The Week in Women: stay-at-home dads, a female God, and the birth of Caitlyn Jenner


Oh boy, oh girl, oh whatever—it’s been quite a week in gender-bending news. Over the past few days, ingrained notions about the sexes have been disrupted, dismantled, and displayed in full glory on the cover of a glossy magazine. Here’s a quick recap:

Let’s talk about Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce. This week, Vanity Fair released the cover of its upcoming issue, which features the first public photo of Caitlyn since she completed her gender transition. Caitlyn was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, and she looks beautiful. But if you still aren’t sure about what pronoun to use when referring to Caitlyn, a sassy Twitter bot will show you the way.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee could probably use a real-life version of a sassy Twitter bot. Recently-surfaced footage from the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville shows Huckabee ranting about trans-friendly laws, which he believes will make it easy for predators to prey on women and young girls. “I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee “joked.” He also posited that there is “something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment.” Let’s just take a moment to remember that time when Huckabee defended the Duggar family in the midst of their child molestation scandal.

Parental leave is often the exclusive purview of new moms, but Sweden has made great strides in equalizing the responsibilities of early childhood care. The country has offered a third month of paid paternity leave for new fathers. Sweden first introduced one month of paternity leave in 1995 and upped it to two months in 2002. The time has since become known as “daddy months” because it is meant to encourage dads to take a more active role in parenting. Yet another reason why  Sweden’s gender game is totally on point.

We know all about sexual dysfunction in men thanks to a certain little blue pill, but the subject of women’s sexual dysfunction has long been neglected. This week, however, an advisory panel recommended that the FDA approve the drug flibanserin, which will treat a lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women. The FDA is expected to make a decision in August. Perhaps this means we can look forward to (or dread, depending on your perspective) the female equivalent  of ridiculous Viagra commercials.

A women’s group within the Church is proposing to overhaul official liturgy and start referring to God as a “she.” The discussion on using female terminology sprang from a Westminster faith debate about whether or not the recent consecration of female bishops would make a difference to the fabric of the Church. Hey, if God can be a slob and a stranger on a bus, can’t “He” be a “She” too?

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