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Jaime King launches gender fluid clothing for kids, a sign of things to come

The collection is titled “The Lion’s Heart” for the bold colors and brave patterns. Garments are not separated or color-coded by gender, and models of all genders wear the same clothing.

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Coming to terms with our country’s gender identity

With all of the hubbub in the news about gendered bathrooms, it seems that the U.S. public is finally starting to grapple with the realities of the transgender experience. And while it’s pretty terrifying that some states are trying to deny trans people the basic right to answer nature’s call in the restroom that feels best for them, other states are taking the opportunity to mandate that right.

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Underlying both the desire to secure trans rights, as well as the hateful backlash against trans people, is an overall cultural movement towards gender neutrality that has its’ roots in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and is being thrust forward by the work of powerful feminist and trans gender activism.

From gender-neutral to gender-fluid

It should be a no-brainer by now that gender roles are simply that – roles.

Adults and kids alike are insisting upon androgyny, and transgender kids are coming out earlier and earlier these days and getting the support they need.

The fashion industry has periodically returned to androgyny as a trendy stylistic touchstone, and there have, for a long time, been companies specializing in making gender-neutral or trans-friendly clothing. Now, thanks to actress Jaime King, kids can dress in genderfluid swag too.

The lion’s heart

In partnership with chic children’s clothing boutique Gardner and the Gang, King has released a kid’s clothing collection that, besides being adorable, is also completely gender-fluid. Garments are not separated or color-coded by gender, and models of all genders wear the same clothing. The promotional materials feature a boy with stars painted on his cheeks in a pink shirt hugging another boy wearing the collection’s signature “Love You” sweatshirt.

The collection is titled “The Lion’s Heart” for the bold colors and brave patterns – and let’s face it, with all the haters out there, it can take some guts to be an androgynous or transgender kid.

Said King in a tweet, “The designs and colors represent courage, joy, self-love & togetherness! Now is the time to shine & allow our kids/selves to live authentically. I am proud to have made the first #genderfluid collection – this is a dream come true.”

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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  1. America is Lost

    May 31, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What you idiot liberals do not understand is this is not about restrooms, it is about changing rooms, locker rooms and showers and if these perverts in society get their way, your little girls will be in changing rooms with biological males. I think this is pretty much the last straw for true Americans.

  2. Marco

    May 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    “When you cannot tell the difference between a man and a woman, then the end will come.”

  3. Lisa

    June 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Wonderful job, Miss King! This clothing line is breaking down our overly rigid societal norms and is allowing children to express themselves in whoever/whatever they are: transgender, cisgender, intersex, no gender, both genders, tomboy girls, boys “in touch with their feminine side” etc. There is only positivity from where I stand. People with such narrow views on gender and sexuality need to learn about the diversity and differences in the world and expand their horizons. It disturbs me at how narrow minded, rigid, and judgmental they are when it even comes down to gender roles, let alone gender identity.

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Move over, rented scooters, lil’ baby Vespas are up to bat

(TECHNOLOGY) Scooters + technology + money = a parody of American life, but Lordy, it’s about to get worse (or better, depending on your perspective).

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As Austin learns to co-exist with the multitude of electric scooterists that have taken over its sidewalks and streets (and the detritus that has come to signal their top of the alternative mobility food chain), the popularity of the service has led to an unexpected evolution: the electric razor scooters may soon be replaced by a new machine.

Well, kind of. Vespa-esque scooters, developed by the company Ojo, are slated to appear on Austin streets by the end of February. These scooters can reach speeds up to 20 mph and, like the Birds scooters and similar existing competitors, are available to rent via an app for low prices.

Although this news may feel a little like opening a door in Resident Evil only to find that the Umbrella Corporation has created a new monstrosity, the subtle shift in the scooters’ design from standing to sitting may help address one of the biggest concerns of the original infestation: user recklessness.

Perhaps because these Ojo scooters resemble an actual vehicle, riders (and drivers) may be more apt to follow traffic laws and behave responsibly. The company seems to share this attitude, calling themselves “the adult commuter scooter.”

The truth is that there are three camps of attitudes about technology marrying neato transportation: those that rent the scooters, those that hate the scooters and want to burn them to the ground, and those that are unaware of their existence because they live and work in the suburbs. Seriously, even South Park has mocked the movement in several episodes this season.

Ultimately, this movement that we enjoy laughing at points out that the public transportation systems in many cities is seriously inferior, so we can laugh at bad riders (drivers?) in ties, trying to navigate a crowded sidewalk while also eating a burrito, but we should also note that there is a reason these vehicle rentals are thriving (and it’s not because of cultural douchiness).

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Is insecurity the root of overworking in today’s workforce?

