“Contrary to early hopes that telecommuting and other technological changes would allow people to achieve this new gender ideal, many of these changes have made work-life balance even more elusive.” - Kathleen Gerson, from the new The Council on Contemporary Families report Unconventional Wisdom
"Carrie Chapman Catt, an important strategist in the movement for suffrage and women’s rights once noted, “No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by public opinion.” Public opinion polls show significant changes in the views of both men and women on a wide range of gender roles, including the importance of pay equity. But for the moment, ‘unwritten custom’ holds sway much of the time."
— Why Bother with Equal Pay Day? » Girl w/ Pen
"NEW HAPPY MEAL POLICY: It is McDonald’s intention and goal that each customer who desires a Happy Meal toy be provided the toy of his or her choice, without any classification of the toy as a ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ toy and without any reference to the customer’s gender. We have recently reexamined our internal guidelines, communications and practices and are making improvements to better ensure that our toys are distributed consistent with our policy."
— Do You Want a Girl Toy or a Boy Toy? McDonald’s Says Workers Won’t Ask - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (via observando)
Boy twin: “I see your butt!”
Girl twin: “Butt?? Ahahahaha!”
Boy twin: “Butt! Eeheehee!”
Girl twin: “Butt.”
Boy twin: “I’m gonna touch your butt.”
Girl twin: “Don’t touch my butt!!!!!”