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

Why Believing In Astrology Is Not As Harmless As You Think

People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe itself. » 6/25/14 11:20am 6/25/14 11:20am

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 12:09pm 1/29/14 12:09pm

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

Is the Penis Dangerous?

In a wonderful article called It’s Only a Penis, anthropologist Christine Helliwell talks of how her time with the Dayak community of Gerai in Indonesian Borneo changed her perceptions of the sexual body. She writes of a time when a man crept through a window and into the bed of a sleeping woman. She continues: » 10/09/13 5:10pm 10/09/13 5:10pm

'Hookup Culture' Is Officially Not a Thing that Exists

Sorry, trend-piece writers, you sweet and clueless scribes: it's really, really time to cast aside your moral panic and that blunt reed you were planning on using to inscribe upon a clay tablet a record of the strange mating habits of the college-aged millennial. "Hookup culture" is just not a thing. » 8/13/13 3:30pm 8/13/13 3:30pm

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 7:00am 8/11/13 7:00am

Study finds bearded men are more attractive, proves my mom wrong

A newly published study out of the University of New South Wales concludes that men and women perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive and better father-material than clean-shaven ones. WHO'S THE DISAPPOINTMENT NOW, MOTHER? » 5/06/13 3:00pm 5/06/13 3:00pm

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

The Recession Hates Marriage, Weddings More Than Ever

According to new census data, marriage rates in 2009 were the lowest they've been in a century. Why? It's the economy, stupid. Well, that, and the Wedding Channel. » 9/28/10 4:15pm 9/28/10 4:15pm

Disturbing Percentage Of Americans Believe "Family" Includes Dogs, But…

A new study shows that for some 30% of Americans, pets can be considered family. But not so much for gay partners. » 9/15/10 9:30am 9/15/10 9:30am

We're Not Immature, We're "Emerging Adults"

One psychologist thinks twentysomethings who are marrying, procreating, and starting careers later than their parents are inhabiting a new life stage called "emerging adulthood." But do today's young people really need a special term to define them? » 8/18/10 4:12pm 8/18/10 4:12pm

When Women Went Grocery Shopping In Search Of Adventure

These sales-happy customer relations images from a modern food merchandising catalog (Modern Merchandising, 1939) come at an interesting time in the history of eating — or lesser yet, the history of buying food. » 7/16/10 3:00pm 7/16/10 3:00pm

Research On Marrying Women Will Definitely Lead To Sweeping…

Perhaps in response to all the recent talk about the female imperative for mate-poaching - or perhaps coincidentally - today's "Science Times" brings a piece by Natalie Angier suggesting that women are also prone to serial marriage. » 9/01/09 2:40pm 9/01/09 2:40pm

Kissin' Cousins

U.S.: One kiss. France: Two. Netherlands: 3. In today's "Freakonomics," Daniel Hamermesh asks, who makes the kissing rules? Who changes them? How do we learn them? And we'd better! [New York Times] » 1/09/09 7:45pm 1/09/09 7:45pm


A new book, The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie » 11/03/08 3:30pm 11/03/08 3:30pm is a sociological study that seeks to examine the history and culture of undies, and by extension, a society in transition. The authors find that the more religious the area — and correspondingly, conservative women's outerwear — "the more risqué the underwear." And the…

The old adage that men marry their mothers has some truth to it, according to some scientists who study this sort of thing. Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered that "If a man's mother is highly educated, chances are the woman he marries will have a similar education," Reuters reports. They surveyed… » 5/07/08 4:20pm 5/07/08 4:20pm