Suffragette Cats Are the Original Cat Ladies

Cats and dogs are gendered in contemporary American culture, such that dogs are thought to be the proper pet for men and cats for women (especially lesbians). This, it turns out, is an old stereotype. In fact, cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery. Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage… » 12/06/13 7:15pm 12/06/13 7:15pm

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this. … » 12/03/13 6:00pm 12/03/13 6:00pm

High Heels Signify Status, Separate the Classy From the Trashy

I don't know about you, but whenever I go shopping for shoes, I'm always stunned by the incredible disproportion of high heels. I'm just gonna guestimate here, but I'll bet 85% of the shoes at the average store are high heels so impractical that most women only wear them on special occasions that involve a lot of… » 2/27/13 2:30pm 2/27/13 2:30pm

Black Model Little More Than a Prop in Scottish Catalog

One of the many privileges that Peggy McIntosh identifies in her famous essay on "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" is that, as she writes, "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented." This statement resounded when I saw the images… » 2/07/12 5:45pm 2/07/12 5:45pm

How Long Does It Take To Get A Visa For Your Family?

Here's a revealing look at the wait time to get a family-sponsored immigration visa in America. With the removal of strict, racialized quotas in 1965, the U.S. turned to a policy based on a set of priorities for deciding who would be granted a visa; among the various categories was a preference for those who had… » 1/04/12 6:15pm 1/04/12 6:15pm

For Girls In A Matrilineal Society, Math Isn't Hard

It's the kind of finding to warm the hearts of us liberal, Larry-Summers-hating, gender-egalitarians. Summers — you saw him in The Social Network as the Harvard president who had no patience for the Winklevoss twins (he didn't have much patience for Cornel West either and probably many other things) — suggested that… » 10/26/11 2:55pm 10/26/11 2:55pm

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