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Contrasting Aesthetics for “High End” and “Commercial” Models

Flashback Friday. Does the modeling industry fetishize whiteness? It turns out that the answer is: it does and it doesn’t.  Ashley Mears, a model turned sociologist, found that high fashion models are overwhelmingly white, but that commercial modeling — the kind you see in catalogs for stores like Target, TJ Maxx, and JC Penney — is much […]

Media Coverage of Domestic Violence More Likely to Excuse White vs. Black Perpetrators

Controversy erupted in 2014 when video of National Football League (NFL) player Ray Rice violently punched his fiancé (now wife) and dragged her unconscious body from an elevator. Most recently, Deadspin released graphic images of the injuries NFL player Greg Hardy inflicted on his ex-girlfriend. In both instances, NFL officials insisted that if they had […]

Norms, Normality, and Normativity

Flashback Friday. Sociologists distinguish between the terms norm, normal, and normative. The norm refers to what is common or frequent.  For example, celebrating Christmas is the norm in America. Normal is opposed to abnormal.  Even though celebrating Christmas is the norm, it is not abnormal to celebrate Hanukkah.  To celebrate Hanukkah is perfectly normal. In […]

On Burkini Bans and Institutional Racism

Originally posted at Racism Review. The photos capture a woman lying serenely on a pebble beach. She is unaware of the four men as they approach. They wear guns and bulletproof vests, and demand the woman remove her shirt. They watch as she complies. This scene was reported in recent weeks by news outlets across the […]

The 2016 Presidential Race and the Failed Art of Balance

Modern journalism is reliant on the idea of objectivity. Even when truth is elusive, if journalists write a balanced story, they can be said to have done a good job. But what if a story doesn’t have two sides? Sometimes journalists continue to write as if they do, as they did in regards to human […]

What to Do with All the Wild Horses?

Rumors are circulating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has plans to euthanize 44,000 wild horses. The rumor is partly true. An advisory board has authorized the BLM to do so; they have yet to make a decision as to whether they will. Even the possibility of such a widespread cull, though, has understandably sparked outrage. […]

Understanding “Latinos For Trump”

As the 2016 presidential campaign enters the final stretch, Donald Trump has doubled down on his hard-line stance on immigration. In his August 31st immigration policy speech, Trump proposed implementing extreme vetting and employing a deportation force, and opposed amnesty for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Polling by Latino Decisions, […]

How Our Media Bubble Protects Our Ideologies

How are media sources from opposing sides of the political spectrum covering the election? Most of us have no idea. We live in a media “bubble,” one in which we usually only consume “friendly” material: news and opinion from outlets and commentators who share our lean. At Facebook, employees followed a sample of 10.1 million […]

“The Potawatomis Didn’t Have a Word for Global Business Center”?

Flashback Friday. I was waiting for my connecting flight at Chicago O’Hare, and spotted this advertisement on the opposite side of our gate. It reads: “Chicago is the Potawatomi word for onion field. Apparently, the Potawatomis didn’t have a word for global business center.” This is an example of the use of Indigenous language and imagery […]

Botox, Gender, and the Emotional Lobotomy

Botox has forever transformed the primordial battleground against aging. Since the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002, eleven million Americans have used it. Over 90 percent of them are women. In my forthcoming book, Botox Nation, I argue that one of the reasons Botox is so appealing to women is because the wrinkles […]

From our Archives: Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. Though many think of it mostly as a last long weekend for recreation and shopping before the symbolic end of summer, the federal holiday, officially established in 1894, celebrates the contributions of labor. Here are some SocImages posts on a range of issues related to workers, from the […]

Support for Taxing the Rich is Growing among All Americans

Originally posted at Reports from the Economic Front. For years now the wealthy and their media have hammered on the need for lower taxes on their income, arguing that this would encourage investment, job creation, and growth.  The tax burden on the wealthy has indeed been lowered in one way or the other, but only […]

From Our Archives: Hurricane Katrina

On this anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, all of Louisiana is reeling from this month’s floods. A third of the state has been declared a disaster area. We here in New Orleans were spared this time, but we are opening our hearts, pocketbooks, and homes to our neighbors. It is in this time of crisis that we remember the […]

The Insidious Symbolism of Boy and Girl Bikes

Flashback Friday. In the U.S. men’s and women’s bikes are built differently, with women’s bikes lacking the bar that goes from the handlebar to just below the seat. The bar is a matter of tradition.  According to Andrea at Bike City Recyclery, when women began riding bikes in the 1800s, they were required to wear heavy skirts.  The […]

Totem Vodka and Indigenous Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation generally refers to the adoption of traditional practices, objects, or images by a person or group that is not part of the originating culture. Cultural appropriation can become problematic when it is done without permission, serves to benefit the dominant group, and erases or further marginalizes the oppressed group. Show More Summary

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina for the Child Victims of the Louisiana Floods of 2016

The great Louisiana Floods of 2016 have led to the closure of at least 22 of the state’s 70 public school districts, with additional districts calling off classes as a precaution given the immense devastation. This means that as many as one-third of the state’s public school students were out of school last week,and […]

The “Glass Wall”: Gender and Coaching

Originally posted at Scatterplot. Olympic fever has hit! As we all marvel at the power, precision, and grace of the athletes, a more disturbing commentary has also emerged, one that diminishes women athletes’ accomplishments, defines them by the men around them, places them in tired tropes of sex objects, or infantilizes them as “girls.” Some […]

The Anthropology of Optical Illusions

Which line is longer? Most people who grow up in industrialized environments will be at least a little bit tricked by this optical illusion, called the Müller-Lyer illusion. At first look, it may seem as if the line on the left is shorter than the line on the right. In fact, if you look closely and carefully, […]

Evolution, Complexity, and Human Mating Strategies

Flashback Friday. I heard stories this week about dung beetles and cuttlefish.  Both made me think about the typical stories we hear in the media about evolved human mating strategies.  First, the stories: —————————- Story #1 :The Dung Beetle A story on Quirks and Quarks discussed the mating strategies of the dung beetle.  The picture […]

Humor Theorist Explains Trump’s “Joke” about Killing Hillary Clinton

Yesterday Donald Trump appeared to suggest that defenders of the 2nd Amendment should assassinate Hillary Clinton if she is elected. Or maybe any judges she appoints to the Supreme Court. It wasn’t very clear. Supporters rushed to his defense, suggesting he was joking. Here’s what a humor scholar, Jason P. Steed, had to say about […]

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