Stories by Caryl Rivers

Caryl Rivers is a professor of journalism at Boston University and co-author, with Dr. Rosalind Barnett of Brandeis, of Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and Our Jobs (Basic). subscribe to Caryl Rivers's feed

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: Tarcher/Penguin

Think women are taking over the world while men are failing? Think again.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The veil over the Bush administration's war on women's reproductive health was pulled back recently by the president's own former surgeon general.

Posted on: May 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Contrary to what the media report, putting your child in day care will not make them grow up to be a criminal or Columbine-like killer.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2006, Source: Women's eNews

Anthropologists who suggest early humans survived by dint of separate gender roles are grabbing headlines, displaying the media's fondness for evidence -- however dubious -- of the species being hardwired for male dominance.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2006, Source: AlterNet

America has always welcomed and used cheap labor. But at least during the industrial economy, people hoped their kids could do better. Today, they're not so sure.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

It's not biology, child-rearing demands, or differences in ability that explain slower female advancement in scientific and technical fields. It is discrimination, pure and simple.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2006, Source: Women's eNews is just the latest media outlet to say working women have terrible marriages. Will this myth ever die?

Posted on: Jun 14, 2006, Source: Women's eNews

Newsweek has finally apologized for its infamous cover story that predicted single women over 40 would probably never marry. But the damage has long since been done.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2006, Source: Women's eNews

A controversial study recently found that women are happier in their marriages when men are the bread-winners. What gives?

Posted on: Nov 29, 2005, Source: Women's eNews

This holiday season, pink-and-blue aisles and gender-coded departments are selling the same old message.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2005, Source: Women's eNews

The pope's mixed legacy included a consistent assault on birth control.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2004, Source: Women's eNews

Conventional wisdom, promoted by the media, suggests that the traditional wife is back in vogue. But research shows that financial independence, education and intelligence are really what's hot.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2003, Source: Women's eNews

As war has come to dominate the headlines of newspapers, women writers have become increasingly rare on their op-ed pages.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2002, Source: Women's eNews

A new book adds to the gender wars by claiming girls' brains are hardwired for relationships, not math. Sigh, not that tired old nonsense again!

Posted on: Mar 14, 2002, Source: Women's eNews

A new book about the news media's allegedly liberal bias suggests that journalism is too "pro-feminist." A review of recent reports on women proves quite the opposite.