Swedish toy company reverses genders in new catalogue

Top Toy, one of the largest toy companies in Sweden, is flipping the gender script in its Christmas catalogue. This year, girls are shown playing with toy guns, while boys are playing with dollhouses. The company was called out a few years ago by a watchdog group for its stereotypical advertising, and decided it needed to adapt to Sweden’s progressive attitudes about gender.

Here’s hoping someday American toy companies heed the call of girls like Riley and quit with the ridiculously gendered marketing too.

Top Toy, one of the largest toy companies in Sweden, is flipping the gender script in its Christmas catalogue. This year, girls are shown playing with toy guns, while boys are playing with dollhouses. The company ...

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How to write a trend piece on gender relations for Fox News

Suzanne Venker, niece of Phyllis Schlafly and one of my personal favorite anti-feminists, shows us how it’s done…

1) Give your article a “provocative” headline. “The war on men” should do the trick.

2) Pretend all gay, lesbian, and trans people do not exist.

3) Cherry-pick a single statistic that supports your argument. For example, point to a poll released recently last spring that found that the share of young women who say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives rose from 28 to 37 percent since 1997, while among young men it dropped from 35 to 29 percent. Ignore all other recent studies that show that men are just as eager as ...

Suzanne Venker, niece of Phyllis Schlafly and one of my personal favorite anti-feminists, shows us how it’s done…

1) Give your article a “provocative” headline. “The war on men” should do the trick.

2) Pretend all gay, lesbian, ...

Thanksgiving Open Thread

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Happy Thanksgiving! Feministing will be taking the next couple days off from our regular posting to spend time with friends and family and food. The e-card above notwithstanding (not to mention the awful historical roots of the day), Thanksgiving has always been my favorite day of the year. It’s really the only tradition I wholeheartedly embrace. In my utopian dreams, it is Thanksgiving everyday for everyone. We all get to spend all our time with people we love. We all have enough and we are all grateful for that. There’s no appalling inequality and there are no entitled assholes. Just mountains upon mountains of mashed potatoes. Until that day…

What are you thankful for?

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Happy Thanksgiving! Feministing will be taking the next couple days off from our regular posting to spend time with friends and family and food. The e-card above notwithstanding (not to mention the awful historical roots ...

What We Missed

This documentary about the feminist movement in the 1960s will be awesome. Donate to make it happen.

The amazing Cory Booker is going to live off food stamps for a week. Meanwhile, a terrible Fox News host jokes that they’d make for a great diet plan.

The Church of England narrowly blocked a move to allow female bishops.

Soledad O’Brien continues to be the best.

This documentary about the feminist movement in the 1960s will be awesome. Donate to make it happen.

The amazing Cory Booker is going to live off food stamps for a week. Meanwhile, a terrible Fox News ...

Stand with Walmart workers this Black Friday

“Because they don’t treat me like a human being.”

This Black Friday will be a special one for Walmart as employees from the store plan to strike on retail’s busiest day. Check this video out to find out why–and why we should support them.

Warning: Whatever you do, do NOT read the comments. I’m still kicking myself for it. Transcript here.

This strike follows a cluster of other Walmart strikes across the country over things like unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment, excessive hours, and low pay. Learn more after the jump.

“Because they don’t treat me like a human being.”

This Black Friday will be a special one for Walmart as employees from the store plan to strike on retail’s busiest day. Check this video out to find ...

WATCH: Bic is helping women be better writers and better women

As a writer, I’m graciously humbled that Bic finally decided to make a pen for my needs. My diary is never going to be the same. Not only are they made for women in sleekness and style, but they named it Cristal! She’s going to be my new BFF, I just know it!

Check out this great video from Eudora Peterson that shows how awesome (and meaningful to women’s lives) this pen really is!

“It’s half breast pump. You know you can write with your own breast milk”

And look! They got even got Ellen Degeneres to do a commercial for them!

Seriously, Maura Judkins makes a great point this WashingtonPost piece about the line:

Bic’s real mistake wasn’t making pink ...

As a writer, I’m graciously humbled that Bic finally decided to make a pen for my needs. My diary is never going to be the same. Not only are they made for women in sleekness and ...

Quick Hit: Which academic disciplines have the most women authors?

Based on research from the University of Washington’s Eigenfactor Project, The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a very cool interactive graphic displaying the gender distribution of academic authorship by discipline and era.

Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position.

Unsurprisingly, women are underrepresented across the board, and their visibility varies significantly by field. The predictable ...

Based on research from the University of Washington’s Eigenfactor Project, The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a very cool interactive graphic displaying the gender distribution of academic authorship by discipline and era.

Women’s presence in ...

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