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Egalitarian Preferences, Gendered Realities

Most people say they’d prefer a balanced relationship. Photo by HomeSpot HQ via Flickr CC. Sociologists have been studying the gender revolution’s stalled progress … Read More

Sense of Control

Image by philhearing via Flickr CC. Social psychologists stress the importance of a sense of personal control as well as its sister traits, self-efficacy … Read More

Flash-Mob Movements

An artist’s remix of an “Unbroken” movie poster shows how far the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” message from Ferguson spread. Image by PosterBoy via … Read More

How Students Experience Desegregation Efforts

Photo by dhendrix73 via Flickr Many have decried the continued segregation of U.S. public schools along race and class lines, calling for action to … Read More

Academic Doping?

Adderral photo by hipsxxhearts via Flickr CC   Adolescents (or their parents) are 30% more likely to fill prescriptions for psychotropic drugs (usually stimulants … Read More

Learning to Parent Transgender Children

Photo by darkday via Flickr.   Over the past few years, stories of transgender children celebrated by their parents have flooded the Internet. But … Read More

Limits to Same-Sex Acceptance

Ryan and Michael share a moment of PDA. Photo by See-Ming Lee, Flickr CC. Click for original. In President Obama’s 2015 State of the … Read More

Neoliberal Mothering

Vaccine refusal is an elite process in which mothers embrace and replicate privilege in order to advocate for their children against state public health standards. Read More


How anti-Muslim fringe organizations became part of the mainstream in the post-9/11 world. Read More

The iPhone Effect on Social Interaction

Last September, Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 devices in a weekend. Are those just 10 million new ways to hinder face-to-face interaction? Read More