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City design and car ownership: Infrastructure needs for carlessness

Flashback Friday. The percent of carless households in any given city correlates very well with the percent of homes built before 1940. So what happened in the 40s? According to Left for LeDroit, it was suburbs: The suburban housing model was — and, for the most part, still is — based on several main principles, most significantly, […]

Sexism in ratings of intelligence across the life cycle

The average man thinks he’s smarter than the average woman. And women generally agree. It starts early. At the age of five, most girls and boys think that their own sex is the smartest, a finding consistent with the idea that people tend to think more highly of people like themselves. Around age six, though, right when […]

Why do Democrats lose so much? Organizational differences between the Parties

Originally posted at OrgTheory. Let us start with some basic data. First, the Democratic party has won the plurality or majority of the Presidential vote 6 out of 7 times since 1992. Yet, they won the Electoral College only 4 out of 7 seven times. Second, the Gallup polls shows that the Democratic party has […]

Countering class-based food stigma with a “hierarchy of food needs”

Flashback Friday.  Responding to critics who argue that poor people do not choose to eat healthy food because they’re ignorant or prefer unhealthy food, dietitian Ellyn Satter wrote a hierarchy of food needs. Based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it illustrates Satter’s ideas as to the elements of food that matter first, second, and so […]

Pitting homeless vets against Syrian refugees: A theme for online right-wing activism

When we see individuals holding cardboard signs and asking for spare change wearing camouflage, homelessness among veterans can seem like an epidemic. Recently, however, government efforts to reduce veteran homelessness have had great success. Show More Summary

Unbearable bodies: When nobody is good enough

Flashback Friday.  In a society that objectifies women, women learn that, to many others, they are their bodies. Because our bodies are the means by which others judge us, we place our bodies under deep and critical scrutiny. In such a world, all bodies are always potentially problematic. Women are too much of this or […]

Why the American Health Care Act is bad for women’s health

President Trump recently declared that Obamacare is “essentially dead” after the House of Representatives passed legislation to replace existing health care policy. While members of the Senate are uncertain about the future of the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) — which could ultimately result in as many as 24 million people losing their health […]

From our archives: Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, I wrote my third post on mothering for Money magazine about the divergence in income among other-sex couples once kids arrive, called the “motherhood penalty” and “fatherhood premium.” Here’s the whole list: The hidden penalty of motherhood — and what it costs us The invisible workload that drags women down The modern […]

Race, femininity, and benign nature in a vintage tobacco ad

Flashback Friday. In Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality, Joane Nagel looks at how these characteristics are used to create new national identities and frame colonial expansion. In particular, White female sexuality, presented as modest and...Show More Summary

Changing colors and big fish: On situational and cultural influences on perception

How observant are you? Here’s a test! Pay careful attention, then scroll down:....... Perception is not neutral, it’s curated. If we paid attention to everything in our environments all the time, we’d be overwhelming with information. So, we learn to direct our attention to what seems important at the […]

“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King

Originally posted at Gin & Tacos. If you want to feel old, teach. That movie quote is not wrong: You get older, the students stay the same age. Your cultural references are all dated, even when you think things are recent (ex., The Wire is already ancient history. You might as well reference the Marx […]

Travel, privilege, and the crush of the tourist gaze

Flashback Friday. During the colonial era, class-privileged citizens of colonizing nations would travel to colonized lands to, as I wrote in a previous post, “enjoy reveling in the seemingly bizarre and unfamiliar people and customs of these Other places…” Human beings, in other words, were among the objects of this tourism, along with gorgeous vistas […]

Sex and love in and after college, a Q&A exchange

Cross-posted at Center for Love and Sex. The Director of Center for Love and Sex, Sari Cooper, had the wonderful idea of doing a Q&A exchange. I recently wrote a book about sex in college, American Hookup, and she works as a therapist with young people in their post-graduation romantic and sexual relationships. I was curious to […]

International panhandling and vocabularies of motive

Flashback Friday. Adam Smith observed in his Lectures on Jurisprudence (1762) — a series of talks that he gave at the University of Glasgow — that national character plays a significant role in economic transactions: the Dutch, he said, are “more faithful to their word” and better at “performing agreements” than the English, and the […]

Matthew Desmond on the social problem of eviction

This month sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond’s book documents, in rich and depressing detail, what it’s like to try to pay rent as a low income earner and how easy it is to end up on the street. Eviction is not […]

“Start a family” began to mean “have children” more recently than you think

Originally posted at Family Inequality. It looks like the phrase “start a family” started to mean “have children” (after marriage) sometime in the 1930s and didn’t catch on till the 1940s or 1950s, which happens to be the most pro-natal period in U.S. history. Here’s the Google ngrams trend for the phrase as percentage of […]

Women and exclusion from long distance running

Flashback Friday, in honor of Kathrine Switzer running the Boston marathon 50 years after she was physically removed from the race because it was Men Only. The first Olympic marathon was held in 1896. It was open to men only and was won by a Greek named Spyridon Louis. A woman named Melpomene snuck onto the […]

Bill O’Reilly was paid more to leave FOX than FOX paid the women he harassed. Is this progress? Yes.

Sometimes you have to take the long view. This week Bill O’Reilly — arguably the most powerful political commentator in America — was let go from his position at Fox News. The dismissal came grudgingly. News broke that he and Fox had paid out $13 million dollars to women claiming O’Reilly sexually harassed them; Fox […]

Where did your 2016 tax dollars go?

More than 80% of the US federal government’s budget comes from payroll and income taxes. The National Priorities Project is dedicated to helping Americans understand how that money is spent. Here’s the data for 2016: The highest individual income “top” tax rate in history was 94%; that was the rate at which any income above 200,000 was taxed in 1945, equivalent […]

Women who perform femininity are judged to be less suited to science

Sexism in American society has been on the decline. Obstacles to female-bodied people excelling in previously male-only occupations and hobbies have lessened. And women have thrived in these spaces, sometimes even overtaking men both quantitatively and qualitatively. Show More Summary

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