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Rich Defendant, Poor Defendant

Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, was convicted of sexually abusing his own child. Justifying her decision to put Richards … Read More

The Selfie Exchange

by Corey FieldsIf you are a teen with a social media account, chances are you have posted a selfie. Read More

Fashion Victims

Earlier this year, survey researchers at the University of Michigan questioned citizens of seven Muslim countries about how they think women should dress. They asked … Read More

Building Better Children

In an attempt to actively address gender inequality, Sweden has incorporated gender-neutral socialization into public education, stocking schools with gender-neutral toys. Swedish children also see … Read More

Mouse Click Plagiarism

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery—unless you’re a college student writing a course paper. Many colleges are trying to crack down on plagiarism … Read More

Tipping Woes

Americans like to tip, offering extra cash to everyone from service station attendants to home health care aides. But for some workers, like restaurant wait … Read More

Hunger Games As Role Model

Corey FieldsThe current popularity of the trilogy Hunger Games may offer teens a model of female leadership, according to … Read More

Boys Will Stay Boys

Sam Grinberg“Picture this: your 7-year-old daughter comes home from school in tears. You ask her what’s wrong and she … Read More

No Laughing Matter

In her 2013 book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg encouraged women to scale the corporate ladder. Yet women … Read More

The Marriage Diet

Corey FieldsGetting married may lead to weight gain—and not just because of that extra piece of wedding cake. Newlyweds’ … Read More