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Doing Gender with the Face, Featuring Erika Linder

We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2014, plus a few of our favorites tossed in.  Enjoy! Sociologists often say that gender is partly a performance. How we talk and laugh and what we say; how we stand, sit, and move; how we dress, wear our hair, and adorn […]

Happy Holidays!

A merry day of celebration to those of you who care, from The Society Pages and card-maker extraordinaire, Letta Page! Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Exploiting Gender at the Holidays

Thansk to Meia G. for sending in these “tool set” ornaments for sale at Home Depot. Notice that they don’t just group these tools into ones associated with women (gardening) and men (building), they actually label them as women’s and men’s on the price sticker. This is a great example of how gender isn’t just […]

Review: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Sure to be a classic! The tale begins with a baby calf named Rudolph born to what is assumed to be a typical reindeer family.  Immediately we recognize that this is no typical Hollywood tale. As we all know, male reindeer lose their antlers in late fall, but female retain throughout the Christmas season. By […]

Did the Nazis Celebrate Christmas?

Yes, but it was a weird thing you see. The Nazis were waging war and exterminating Jews.  Meanwhile, Christmas was about celebrating peace and the birth of Jesus, a Jew. Said the Nazi propagandist Friedrich Rehm in 1937: We cannot accept that a German Christmas tree has anything to do with a crib in a manger […]

Just for Fun: Santa on Sociologists

He doesn’t trust us.  And fairly so. Real breaking news. False headline by nicrobe. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Between Protesters and Police: How a Photojournalist Got “The Shot”

Iconic images — such as a single student standing stoic before Red Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, a protester leaning forward to put a flower into the barrel of a soldier’s gun, or two African-American athletes raising black-gloved fists on the Olympic victory podium — often seem to shape much of what we “know” about […]

From Our Archives: Christmas

The History of Christmas Militarizing Santa: Then and Now (pictured) A Short History of Santa Claus Politics and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The Pagan Roots of Christianity Christmas Across Cultures Befana, the Christmas Witch...Show More Summary

Sexy Women as Food: A Collection

Flashback Friday. In her now-classic books The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat, Carol Adams analyzes similarities in the presentation of meat products (or the animals they come from) and women’s bodies. She particularly draws attention to sexualized fragmentation — the presentation of body parts of animals in ways similar to sexualized […]

Why I Called it “The Family” and What That Has To Do with Cosby

First, a note on language In American English books from 1910 to 1950, about 25% of the uses of “family” were preceded by “the.” Starting about 1950, however, “the family” started falling out of fashion, finally dropping below 16% of “family” uses in the mid-2000s. This trend coincides with the modern rise of family diversity. In her classic 1993 essay, […]

Medicare vs. National Health Care: How U.S. Seniors Do in Cross-National Perspective

“We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed. The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant private insurance with a government program.”Gillespie, who lays out his credentials at the start of the article – he ran for Senate in Virginia and lost – notes […]

The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality in Breast Feeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaigns

My sister-in-law Charlotte was recently loudly admonished by a flight attendant on an international flight for allowing her “breast to fall out” after she fell asleep while nursing her baby. A strong advocate for breastfeeding, Charlotte has shared with me her own discomfort with public breastfeeding because it is considered gross, matronly, and “unsexy.” I […]

Inequality in the Skies: Applying the Gini Index to Airplanes

I’m on a plane right now, flying from Sacramento back to Albany. And sitting here I’m reminded of how air travel itself reflects the growing inequality of society in a trivial, but suggestive, way. Planes have always had first-class and passenger cabins, at least as far as I know. If the Titanic had this distinction, […]

Just for Fun: Data is Plural, Except When It Isn’t

By xkcd. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Chart of the Week: Gender Segregation of Toys Is On the Rise

Some nice news has come out lately that the occasional toy store is taking the words boy and girl off of their aisle signs — mostly in Sweden, I say half-jokingly — but Google ngrams suggests that we’re nowhere near backing off of separating children’s toys by sex. Sociologist Philip Cohen graphed the frequency of “toys for […]

Against the Idea that Sex Selection is Culturally “Asian”

Flashback Friday. A New York Times article broke the story that a preference for boy children is leading to an unlikely preponderance of boy babies among Chinese-Americans and, to a lesser but still notable extent, Korean- and Indian-Americans. Explaining the trend, Roberts writes: In those families, if the first child was a girl, it was more […]

Science News Fail: How NOT to Illustrate Your Story

Mainstream media outlets such as the Today Show, Marie Claire, and Huffington Post have been reporting on a new scientific study that claims “women talk more than men.” These media outlets report there’s new “biological evidence to support the idea that women are more talkative than men.” Not quite! The results from the actual scientific study published in The Journal […]

State Persecution of Sexual Minorities in 1950s Florida

It is only 50 years ago that the state of Florida was hounding lesbians and gays from their jobs in schools and universities. Their persecution is distressing on many levels, the most far-reaching of which is the power that the state can hold when it is allowed to harass its citizens for no other reason […]

Gender Ideology vs. Realism: The Armpit Hair Edition

This is what gender ideology looks like: That’s The Walking Dead’s Rosita Espinosa and a total absence of armpit hair.  This is gender ideology at work. It’s the privileging of an idea of gender over real life or, in this case, realism. The Walking Dead’s producers go to great lengths to portray what a zombie apocalypse might be like. […]

Where Did the Ouija Board Come From?

To begin, it wasn’t just a toy. It debuted in 1890 and it was the next in a long line of devices that had been invented to allow people to communicate with spirits. These weren’t intended to be pretend; they were deadly serious. According to Lisa Hix, who wrote a lengthy history of such devices for Collector’s Weekly, […]

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