Communications, Culture & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

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In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, The Talk was a buzzphrase in many mouths.  The Talk – the cautions, warnings,...
Father’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on what fathers mean to us, not only individually, but as a society.  Looking at...
Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we...
Is it possible to think of your mother without also conjuring up notions of the Great Mother, that archetype so deeply embedded within our cultures...
Quality early care and education are truly a gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...

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  • August 31, 2010

    Time: At family planning and domestic violence clinics, researchers are attempting to explain the higher rates of unwanted pregnancy in relationships involving violence.  What their studies have discovered is that "reproductive coercion,...


  • August 31, 2010

    NPR:  The rate of women giving birth by C-section is at its highest ever, due in part to many vaginal births being induced, which is often not medically necessary.  In addition, C-sections are often the preferred method for older and obese...


  • August 30, 2010

    KPBS: The California legislature has unanimously voted fpr a bill that would restore the Every Woman Counts Program, which offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 6000 low-income women a year.  It is unclear whethe Governor...


  • August 29, 2010

    CNN: Due to the economic recession, the number of babies being born in the United States has dropped 2.6 percent.  Some women will choose to have babies in the future when the economy recovers, while others will not have children at all.  ...


  • August 19, 2010

    Colorlines: The Right has a long history of casting women of color as criminal breeders, and continues this racist legacy today with the new birthright citizenship saga.