactions over a three month period.

Jul29

The Problem With Masculinity

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Huffington Post

The Problem With Masculinity

We are all -- every single one of us -- representations of both the masculine and feminine. Let us have the courage to honor both such forces within ourselves. In doing so, we can bring back the balance.

Jul21

The End of 'Genius'

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NYTimes

The End of 'Genius'

At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities, two cultures or traditions, or two people, or even a single person and the voice inside her head. Indeed, thinking itself is a kind of download of dialogue between ourselves and others. And when we listen to creative people describe breakthrough moments that occur when they are alone, they often mention the sensation of having a conversation in their own minds.

Jul21

As Babies, We Knew Morality

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The Atlantic

As Babies, We Knew Morality

New research supports the understanding that all people are born with a sense of good and bad. What does that say about altruism, community, and the capacity to kill one another?

Jul21

The social brain and its superpowers

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TEDxStLouis

The social brain and its superpowers

Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains that through his studies he's learned that our kryptonite is ignoring the importance of our social superpowers

Jul21

Young Men Want Intimacy Too

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Time

Young Men Want Intimacy Too

A new study finds that boys want relationships, not just sex

Jul21

Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

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The Atlantic

Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

So if the pursuit of career success comes at the expense of social bonds, then an individual's well-being could suffer. That's because community is strongly connected to well-being. In a 2004 study, social scientists John Helliwell and Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, examined the well-being of a large sample of people in Canada, the United States, and in 49 nations around the world. They found that social connections -- in the form of marriage, family, ties to friends and neighbors, civic engagement, workplace ties, and social trust -- "all appear independently and robustly related to happiness and life satisfaction, both directly and through their impact on health."

Jul18

How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

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Huffington Post

How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

It is hard to know what to do, but, even within this dark day, we need to continue to insist on the possibility of peace -- and to have that start with ourselves.

Jul17

We Are Human

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We Are Human

Jul14

The power of vulnerability

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TEDxHouston

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Jul07

The political motives of mass killers

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Al Jazeera America

The political motives of mass killers

By highlighting how everyday misogyny helped produce Rodger, that his views were mainstream and reflected and were encouraged by our entire culture, the campaign begins to point toward solutions. Only by recognizing his act's political nature was it possible to imagine how future Rodgers could be stopped: through smashing the patriarchy and the rape culture that produced him.

Jul07

By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things 'More Right'

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NYTimes

By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things 'More Right'

Restorative justice, a process with roots in Native American and other indigenous cultures that resurfaced in the United States and abroad in the 1970s, has begun to make headway in some states, including Massachusetts, where legislation was introduced last year to promote its practice. It brings offenders and victims together voluntarily. Offenders take responsibility and acknowledge the impact their actions had on their victims and loved ones as well as their own families and neighborhoods. The victim is given a chance to ask questions of the offenders and share how their lives were affected by the crime. Advocates say it is key to rehabilitation and reduced recidivism.

Jul03

Like a Girl: How an ad campaign is trying to redefine the phrase

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CTV News

Like a Girl: How an ad campaign is trying to redefine the phrase

What does it mean to do something "like a girl?" That's the question being asked in a new viral ad campaign that's challenging what the phrase means, while seeking to champion girls' confidence.

Jul03

Feminist high school boys declare: "I am a feminist"

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Feminist Teacher blog

Feminist high school boys declare: "I am a feminist"

Thinks boys can't be feminists? The seven boys who have taken my high school feminism class in the last two years disagree. They even got together to make a video to share the ways in which feminism has made an impact on their lives as young men.

Jun26

The New American Man Doesn't Look Like His Father

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NPR

The New American Man Doesn't Look Like His Father

... today's men are searching for a way to reconcile old ideas related to strength with the need to be better listeners, more cooperative and more open to others.

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