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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 […]

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 […]

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