Young American Men Prefer To Have Male Children

I've argued in the past against framing a preference for boy children as "culturally Asian." New data from Gallup shows that this preference is alive and well among Americans, at least among young men. While women are most likely to have no opinion and about equally likely to prefer a girl or boy, men are… » 8/12/11 10:30am 8/12/11 10:30am

How Calorie Counts Vary Around The World

We recently learned of a new photo project by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio documenting individuals' daily meals across many countries. While the former post gave averages, the photographs in Menzel and D'Aluisio's new book, What I Eat, offer data points. What one person reported eating in one day. They are… » 6/07/11 4:18pm 6/07/11 4:18pm

The Racialization Of Mental Illness

In a new book called "The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia became a Black Disease," psychiatrist and cultural critic Jonathan Metzl draws on a variety of sources — patient records, psychiatric studies, racialized drug advertisements, and popular metaphors for madness — to contend that schizophrenia transformed… » 5/23/11 6:15pm 5/23/11 6:15pm

How Different Races Intermarry

Recent studies show that inter-racial and -ethnic marriages are on the rise. Not all groups, however, intermarry at the same rate. Asians are more likely than Hispanics, Blacks, and Whites to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity. » 5/12/11 5:50pm 5/12/11 5:50pm

How To Turn A Doll Into An Action Figure

"Action figures" and "dolls" tend to be pose-able and non-pose-able, respectively, reflecting the idea that boys are encouraged to be active agents and girls passive objects. So j_l_larson devised a way to make girl toys that can do things. » 1/04/11 6:30pm 1/04/11 6:30pm