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Arranged Marriage in the Spotlight of “Indian Matchmaking”

Image by rajeshkoiri007 (Source: Pixabay) In Netflix’s docuseries, “Indian Matchmaking,” singles search … Read More

Are google searches different in states with more Trump supporters? A look at searches about gender, race, and sexuality

Image by chayka1270 (Source: Pixabay) You can tell something about a person—or a state—by their Google searches. This is … Read More

Vaccines, Masks, and Routine Disruptions during COVID-19

COVID-19 has forever changed the world and our lives. As of the beginning of July, the total COVID-19 cases around the world is approaching … Read More

Will a NFL Player Take a Knee at the Super Bowl?

Where is the “Take a Knee” movement today as the National Football League’s (NFL) 100th season comes to a close, four seasons after Colin Kaepernick first … Read More

Twenty Years in a Culture of Fear

    It has been 20 years since Barry Glassner first published The Culture of Fear: Why Americans … Read More

Does Masturbation Teach Women to Orgasm in Partnered Sex? (Maybe, but It’s Not Clear)

In 1994, while attending a United Nations conference on AIDS, U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders was asked her opinion on promoting masturbation to discourage youth … Read More

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ethnographies of the Global South

Contexts is a quarterly magazine that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers. The magazine is issuing a call for papers for its Winter 2021 … Read More

Are Social Scientists Next to be Imprisoned and Tortured? A call to unite and oppose the criminalization of social science

Over the past several weeks, there have been a number of troubling events striking fear among many of us in the social sciences who study … Read More

There is No Green Book for Walking

Why do African-Americans still need to cautiously navigate as pedestrians? Late last year, the movie “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen was released. Read More

Rwanda, Genocide, and Gender-based Violence

This month marks 25 years since the 1994 genocide that unfolded before the international community’s watchful eyes in the small East African country of Rwanda. Read More