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Many babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to ambiguous sexual development. .gsr./Flickr

Boy, girl or …? Dilemmas when sex development goes awry

Many babies are born with a genetic variant that can result in the child being neither a typical boy or girl. There has been considerable debate about whether the child should be treated.
There are very clear ideas in Ghana about what girls can and should do, and how boys ought to behave. EPA/Nic Bothma

How parenting in Ghana shapes sexist stereotypes

Ghanaians believe that boys and girls should be raised very differently. This feeds into strongly defined traditional gender roles and ultimately leads to women having a lower social status.
With the Greens securing their Senate inquiry into the gendered marketing of toys, it’s time for a cultural change to prevent gendered violence before it happens. Vernon Area Public Library/flickr

‘Toy wars’ a year on: we’re finally recognising the role of culture and attitudes in domestic violence

A Senate inquiry into the links between gendered marketing and domestic violence has been secured, but this is only the beginning of necessary cultural and social changes.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confers with his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, during question time. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why Credlin is seen to have gone too far as PM’s right-hand woman

Peta Credlin is in the classic "double bind" of all women in power: if they take charge, they transgress the gendered expectations that "female qualities" are best suited to a supporting role.

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