Winter 2014 Gender Assumptions

Gender Assumptions


The Politics of Consent: At UC Campuses, Why ‘No Means No’ Was No Longer Enough

States and campuses are adopting a new standard of assent in hopes of thwarting what some call a culture of rape.
By Stacy Finz
Read more »

Radicalizing Life Events: If I Was Truly Feminist, What Was I Doing About It?

A young journalist and new bride wonders what feminism means to her—and why so many of her peers have failed to embrace it.
By Sophie Brickman
Read more »

My Scarf, Myself, and You: Hijab Is About More, and Less, than Religious Expression

A Muslim journalist ponders the significance of her scarf, in terms of your perceptions and her choices.
By Yousur Alhlou
Read more »

Trans Identity Meditation: Exploding the Notion that Anyone Is Simply Male or Female

The T in LGBTQ has now taken center stage. Its aim: To explode the notion that any of us is exclusively masculine or feminine—culturally, neurologically, or biologically.
By Frank Browning
Read more »

What Stalled the Gender Revolution? Child Care That Costs More Than College Tuition

In most states, day care costs more than a year of public college tuition. For those who can’t afford it, care is often “a hand-me-down job. Men hand it down to women. High-income women to low-income women.…”
By Tamara Straus
Read more »

Engendering Sons: Is It Doable—or Even Desirable—to Raise Gender-Neutral Children?

Growing a boy or girl from XY or XX chromosomes requires constant interaction with the environment, which ceaselessly reinforces the gender-divide.
By Alina Tugend
Read more »

The Stay-at-Home Dilemma: Modern Dads Can Pay a Steep Price for Bonding with Baby

Men are running into a problem that has bedeviled women in the workplace for decades: the flexibility stigma. Not to mention what some experts call the “femininity stigma.”
By Glen Martin
Read more »

Lab + Field

What the Frack? Lack of Info on Fracking Fluid is ‘A Pervasive Reguatory Failure’

Not a single state requires complete disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking.
By Sabine Bergmann
Read more »

How to Train Your Robot

Researchers are teaching them to tie knots—and follow human demonstrations.
By Coby McDonald
Read more »

Fear Factor: In Business and Life, It May Separate Smart Luck from Dumb Luck

Individuals who fear failing—the “loss averse”—fare better in a competitive market than those who focus on lofty goals.
By Michael Kershner
Read more »

What’s for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds

They aim to inventory the wild, edible plants growing in some of the Bay Area’s least healthy neighborhoods—so-called food deserts.
By Erik Neumann
Read more »

The Giving-Out Trees

California’s drought-stressed sequoias and blue oaks may start to vanish.
By Sabine Bergmann
Read more »

Arts + Letters

Love, Life and Baseball: A Filmmaker Follows a Team from Oakland to Havana

A filmmaker follows a Little League team to Cuba and captures a story of baseball, beauty and love.
By Scott Ostler
Read more »

The Play

The Book of Proverb

In a new autobiography, the ‘Last of the Biblical Tackles’ tells all.
By Pat Joseph
Read more »

Sather Gate

Cracking the Code

Jennifer Doudna

Jennifer Doudna and her amazing molecular scissors.
By Sabin Russell
Read more »

Farewell to Twisted Titles

Jennifer Doudna

A final send-off for California magazine’s punning game.
By Martin Snapp
Read more »

Out of the Gate

Full Cycle

He opted to mark a half century with a Double Century.
By Michael Collier
Read more »

Alumni Gazette

Veteran Reporter Diane Dwyer

She shows that those who can, do—and they also teach.
By Martin Snapp
Read more »


Share Your Own Insight

Have a perspective on gender assumptions that we somehow failed to include? Share it with us now.
Read more »