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Is the world just? How big of a fish are you?

  By Bob Mankoff for The New Yorker. Buy his book! Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Where did Chinese laundries go?

Flashback Friday. Vintage Ads put up this advertisement in which a collection of “Chinese” bemoan the invention of the compact washer/dryer (text below): Selected text: If you know a little Chinese, you might sense these aren’t the kindest words you’ve seen. Some of our Chinese laundrymen friends have decided to throw in the towel. It […]

That thing about Republican marriages being happier (isn’t true)

In a new blog post, Brad Wilcox and Nicholas Wolfinger ask, “are red or blue spouses happier?” Their answer — suspense — red. Using the 2010-2014 General Social Survey, they start with this descriptive figure: Then they do adjustments, and show how their statistical controls explain the “Republican advantage in marital satisfaction.” And get this: So, […]

Hacked emails suggest that Sony’s fear of the NFL shaped its narrative about concussions in football

In a previous post, I wrote about a University of Illinois football coach forcing injured players to go out on the field even at the risk of turning those injuries into lifelong debilitating and career-ending injuries. The coach and the athletic director both stayed on script and insisted that they put the health and well-being of the […]

Does the Broken Windows Theory justify heavy policing of minor crimes?

The one-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death passed a little more than a year ago. Before Garner’s death, I had never heard of Tompkinsville, the Staten Island neighborhood where Garner regularly hung out, near the busy intersection of Victory Boulevard and Bay Street. This was Garner’s spot.  He played checkers and chess there, bought kids ice […]

This Month in SocImages (August 2015)

SocImages News: It was an incredible honor this month to attend the American Sociological Association meetings and accept the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award on behalf of myself and Gwen Sharp and our work on this site. We are so thrilled to know that instructors find the site useful and invigorating and, as I said at […]

Man dude givesticles men direrections bro he ball?

A comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, by Zach Weiner: …read the conclusion here! Read them all! Thanks for the tip @drkillgrove! 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.

From our archives: Hurricane Katrina

Today marks ten years to the day that Hurricane Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans and devastated the Gulf Coast.   These posts are from our archives: Was Hurricane Katrina a “Natural” Disaster? Profits Over People: The Human Cause of the Katrina Disaster An Iconic Image of Government Failure: Empty, Flooded School Buses Racism […]

Is New Orleans undergoing a revival?

Generally, residents of New Orleans are “remarkably optimistic” about its recovery and future. Partly because the city had just begun to recovery from Hurricane Katrina when the Great Recession began, it suffered less job loss relative to its pre-recession state and GDP actually grew 3.9% between 2008 and 2011. No other southern metropolitan area cracked 2% in the […]

Happy Birthday, C. Wright Mills!

Art by Andjelka Djukic. H/t Sociological Cinema.

Children’s educational trajectories after Katrina

A child that was 7 years old when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans will be 17 today. When the storm hit, he would have just started 2nd grade. Today, that 17-year-old is more likely than his same age peers in all but two other cities to be both unemployed and not in school. He is part of the Katrina […]

“Tourist, shame on you”: On disaster tourism

When tourists returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there was a new site to see: disaster.  Suddenly — in addition to going on a Ghost Tour, visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum, and lunching at Dooky Chase’s — one could see the devastation heaped upon the Lower Ninth Ward.  Buses full of strangers with cameras […]

White racial violence after Hurricane Katrina

Trigger warning for racist language and discussions of racial violence. After the storm had passed, while New Orleans was still in a state of crisis, residents of a predominantly white neighborhood that had escaped flooding, Algiers Point, took it upon themselves to violently patrol their streets. “It was great!” says one man interviewed below. “It […]

Who didn’t evacuate for Hurricane Katrina? A picture of those left behind

This is what it looks like when government fails to protect its citizens: When Hurricane Katrina hit, more than a quarter of people living in New Orleans in August of 2005 lived below the poverty line. Many of the poor in stayed at home to weather the storm. Why? 27% of New Orleanians didn’t own a […]

A feminist case for shoplifting

In this two minute clip, comedian Kate Berlant casually makes the case that women should steal cosmetics because, to paraphrase Berlant, no one should have to constantly pay for their own domination. Enjoy! Thanks Letta! Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Show More Summary

Re-racializing the fortune cookie

Flashback Friday. Jenn F. found herself faced with a “Lucky Taco” at the end of her meal at a Mexican restaurant.  It contained the following wisdom: “Paco says, ‘A bird in hand can be very messy.'” The Lucky Taco is, of course, a “Mexican” version of the Chinese fortune cookie with which most Americans (at […]

“I don’t see color; I love diversity”: College students’ conflicting race frames

Despite popular notions that the U.S. is now “post-racial,” numerous recent events (such as the Rachel Dolezal kerfuffle and the Emmanuel AME Church shooting) have clearly showcased how race and racism continue to play a central role in the functioning of contemporary American society. But why is it that public rhetoric is at such odds […]

Parsing American attitudes toward climate change

Who believes that the climate is changing? Researchers at Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication asked 13,000 people and they found some pretty interesting stuff. First, they found that there was a great deal of disagreement, identifying six types: The Alarmed (18%) – believe climate change is happening, have already changed their behavior, and are ready […]

Are bikini baristas sex workers? Are you?

Is there really a clean-cut difference between work and sex work? Is sex work really or always sexual? Are all the other jobs asexual? Where do we draw the line? Can we draw a line? Should we? These were some of the questions that we discussed in my power and sexuality class this past semester and, like magic, […]

Making sociological surgical decisions: Or, asking ladies about penises

Medical professionals often have the final say in deciding what counts as a “defect.” Often, their decisions exceed the bounds of medicine, addressing bodies that may deviate from “normal” or “average,” but do not actually cause medical problems. An alternative might be to allow the patient to decide if his or her body is acceptable, but in doing […]

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