(CAREER) Why are professionals who “made it” in their field still chronically overworked? Why are people still glorifying a lack of sleep in the name of the hustle?!

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So you got that job you wanted after prepping for months, and everything seems cool and good… but you’re working way more hours than scheduled. Skipping lunch, coming in early and staying late, and picking up any project that comes your way. You’re overworked.

Getting the job was supposed to be a mark of success in itself, but now, work is your life and everyone is wondering how you can be working so much if you’re already successful.

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Laura Empson delves into what drives employees to overwork themselves. Empson is a professor of Management of Professional Service firms at the University of London, and has spend the last 25 years researching business practices.

Her recently published book Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas, focuses on business organizational theory and behavior, based on 500 interviews with senior professionals in the world’s largest organizations.

Over the course of her research, Empson encountered numerous reports of people in white-collar positions pushing themselves to work exhausting hours. Decades ago, those with white-collar jobs in law firms, accountancy firms, and management consultancies worked towards senior management positions to gain partnership.

Once partnership was reached, all the hard work paid off in the form of autonomy and flexibility with scheduling and projects. Now, even entry-level employees are working overextended hours.

An HR director interviewed by Empson noted, “The rest of the firm sees the senior people working these hours and emulates them.” There’s a drive to mirror upper management, even at the cost of health.

Empson’s research indicates insecurity is the root of this behavior. Insecurity about when work is really done, how management will perceive employees, and what counts as hard work. Intangible knowledge work provokes insecurity since there’s rarely ever a way to tell when this work is complete.

Colleagues turn into competitors, and suddenly working outside of your regular hours becomes seen as normal if you want to keep up with the competition. You want to stand out from the crowd, so staying late a few days a week starts to feel normal.

This can turn into a slippery slope, and when being overworked feels like the norm, you may not notice taking on even more extra hours and responsibilities to feel like you’re contributing efficiently to the company.

During her research, Empson found that some recruiters admitted to hiring “insecure overachievers” for their firms.

Insecure overachievers are incredibly ambitious and motivated, but driven by feelings of inadequacy. Financial insecurity and disproportionately tying self-worth to productivity are just a few contributing factors to their self-doubt.

As a result, these kind of people are amazingly self-disciplined, and likely to pursue elite positions with professional organizations. Fear of being exposed as inadequate drives insecure employees to work long hours to prove themselves

Even upper level management is subject to this same insecurity.

Organizational pressures can make even the most established leader overwork themselves.

Empson notes, “Working hard can be rewarding and exhilarating. But consider how you are living. Recognize when you are driving yourself and your staff too hard, and learn how to help yourself and your colleagues to step back from the brink.“

Analyze your organization’s conscious and unconscious messaging about achievement, and make sure you’re setting and enforcing realistic expectations for your team.

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The most common buzzwords (still) used in job descriptions

(BUSINESS) Employers are trying their best to attract really high quality talent, but the buzzwords that continue to plague the process are lame, annoying, and often insulting.

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It’s that time of year again. Year-in-review lists abound and Indeed.com is no exception. The website for employers and potential employees has taken a look back at the year in job descriptions and released its list of the weirdest job titles used in online listings.

They found the usual suspects — yes, sadly rockstar and hero still make the cut — but a few other keywords skyrocketed up the charts in 2018.

Indeed recognized seven top-performing buzzwords in its research: genius, guru, hero, ninja, superhero, rockstar, and wizard. Among these Top 7, some were up over previous years, while others’ popularity seems to be fading.

Employers really loved referencing masked assassins in their descriptions this year, resulting in a 90 percent year-over-year jump for ninja, and a 140 percent increase for the term since Indeed began tracking these stats in 2015.

Wizards and heroes didn’t fare as well. Job titles containing “wizard” were down 17 percent from 2017 and use of the word “hero” was down a whopping 44 percent since last year. Superhero ended the year up over 2017 (19 percent), but is still down by 55 percent since 2015.

So which states are touting these weird (some might say annoying) titles the most? The answers aren’t too surprising. California tops the list for ninja, genius, rockstar, wizard, and guru. Texas, whose capital is Austin, aka Silicon Hills, loves using hero, superhero, guru, rockstar, and ninja. Populous states New York and Florida make the list for using several of the buzzwords — no surprise there. But a few smaller states snuck into the Top 4, including Ohio (No. 1 “superhero” user) and Utah (No. 4 on the “rockstar” and “wizard” lists).

While many companies like to use these so-called creative terms to convey a sense of a hip and cool company culture, does using these “fun” titles actually find the best candidates? According to Indeed, the answer might be “not exactly.” Job seekers aren’t necessarily searching for terms like ninja or guru, so they might not even find the job they would be the perfect fit for. And truth be told, many experienced job seekers are turned off by these weird titles and might not even apply to the job in the first place.

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