Demanding Our Cake and Eating it Too: Security and Privacy in American Politics

Contradictions in cultural values are common.  We often value things that are at odds with each other.  Some are fundamental values like our fierce defense of independence coupled with an intense commitment to family.  And others are more subtle like when we condemn shoplifting and then steal a bunch of those awesome little shampoo bottles […]

North West’s Impact

Recently on Slate, W. Bradford Wilcox speculated that Kanye West is unlikely to benefit from his new status as North West’s father. This is based on findings that fatherhood has physical and social benefits for men that live “proximate” to their children. Wilcox argues that fathers that live proximate (he means married to the mother […]

Confessions of an Introvert

For the past two weeks I’ve been running the gauntlet of one of the major milestones in the experience of many social science graduate students – doing research in the field. For me, that means approaching strangers in public places, armed with a clipboard and a giant smile, and asking them if they’d like to […]

“Are You Man Enough to Be a Nurse?” Campaign Posters

By: Tristan Bridges and Sarah Mosseri Cross-posted at Inequality by (Interior) Design Beliefs about inherent differences between men and women are pervasive.  Thinking about men and women in opposition to one another is a belief system, and one in which our culture puts a great deal of stock.  Gender differences are promoted by popular culture […]

The Friday Five: New Month, Interesting Questions

Happy June! This week, we were drawn to stories of friction: FLOTUS vs activist, technological utopia & dystopia, conflict in the soccer stands, and the struggles of blue-collar Millennials.  Check out the interesting questions raised by this week’s roundup:  Michelle Obama’s heckler, activist Ellen Sturtz, may have had a good point, but does the delivery […]