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Today is the first day of the Christian season of Lent, a period of voluntary self-denial that is the excuse for the indulgence of Mardi Gras. Last year a credit card processing company traced spending in New Orleans on both Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. They found a spike in the days leading up to the big day […]
Happy Fat Tuesday to all our friends in New Orleans! Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do! If you’re not in the middle of the revelry, enjoy these Mardi Gras posts from previous years: The Baby Dolls of Mardi Gras (pictured) The Order of Myths: Race and Mardi Gras in Mobile Where Mardi Gras Beads Come From […]
The first Mardi Gras parade wound its way through New Orleans in 1856, over 150 years ago. Today there are, by my count, sixty-eight official Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and the vicinity. No doubt there are many more informal groups. Each is a private organization, typically still called krewes, wholly funded by its members. In […]
New Orleans has been celebrating Mardi Gras since the 1730s, but it took a hundred years before we began to see street processions. The first processions included carriages and maskers on horseback. The first floats appeared in 1856 with the formation of the first Mardi Gras krewe: the Mistick Krewe of Comus. Enslaved and free […]
Your mother wonders why you like studying something so depressing. And rightly so. See more at Contexts. 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.
Here’s a bell hooks Valentine card for you: POSTS FROM VALENTINE’S DAYS PAST Cultural and Historical Variation “Vinegar Valentines”: Happy Valentine’s Day, I Hate You Valentine’s Day in Japan Before Love: Puritan Beliefs about Sex and...Show More Summary
Art by Brandon Odums. Image borrowed from nola.com. Frederick Douglass’ exact birthday is unknown, but he celebrated on February 14th.
Flashback Friday. An article this week at Scientific American draws attention to the environmental cost of the fetishization and commodification of flowers as a symbol of love. Carolyn Wheelan writes: [Roses] are… fragile and almost always flown to the U.S. from warmer climes in South America, where roughly 80 percent of our roses take root; […]
On Valentine’s day last year, my Facebook feed exploded with Pakistani memes that, on the one hand, used Islamic texts to criticize the day as unIslamic and, on the other, poked fun at the religious opposition to the holiday. When I conducted interviews with Pakistani women in Karachi over the summer, I expected Valentine’s day […]
The day I defended my dissertation I watched Chaotic, the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline reality show, from beginning to end. True story. The next day I pulled all of the paperback classic novels from my bookshelves and donated them to Goodwill. They were mostly tattered Penguin copies of things like The Sun Also Rises and The […]
If it were to happen that the decision as to whether the tomato was a fruit or vegetable made it to the highest court of the land — if such a strange thing were to happen — certainly the botanist’s opinion would weigh heaviest. Right? Nope. In fact, this decision did make it all the […]
Click to enlarge: From Business Insider; h/t Gin and Tacos. 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.
Flashback Friday. I have always found it bizarre that lipstick is supposed to make a woman’s lips more irresistible, yet kissing a woman with lipstick gets sticky red or pink smudge all over both faces. So women dress up and look all gorgeous and then their dates can’t kiss them. Or, it’s the end of […]
Americans have become increasingly critical of public policy as a means of addressing social problems. Many believe that these policies don’t work; the reality is that public policies are often subverted in ways that make them ineffective or even counterproductive. Take taxes and inequality. As Danny Vinik, writing in the New Republic explains: The vast majority […]
Karl Marx argued that capitalist modes of production always involve the exploitation of the working class by the owning class. The owning class are the capitalists. They secure the means of production — the factories, tools, and machinery — and employ workers to use those resources to produce goods. Show More Summary
I am so grateful to reader Emma Farais for recommending that I look into the history of the leotard. It was invented by — well, who else — Jules Léotard. Born in 1842, Jules grew up to be an acrobat. He is credited with inventing trapeze and performed with French circuses. He invented and then began performing in leotards […]
Television evangelist Pat Robertson once described feminism as “a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”...Show More Summary
Zach Weinersmith does it again: Thanks to James Bowie for the link! 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.
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