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Study: Domestic Violence Hurts Survivors' Finances and Work Stability

A study of nearly 4,000 Pennsylvania women suggests that domestic abuse can have a long-term and profoundly destructive impact on survivors' ability to earn money. The study authors looked at women who applied for civil orders of protection against their abusers between 1995 and 1996; they found for nearly all of… » 3/20/15 4:20pm 3/20/15 4:20pm

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

What Watching 100 Episodes of Jeopardy Tells Us About Uptalk

Nothing that surprising, apparently, as sociologist Thomas Linneman's research, which was gleaned from him examining patterns in uptalk using Jeopardy contestants. After those 100 episodes, he concluded that uptalk can reinforce gender norms, based on the divide in when and how often male vs. female contestants… » 1/08/14 7:00pm 1/08/14 7:00pm

Could this gloomy song really inspire a person to commit suicide?

Rezső Seress and László Jávor's song "Gloomy Sunday" may be one of the most depressing songs ever recorded, and is commonly called "The Hungarian Suicide Song" because of its connection to a rash of 20th century suicides. But could this admittedly glum song really trigger suicidal behavior? » 8/11/13 9:00pm 8/11/13 9:00pm

We Need a Picture of Hillary Clinton In Every Room In America

Hillary Clinton has long been a role model for women in male-dominated fields, but a new study proves that her status as an inspiration is taken quite literally. After conflicting reports from a 2010 study posited that the self-perception of women was detrimentally affected by high-powered ("elite") female figures in… » 4/20/13 2:30pm 4/20/13 2:30pm

A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat

Cupcakes are not new. Cupcakes have been around the block. Cupcakes have been declared the "it" treat for years, both "recession proof" and simultaneously "over." Yet cupcakes persist, now more than ever. And cupcakes are no longer just a delicious bite of sugar and frosting, cupcakes are a symbol. When you see a… » 5/18/12 3:40pm 5/18/12 3:40pm

The Pseudo-Science Behind Dating Websites Is Total Crap

Like Love Potion no. 9, a decent film adaptation of Infinite Jest, and passable meatless bacon, the notion that a dating website like eharmony can utilize user-entered data to precisely and scientifically predict future relationship potential is a quixotic myth willed into being by our stupid dreams and kept alive by… » 4/17/12 1:15pm 4/17/12 1:15pm

The Funnest Factoids From The White House Report On Women

There may be no new studies in the just-released White House Report on Women, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from the report, which conveniently culls all relevant government data on women. That includes some breakdowns of things we've been hearing about for awhile — women's education attainment… » 3/02/11 10:02am 3/02/11 10:02am