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The Ugly Christmas Sweater: From ironic nostalgia to festive simulation

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has come and gone, falling this year on Friday, December 18th. Perhaps you’ve noticed the recent ascent of the Ugly Christmas Sweater or even been invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. How do we account for this trend and its call to “don we now our tacky apparel”? Total search […]

From Our Archives: Christmas

Movie Reviews Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (pictured) The History of Christmas Did the Nazis Celebrate Christmas? Militarizing Santa: Then and Now A Short History of Santa Claus Politics and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The...Show More Summary

The Elsewhere Effect

Americans have a low opinion of Congress. Less than 10% of the voters think that Congress is doing a good job. But their own Representative... not so bad. A third of us think that our own rep deserves re-election (Rasmussen). Even that is low. Until recently, a majority of people approved of […]

Residential, racial, and class differences in childhood asthma

Flashback Friday. A study by doctor Ruchi Gupta and colleagues mapped rates of asthma among children in Chicago, revealing that they are closely correlated with race and income. The overall U.S. rate of childhood asthma is about 10%, but evidence indicates that asthma is very unevenly distributed. Show More Summary

No, poverty is not a mysterious, unknowable, negative-spiral loop

I don’t have much to add on the “consensus plan” on poverty and mobility produced by the Brookings and American Enterprise institutes, referred to in their launch event as being on “different ends of the ideological spectrum” (can you imagine?). In addition to the report, you might consider the comments byJeff Spross, Brad DeLong, or […]

What does half of the US population have in common with the 20 richest people?

They hold the same amount of wealth. We all know that wealth is unequally distributed in the US. But, the results of a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies, authored by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, are still eye popping. Collins and Hoxie find that the wealthiest 0.1 percent of US households, an […]

Winners, losers, and the business of buyouts

“That’s private equity for you,” said Steve Jenkins. He was standing outside the uptown Fairway at 125th St. about to go to breakfast at a diner across the street. He no longer works at Fairway. Steve was one of the early forces shaping Fairway back when it was just one store at 74th and Broadway. […]

Fatalism, death, and the future: The lives of poor, urban teenagers

I recently moved to a neighborhood that people routinely describe as “bad.” It’s my first time living in such a place. I’ve lived in working class neighborhoods, but never poor ones. I’ve been lucky. This neighborhood — one, to be clear, that I had the privilege to choose to live in — is genuinely dangerous. There are […]

The Pill and the invention of the monthly cycle

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the intervention of the birth control pill. There is no doubt that the pill has had a huge influence on sexual attitudes, sexual activity, and how much control women had over their own fertility. The pill, although it may not be the right choice for everyone, should be celebrated […]

College men having sex with men: Are they (still) exclusively tops or bottoms?

Log onto any website where men who have sex with men (MSM) go to meet partners, and a key classification is whether a man is a “top,” a “bottom,” or “versatile.” These terms to refer to whether, when having anal sex with men, a man prefers to penetrate, to be penetrated, or is open to […]

Mizzou and Millennial tolerance for shutting down free speech

This November, a wave of student activism drew attention to the problem of racism at colleges and universities in the US.  Sparked by protests at the University of Missouri, nicknamed Mizzou, we saw actions at dozens of colleges. It was a spectacular show of strength and solidarity and activists have won many concessions, including new funding, resignations, and […]

The politics of euphemism: Cop-talk for shooting a suspect

The police do not shoot people. Not any more. Apparently, the word shoot has been deleted from the cop-speak dictionary. A recently released video shows a Chicago cop doing what most people would describe as shooting a kid. Sixteen times. That’s not the way the Chicago Police Department puts it. Chicago Tribune: A “preliminary statement” from […]

This Month in SocImages (November 2015)

SocImages News: Sociological Images’ post on Kim Kardashian and the patriarchal bargain is mentioned in Peggy Orenstein’s forthcoming book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. What a wonderful surprise! Also this month, we featured a guest post by sociology graduate student Nicole Bedera. Her criticism of the latest viral Barbie ad prompted NPR to […]

From Our Archives: Thanksgiving

Have a Sexy Thanksgiving! The Happiest Day of the Year! Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Up in 2011 Thanksgiving Mythology Red Bull’s Historically Stupid Thanksgiving Fantasy U.S. Schools Teach Children that Native Americans are History Theorizing...Show More Summary

23 Thanksgiving Food Facts

Five minutes for fun facts on this Thanksgiving. Some of my favorites: Stuffing goes back to at least the 4th century CE. Potatoes are truly an American tuber; it’s grown in every 50 states. Corn is a flower. Meat pies preceded desert pies and they were called “coffins.” In case you need a 15th century […]

Women and the making of holidays

I don’t know for sure what holidays are like at your house, but if they resemble holidays at my house, and most houses in the US, women do almost all of the holiday preparation: decorating, gift buying and wrapping, invitations, neighborhood and church activities, cooking, cooking, more cooking, and cleaning. Holidays are moments in the […]

Thanksgiving, the first TV dinner

Pre-prepared frozen meals pre-dated the Swanson “TV dinner,” but it was Swanson who brought the aluminum tray — previously only seen in taverns and airplanes — into the home. They were motivated by opportunity and necessity. The necessity went something like this, or so the story goes: After the 1953 Thanksgiving holiday, Swanson found themselves up […]

What explains differences in color preference by sex?

Flashback Friday. A study published in 2001, to which I was alerted by Family Inequality, asked undergraduate college students their favorite color and presented the results by sex.  Men’s favorites are on the left, women’s on the right: The article is a great example of the difference between research findings and the interpretation of those […]

The global sanitation crisis on #WorldToiletDay

One of the first things other academics ask me is “why are you interested in toilets?” For the vast majority of people, the biological function of waste excretion is an after thought, an activity that nobody wants to talk about, and often times, the mere thought of talking about shit grosses them out. I, however, […]

Is Beiber’s What Do You Mean? just as bad as Thicke’s Blurred Lines?

Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines,” achieved international recognition in 2013. But the lyrics were also heavily criticized as promoting sexual violence by celebrating “blurred lines” around sexual consent. Indeed, the song and video prompted an online photo essay in which women and men are depicted holding up signs with words they heard from their own […]

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