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A 5-year-old boy named Sam wore pink zebra-patterned flat shoes for his first day of preschool. His mom posted a photo of Sam's shoes on Facebook in 2012 and received about 20 comments from various family members saying how "wrong" it is and "that shit will turn him gay."  His sister later posted that Sam went to preschool and got several compliments on his new shoes. Not one kid said anything negative toward him about it.
"Sam didn't like them because they were pink, he liked them because they were "made out of zebras" and zebra was his favorite animal." The story tells us two things. First, there is a gap between younger children and adults in perception of object. Second, people live in a gender-stereotyped society.  We are born into a gendered society that shapes our personal gendered identities; how biological males, females become masculine or feminine. At birth, many hospitals provide pink blankets for baby girls and blue blankets for baby boys.  And then, as a primary social institution, family is a key influence on gender identity. Through the early family education we know who we are and how we see ourselves, normalizing the idea that boys have masculine inclination and girls with feminine inclination. We call this 'gender-stereotype' that is unconscious process of internalization. But as a matter of fact, we are not born with preferences for all kinds of social code, but we develop the very preferences in the process of being socialized. I applaud the Target's decision to remove gender-based signage (not only the gender signs but references to gender including the use of pink and blue). Think about who made gendered toys and color-coded marketing and for what.   
1. GOP's Hard Right on Immigration

A host of GOP candidates called this week for an end to automatic citizenship for American-born children of immigrants in the United States illegally. (Time)  

Jeb Bush is fond of pointing out that the number of people in poverty has gone up by 6 million since President Obama took office. Still, it's worth pointing out that the number of Americans in poverty fell substantially between 2012 and 2013 - by nearly 1.2 million.(NPR)

The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world. (NYT) 
School officials say leaving your scores out of your application won't hurt your chances. In fact, they are confident they can predict how successful a student will be based on their high school record and GPA. (CNN)
Attention Target shoppers: Say goodbye to "girls' building sets" and "boys' bedding." Parents and gender equality advocates welcomed the news as a significant step with potential to inspire other retailers. (CNN)
What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? Matt Scullin thinks there is, and he's formed a company to turn that idea into a reality. (NPR)
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