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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 […]

Signaling White Supremacy and Provoking Racist Backlash

Signaling white supremacy. On the heels of the Republican national convention, the notorious KKK leader David Duke announced his campaign for the Louisiana Senate. On his social media pages, he released a campaign poster featuring a young white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes wearing a gray tank top decorated with American flag imagery. She is beautiful […]

Outlet Malls: Location as Marketing Strategy

Flashback Friday.  Outlet malls are often in the middle of nowhere, in places that are hard to get to, or in places that you wouldn’t think of as retail magnets. For instance, you’ve got the outlet mall in Barstow, California: Barstow is roughly mid-way between L.A. and Las Vegas, so locating it there might be a […]

If Clinton Loses, It Won’t Be Because of Sexism

Ever since Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for president, commentators have been speculating as to how much being a woman will hurt her chances for election. The data suggest it won’t. In fact, if anything, what we know about American voting patterns suggests that being a woman is a slight advantage over being a man. […]

Brave New Racist Nativist Political World

It’s all harmless political shenanigans until a racist mob murders Vincent Chin. It’s amazing how the new figureheads of both major parties are now pretending to oppose globalization, outsourcing, and the corporate “free trade” agenda that they both have spent their professional lives furthering. It wasn’t long ago that I taught in my stratification class that […]

This Month in SocImages (July 2016)

It’s been a difficult summer and I’ve done my best to try to ensure that SocImages is contributing to the many important conversations we’ve had. I’m grateful for the many guest bloggers who have helped. I’ll summarize the relevant posts here, throwing in June as well since I missed that month’s update. Sociological perspectives on this summer’s current events: Brexit […]

Why Bill Was the Face of Hillary’s Historic Nomination: Numbers and Theories

On Tuesday the first female presidential candidate was officially nominated by a major party. Newspaper headlines across the country referenced the historic event with headlines like “Historic First!” and “Clinton Makes History!” but...Show More Summary

The Reverse Ferguson Effect: Which Way to Point the Causal Arrow?

FBI director, James Comey, didn’t call it the “Ferguson Effect.” Instead, he called the recent rise in homicide rates a “viral video effect” – a more accurately descriptive term for the same idea: that murder rates increased because the police were withdrawing from proactive policing. The full sequence goes something like this:  Police kill unarmed […]

Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

In his speech last week accepting the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump said (my emphasis): …our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. […]

Happy Birthday Sociological Images!

Woo hoo! SocImages is nine! Thanks to all of you who discovered SocImages this year and to those of you who’ve been hanging on! It was my bumpiest year yet with a three month hiatus to finish American Hookup. There are also changes afoot. After nine years, it makes sense to shake things up a bit. I’m hoping […]

English Acquisition Among Immigrants to the U.S.

Flashback Friday. Is it true that Spanish-speaking immigrants to the United States resist assimilation? Not if you judge by language acquisition and compare them to earlier European immigrants. The sociologist Claude S. Fischer, at Made in America, offers this data: The bottom line represents the percentage of English-speakers among the wave of immigrants counted in the […]

Breaking Down the Force/Choice Binary in the Sterilization of Women of Color

Flashback Friday. U.S. women of color have historically been the victims of forced sterilization.  Sometimes women were sterilized during Cesarean sections and never told; others were threatened with termination of welfare benefits or...Show More Summary

A Woman Steps Out onto the Glass Cliff: Theresa May to Lead the UK

At the end of last month, just after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a commentator at the lauded US News and World Report claimed that the “general consensus” was that the vote was a “veritable dumpster fire.” Since then, most citizens of the EU, many Americans, and lots of UK citizens, […]

Trump Supporters Substantially More Racist Than Other Republicans

A set of polls by Reuters/Ipsos — the first done just before Cruz and Kasich dropped out of the primary race and the second sometime after — suggests that, when it comes to attitudes toward African Americans, Republicans who favored Cruz and (especially) Kasich have more in common with Clinton supporters than they do Trump supporters. […]

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