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Is the “Mrs. Degree” Dead?

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

Is Michelle Jealous of Melania? Catty Stereotypes and Racist Cartoons

Many are aghast at a cartoon recently released by a well-known right-leaning cartoonist, Ben Garrison. Rightly, commentators are arguing that it reproduces the racist stereotype that African American women are more masculine than white women. Show More Summary

Contrary to Stereotypes, Women Lose More Time in Traffic than Men

“[A]n analysis of traffic can enrich sociological theory.” (Schmidt-Relenberg, 1968: 121) Almost everywhere we go is a “gendered space.” Although men and women both go to grocery stores, different days of the week and times of the day are associated with different gender compositions of shoppers. Most of our jobs are gendered spaces. In fact, […]

The Trucker, His Downfall, and the US Economy

According to this graphic by NPR, “truck driver” is the most common occupation in most US states: But truck driving isn’t what it used to be. In 1980, truckers made the equivalent of $110,000 annually; today, the average trucker makes $40,000. What happened to this omnipresent American occupation? At the Atlantic, sociologist Steve Viscelli describes his research […]

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

Database Enables Users to Choose Films Based on Gender Balance

Polygraph‘s Hanah Anderson and Matt Daniels undertook a massive analysis of the dialogue of approximately 2,000 films, counting those characters who spoke at least 100 words. With the data, they’ve producing a series of visuals that powerfully illustrate male dominance in the American film industry. Show More Summary

Black Lawyers Are Likely to Face Harsher Scrutiny than Their White Counterparts

At Vox, Evan Soltas discusses new research from Nextoins showing racial bias in the legal profession. They put together a hypothetical lawyer’s research memo that had 22 errors of various kinds and distributed it to 60 partners in law firms who were asked to evaluate it as an example of the “writing competencies of young attorneys.” Some […]

“I Feel Like” and the New Individualizing of Morality

Historian Molly Worthen is fighting tyranny, specifically the “tyranny of feelings” and the muddle it creates. We don’t realize that our thinking has been enslaved by this tyranny, but alas, we now speak its language. Case in point: “Personally, I feel like Bernie Sanders is too idealistic,” a Yale student explained to a reporter in […]

The Invisible Worry Work of Mothering

Way back in 1996 sociologist Susan Walzer published a research article pointing to one of the more insidious gender gaps in household labor: thinking. It was called “Thinking about the Baby.” In it, Walzer argued that women do more of the intellectual and emotional work of childcare and household maintenance. They do more of the learning […]

“Tits”

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

Early Research on Police Body Cameras Suggests They Reduce Violence

Police brutality is a problem in US criminal justice. Police-worn body cameras are one potential “remedy” to these violent encounters, but they have both benefits and drawbacks. The cameras may increase transparency and improve police...Show More Summary

Women are less happy than men in marriage, so why does the media insist otherwise?

To Post Secret, a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: “Ever since we started getting married and buying houses,” she writes, “my girlfriends and I don’t laugh much anymore.” Her personal secret is, in fact, a national one. Show More Summary

How Much Do Racial Wealth Gaps Affect the Next Generation?

The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics recently looked at wealth inequality.  The first chart taken from the post shows wealth differences by race and age of head of family. Racial differences (white versus black and Hispanic) dominate whether looking at average or median net worth, and the gap grows as the head of the family […]

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 […]

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