Did China's one-child policy actually reduce population growth?

China made huge headlines late last month when it decided to ease its famous "one-child policy" after more than three decades. The policy, requring most couples to have only one child, stands as one of the most famous social experiments of the past century. But how successful was it? » 1/29/14 4:50pm 1/29/14 4:50pm

The Income Gap Has Made Rich People More Efficient Porn Viewers

Despite all of its many and varied uses for acquiring and sharing knowledge or engaging in real, empathetic dialogue with strangers, the internet is, in the words of the inimitable Trekkie Monster, for porn. Also, the internet is for arguments about the sexuality of Harry Styles, which just serves as further proof… » 12/01/13 1:00pm 12/01/13 1:00pm

Voters Who Are Neither Moms Nor Waitresses Now Being Referred to as…

While I'm legally obligated to mention in every post about the upcoming election that it will be very close and polls are saying all kinds of things that should keep people of all political stripes glued to cable news outlets during this, the political media's quadrennial Christmas shopping season, there's something… » 10/25/12 3:00pm 10/25/12 3:00pm

Survey: Not All LGBT Americans Are Neil Patrick Harris

A massive poll released by Gallup today reveals some truths about the American LGBT community that might shock and upset people who like to imagine that television is real life: contrary to prime time network tropes, people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual are more likely to be… » 10/19/12 5:45pm 10/19/12 5:45pm

Morons Disappointed to Learn Most Babies Born in America Are Not White

When the US Census bureau announced this morning that for the first time in US history, the majority of babies born in 2011 were not white, naturally my first thought was to see what paranoids and dum dums on the internet were saying about it, because I'm nothing if not a chronic hater. After all, this sort of topic… » 5/17/12 3:10pm 5/17/12 3:10pm

The Recession's Latest Victim: Paid Maternity Leave

As the economy continues to run frantically around the house looking for its wallet, keys, and cell phone even though it's already half an hour late, employers are trying to cut corners in order to stay afloat. One of the easiest corners to cut, it turns out, has been in providing maternity benefits to female… » 11/11/11 11:30am 11/11/11 11:30am

Does Anyone Else Feel Like Their Value As A Voter Has Just Been…

Like many women who are probably reading this, I was an awkward little kid » 10/03/08 6:00pm 10/03/08 6:00pm. After the first flush of kindergarten boyfriends eventually gave way to playing like little adults in grade school, I was one of the many girls who didn't have a boyfriend. I didn't even dance with a boy until the 8th grade, when my best…