Tag: Gender

Heeding Warning Signs Before School Shootings

To the Editor: Re “When a Student Raises Red Flags, What Is the School’s Responsibility?” (news article, Dec. 5): As a clinical psychologist who has evaluated dozens of emotionally distressed students who may have posed a danger to their fellow students, I find the story of Oxford High School administrators allowing Ethan Crumbley back into […]

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In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic

PARIS — Perhaps France was always going to have a hard time with nonbinary pronouns. Its language is intensely gender-specific and fiercely protected by august authorities. Still, the furor provoked by a prominent dictionary’s inclusion of the pronoun “iel” has been remarkably virulent. Le Petit Robert, rivaled only by the Larousse in linguistic authority, chose […]

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Texas Rep. Targets Schools’ Books On Black History, Gender And Other Things That Make The Whites Uncomfortable

NewsOne Featured Video If one were in search of a picture-perfect modern example of how white supremacy works, they needn’t look any further than the Republican war on Critical Race Theory.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a million more times: White people have no idea what CRT is. And because they don’t […]

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BIPOC or POC? Equity or Equality? Debating Words on the Left

Some activists defend the focus on language, saying that the way people use words is not mere symbolism but is necessary to achieving justice. “Saying something like, ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank,’ instead of saying, ‘Banks are less likely to give loans to Black people,’ might feel like […]

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As Chinese Women Seek to Crack Male Professions, Schools Stand in the Way

When Vincy Li applied to a prestigious police academy graduate program in China, she knew her odds of success were low. After all, the school set quotas, typically capping the number of female students at no more than a quarter of the student body. But her chances were even lower. When the school released admissions […]

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Pregnancy Doesn’t Have to Feel Like a Perpetual Guilt Trip

Collage by Cathryn Virginia | Photos via Getty Images A column about being a pregnant trans dad, and all the prejudices, healthcare challenges, personal dilemmas, and joys that come with making a family in 2021. Anyone who has tried to conceive in a pre-planned way, or whose partner has, knows about the two-week wait. It’s […]

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Texas Removed an L.G.B.T.Q. Resource Page After a Candidate Complained

The State of Texas removed a web page that offered resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth after one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican primary challengers said its content was “offensive” and out of line with “Texas values.” The removal occurred shortly after the candidate, Don Huffines, denounced the website in a video that […]

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Thriving Stars: An initiative to improve gender representation in electrical engineering and computer science

The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science announced yesterday the Thriving Stars initiative, a new effort to improve gender representation in MIT’s largest doctoral graduate program. “All types of representation are vital to EECS at MIT, and Thriving Stars will unify multiple disparate efforts focusing on women and other underrepresented genders,” says Asu […]

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Gender-Neutral Pronouns: The Singular ‘They’ and Alternatives

The most natural coinages would be those that form a set with “she” and “he” such as “que” (“kwee”), “re” and “xe.” Could anything be closer to the heart of the L.G.B.T.Q. community than the first of those? And this is just a starter in the brainstorming exercise. The nonbinary community may pick it up […]

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Maria Ressa is Only the 18th Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize in 126 Years

In receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, the Philippine journalist Maria Ressa became only the 18th woman to be selected for the award in its 126-year history. With half the world made up of women, the obvious question arises: Why have so few been granted the committee’s most prestigious prize and, more broadly, been […]

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The Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘They’ Causes a Stir

Feedback on my newsletter about the embrace of “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun referring to a single person — Joel is wearing their green shirt today because it matches their pants — has been, well, pointed. It seems that quite a few people have a major problem with this change in pronominal usage. I understand […]

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