Happy National Proposal Day, You Lonely, Unlovable Monster

As a reminder that you'll probably die alone looking into a mirror, whoever makes up holidays has deemed March 20th National Proposal Day, leaving you with less than 24 hours to find someone, anyone to propose to you and validate your entire existence. Here are some fun facts about that proposal you're not getting! » 3/20/15 1:15pm 3/20/15 1:15pm

This Is How Long It Takes to Have Sex With 10,000 Men

Gwyneth Montenegro is the author of 10,000 Men and Counting a harrowing account of one woman's sexual escapades while she was working as an escort. Here at Jezebel, we are nothing if not committed to science, so we asked a statistician to run the numbers on how long that whole thing would take. » 12/01/14 7:00pm 12/01/14 7:00pm

Having a Second Baby Makes Moms Unhappier than Dads

I haven't had any babies of my own, but everyone tells me that having two is exponentially harder than having one. Like, you've got one poop-covered screaming potato thing to deal with, and then all of a sudden YOU'VE GOT TWO. I missed the baby years with my stepdaughters, but even so, I've learned that when you have… » 6/12/14 5:40pm 6/12/14 5:40pm

Statistics professor challenges midwives' math on home birth safety

Recently a group of midwives published a paper about birth outcomes for home births, which seemed to indicate home birth is as safe as hospital birth. A skeptic blog got a statistics professor to analyze the paper, and came up with very different results. Check them both out! » 2/26/14 6:20am 2/26/14 6:20am

A State-by-State Look at Where Kids Are Not Being Vaccinated

You're more likely to die during sex than the numbers suggest

Here's a little anecdote that shows how hard it is to get accurate data on risk. Just to keep things spicy, the "risk" involved is the likelihood of dying from a fatal heart attack during sex. It's more complicated than it seems. » 1/12/14 1:00pm 1/12/14 1:00pm

Breaking News! Female Protagonists Are Still Rare in Gaming and Movies

Despite Geena Davis's simple, two-step process (so easy, a misogynistic producer can use!), women remain woefully underrepresented both behind and within the scenes of the movie and gaming industries. » 1/05/14 2:30pm 1/05/14 2:30pm

UK Women Under 50 Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Record Numbers

Breast cancer researchers in the UK have noticed a troubling trend recently, which is that more women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer. A record number of women under 50, actually — according to Cancer Research UK, 10,068 women under the age of 50 in the UK were diagnosed with the disease in… » 5/03/13 9:40am 5/03/13 9:40am

Lipsyncing for Your Life: A Highly Detailed Survival Analysis of …

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race. The transformation, the glamour, the sheer eleganza extravanga is something my life needs to interrupt the monotony of grad school. I was able to catch up on nearly four seasons in a little less than a month, and I've been watching the… » 3/11/13 6:00pm 3/11/13 6:00pm

Show This Depressing Graph to the Rape Apologist in Your Life

The next time some dick is all, "...but what about all those false rape accusations?" show him this excellent (albeit very sad) graph from The Enliven Project, which used data from Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey and FBI reports to show just how often rapes are reported (not often) and how… » 1/07/13 5:40pm 1/07/13 5:40pm

An Incredibly Detailed Super Statistical Hunger Games Survival Analysis

Whenever a new fad takes over pop culture, social scientists take note. They host conferences, teach courses, and write popular pieces trying to tie the newest thing to their favorite area of research. Consider this post a humble attempt to take that trend to its epic, nerdtastic next level. » 4/12/12 7:00pm 4/12/12 7:00pm

Teens Are Less Harlot-y Than Ever

Conservatives may believe that this country is full of wanton teens running around getting knocked up for fun, but they will be pleased to know that is actually not the case, According to new data from the Guttmacher Institute, teen pregnancies are on the downswing. In 2008, the year the most recent data is from, 7… » 2/09/12 12:55pm 2/09/12 12:55pm

America's Favorite Songs Are Almost Always About Sex

"Approximately 92% of the 174 songs that made it into the [Billboard] Top 10 in 2009 contained reproductive messages," declares SUNY Albany psychology professor Dawn R. Hobbs in her recent study about the prevalence of sex in American pop music. Are we at all surprised? » 10/03/11 7:30pm 10/03/11 7:30pm

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

Why Earn Money When Your Husband Can Do It For You?

Says one British researcher, "Women's aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning persists in most European countries...Women thereby continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers." » 1/04/11 12:20pm 1/04/11 12:20pm

Women Beat Men in Streaming-Teevee Piracy

Warner Bros. came up with this little stat after researching piracy trends for many months. Blame the lady pirates' weakness on those addictive Gossip Girl and vampire shows! Despite this, most pirates are men ages 18 to 24. » 12/11/10 4:30pm 12/11/10 4:30pm

Facebook Tells You When You Will Break Up

This graph, from a TED talk on Facebook visualizations, charts breakup cycles as monitored by Facebook. The good news? Christmas Day has the fewest breakups. Otherwise, it's grim — in a fascinating sort of way. » 11/03/10 6:46pm 11/03/10 6:46pm