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 cupcake,… » 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

Who Actually Buys Bottega Veneta? We Ask A Girl Who Actually Owns One!

There is a totally made-up story in today's New York Times about Bottega Veneta. You know Bottega. They make those basketweave-y leather bags. Unless you don't know Bottega, in which case now you know the source of all the noxious superiority fumes whenever you're in the realm of one of the carriers of one of those… » 3/27/08 1:30pm 3/27/08 1:30pm