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Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade
Lisa Wade, Ph.D., holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in Human Sexuality from New York University. She is an associate professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @lisawade.

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Where Did the Ouija Board Come From?

It wasn’t just a toy.

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Women in Apocalyptic Fiction Shaving Their Armpits

Because our interest in realism apparently only goes so far.

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Gender Segregation of Toys Is on the Rise

Charting the use of “toys for boys” and “toys for girls” in American English.

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Theories of the First Topsy-Turvy Doll

The general consensus seems to be that these dolls were primarily for enslaved children, but the purpose of the dolls isn’t clearly understood.

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What Sociologists Can Tell Us About Serial Killing

Might cultural and structural variables predict state variation in the rate of male serial killer activity?

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U.S. Schools Are Teaching Our Children That Native Americans Are History

Professor Sarah Shear examined the academic standards for elementary and secondary school education in all 50 states.

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Rich Kids Are More Likely to Be Working for Dad

Nepotism is alive and well, especially for the well-off.

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Why Did Doctors Stop Giving Women Orgasms?

You can thank the rise of the vibrator for that, according to technology historian Rachel Maines.

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That Catcalling Video Is a Reminder of Why Research Methods Are So Important

If your methods aren’t sound then neither are your findings.

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The Best Moms Let Mess Happen

That’s the message of a Bounty commercial that reminds this sociologist of Sharon Hays’ work on “the ideology of intensive motherhood.”

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A Majority of Middle-Class Black Children Will Be Poorer as Adults

The disturbing findings of a new study.

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Egg Freezing Isn’t the Feminist Issue You Think It Is

New benefits being offered by Apple and Facebook probably aren’t about discouraging women from becoming mothers at a “natural” age.

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Voter Suppression, by Incompetence or Design

Data collected by the Cooperative Congressional Election Study shows how racial minorities have to wait longer at the polls.

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Who Talks to Who About Politics?

Do you know where your closest friends stand on the big political issues of our time?

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Politicians Are Just Following Our Lead on Same-Sex Marriage

Whereas with interracial marriage they actually led public opinion.

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Why the Number of Reported Sexual Offenses Is Skyrocketing at Occidental College

When you make it easier to report assault, people will come forward.

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The Bird Hat Craze That Sparked a Preservation Movement

How a fashion statement at the turn of the 19th century led to the creation of the first Audubon societies.

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The Majority of Languages Do Not Have Gendered Pronouns

A world without “he.” Or “she.”

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But How Do You Know That You’re Gay?

On the invisible norm of heterosexuality.

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Do You Think Our Criminal Justice System Treats Black People Unfairly?

If so, then the majority of Americans now agrees with you.

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Fashion as a Inescapable Institution

Like it or not, fashion is an institution because we can no longer feasibly make our own clothes.

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NFL Players Are More Law Abiding Than Average Men

According to records kept by USA Today, 2.53 percent of players are arrested in any given year.

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Racial Disparity in Imprisonment Inspires White People to Be Even More Tough on Crime

White Americans are more comfortable with punitive and harsh policing and sentencing when they imagine that the people being policed and put in prison are black.

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Can You Make Two People Like Each Other Just By Telling Them That They Should?

OKCupid manipulates user data in an attempt to find out.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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