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Why Aren’t There More Women in Politics?

NPR recently aired a story about female lawmaker’s representation state by state. According to the story, Colorado has the most women; female lawmakers make up 42% of that total. Wyoming had the least, with women only representing 13% of state lawmakers. Show More Summary

When Did It Become Allowable to be Pregnant in Public?

Pregnancy wasn’t always something women did in public. In her new book, Pregnant with the Stars, Renée Ann Cramer puts public pregnancies under the sociological microscope, but she notes that it is only recently that being publicly pregnant became socially acceptable. Even as recently as the 1950s, pregnancy was supposed to be a private matter, hidden behind closed doors. […]

Misty Copeland and the Newness of the Ballerina Body

Many hope that Misty Copeland is ushering in a new era for ballet. She is the first female African American ballet dancer to have the role of Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has literally changed the face of the dance. Race is a central and important part of her story, but in A Ballerina’s Tale, […]

The Decline of Image and the Rise of the Brand

One word in the headlines last week seemed like a throwback to an earlier era: As Trump moves to soften his image, Democrats seek to harden it — The Washington Post Donald Trump to reshape image, new campaign chief tells G.O.P. —The New York Times Trump surrogates say GOP front-runner “projecting an image” during primaries — Fox […]

Illustrating Global Wealth Inequality

Wealth inequality in the U.S. is extreme, but global wealth inequality, illustrates a video by The Rules, is even more stunning. Some facts: The top 20% control 80% of the world’s wealth. The richest 2% control more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population. The richest 300 people on earth have more wealth than the poorest 3,000,000,000. […]

Race-Based Activism is Changing College Campuses

A survey of college and university presidents conducted earlier this year suggests that campus activists are making a difference. The American Council on Education asked 567 presidents about their experience with and response to activists on campus organized around racial diversity and justice. Show More Summary

Trump’s Wall Would Mean More, not Less Undocumented Immigration from Mexico

Most Americans are either attracted to or repulsed by Donald Trump’s strong rhetoric around the “wall” between the US and Mexico. His plan is to build one taller and wider than the ones we already have, on the assumption that this will curb undocumented immigration and the number of migrants who live here. But the […]

From Our Archives: Tax Day

The Numbers Types of Taxes as a Percent of GDP (1937-2014) Historical Comparison of Top Tax Brackets (1945-2010) Tax Receipt for 2009 Tax Dollars and War “Donation” and “Welfare” States Where Did Your 2009, 2013, and 2014 Taxes Go? Some History Fluctuations in Top Tax Rates: 1910 to Today Raising Top Tax Rates Does Not Harm the […]

You Think It’s Great, but It’s Probably Just Familiar

Despite the maxim about familiarity breeding contempt, we usually like what’s familiar.  With music for example, familiarity breeds hits in the short run and nostalgia in the long run. The trouble is that it’s tempting to attribute our liking to the inherent quality of the thing rather than its familiarity.  With movies, film buffs may […]

“Heavy Boobs”: As Never Before Seen on TV

Almost all of the representations of breasts we encounter in the mass media are filtered through the hypothetical heterosexual male gaze. Breasts are objects, things that people desire. Women’s personal, subjective experiences of having breasts is almost never discussed in pop culture. Show More Summary

Is Breaking the Law Bad? Practical vs. Moral Approaches to the Law

Flashback Friday. Americans tend to conflate the law and morality. We believe, that is, that we make things illegal because they’re immoral. While we might admit that there are exceptions, we tend to think that our laws generally reflect what is right and wrong, not a simple or arbitrary effort to control the population in ways that people who […]

Putting the Sick in Homesickness

“The poor fellow died of Nostalgia,” said a war surgeon in 1861. “Deaths from this cause are very frequent in the army.” During the Civil War, physicians believed that acute homesickness was a genuine disease and a sometimes fatal one. Symptoms included heart palpitations, fever, lesions, lack of appetite, incontinence and bowel irregularities and, ultimately, […]

The Suspicious Convergence of Addiction Treatment and Whiteness

Last week PBS hosted a powerful essay by law professor Ekow Yankah. He points to how the new opioid addiction crisis is being talked about very differently than addiction crises of the past. Today, he points out, addiction is being described and increasingly treated as a health crisis with a human toll. “Our nation has linked arms,” he says, “to […]

Post-Protectionism and the Pre-Pregnant Woman

Earlier this year Brandy Zadrozny interviewed me for a Daily Beast story about the new CDC guidelines for alcohol consumption by women. It caused an outcry because it advised all women who could potentially become pregnant to completely abstain from alcohol as a way to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Responses across the blogosphere included several […]

Clinton, Sanders, and the Radical Flank Effect

On NPR last week, the headline was “Has Bernie Sanders Moved Hillary Clinton to the Left?” The story centered on Sanders’ more radical leftist politics and the many ways in which Clinton’s stated policies have changed to look more like his. The implication was that Sanders was forcing Clinton to move to the left. But […]

This Month… Er Quarter in SocImages

Hello folks! Today is the last day of the month, during which I usually put up an update. My efforts to re-start the blog, though, have been stuttering at best. (I did, in fact, finish the book on March 1st, but it’s amazing how much work comes with finishing a book!) In any case, I’m […]

Are Moms Shaping the Sound of Manhood?

Jay Livingston is our regular baby name analyst, but I’m gonna give it a go just this once. Over at Baby Name Wizard, Laura Wattenburg published a chart showing that vowels are on the rise. Both girls and boys names have more vowels in them relative to consonants than they have in the last 150 or […]

The Oil Industry vs. Oklahoma

One of the concerns of environmental sociologists is the way that harm is unequally distributed. The way, for example, that poor people and people of color are more likely to live with high levels of lead, near toxic release facilities, with bad air quality, and in the paths of airborne pesticides. I thought of this research when I […]

Donald Trump and the Rise and Fall of Charismatic Leaders

Over at Politics Outdoors, sociologist and political scientist David Meyer has argued that Trump is a charismatic leader. The idea comes from Max Weber, widely seen as a founding father of sociology, who argued that there are three types of authority: traditional, legal, and charismatic. Show More Summary

Super Sunday: An Introduction to the Mardi Gras Indian

Yesterday was Super Sunday here in New Orleans, the one day each year that the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to be seen by the wider community. The tradition dates back to at least the mid-1800s, belonging to the African American population of New Orleans. Today there are over two dozen Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Here’s […]

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