Does anatomy define gender?

Our concept of gender is changing, becoming more about how we see ourselves and less about our bodies. Our researchers study how gender informs our lives, our laws, and our loves — because the bodies we're born with aren't the only things that make us who we are.


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A (short) history of feminism in Canada

As Canadian society has evolved and developed, so too has the fight for equality for women. And while gains have been made, many of the attitudes and obstacles that women face remain as prevalent now as they were in the early 19th century.

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What we learn from the feminization of fish

The past couple of decades have opened up completely new conceptions of gender. The idea that there are simply two, biologically based genders — male and female — is being replaced by a more fluid conception of gender where masculinity and femininity overlap, shift and combine.

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Unearthing the stories of Maya women

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The fight to be considered "persons" under the law

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Gender politics in social media

The online world provides both opportunity and obstacles to girls and women. Yet while millions of people gather online to share information and connect with each other in good faith, far too many people have abandoned their social media accounts due to overwhelming amounts of trolling, bullying and hate.

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