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Children’s Picture Books Retain Stubborn Stereotypes

A new survey of children’s picture books finds gender stereotypes—nurturing mothers, breadwinning fathers—remain stubbornly persistent.

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Betty Friedan, Open Heart Surgery, and Me

On the 50th anniversary of “The Feminine Mystique,” the founder of Pacific Standard recalls saving the life of the headstrong author of that groundbreaking book.

Men: Want More Sex? Don’t Do the Laundry!

Sociologists refute the idea that husbands who help out around the house are repaid with sex.

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‘Slut’ Label Refuses to Die

A psychologist who reported last year that women can be just as interested as men in casual sex pinpoints one reason they hesitate: a justified fear of being judged.

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The Great Depression and the Rise of the Refrigerator

How the gleaming white fridge changed our relationship to food.

Sex Stereotypes and the Single Robot

German researchers report putting long hair on a robot is sufficient to get people to assign it “feminine” tasks.

Law of the Jungle: Powerful Men Have More Children

Anthropologist Christopher von Rueden’s studies of a Bolivian tribe suggest that men’s instinctive drive for power is a strategy to seed their descendants thickly.

Woman Boss May Lower Men’s Pay, Prestige

New research suggests men lose status if their supervisor holds a position traditionally occupied by a member of the opposite sex.

No Room for Error With Sex Stereotypes

For men and women in leadership positions usually occupied by the other gender, a single mistake is seen as evidence of incompetence.

Real Men Do Apologize

Newly published research finds men are as willing as women to apologize. But they’re less likely to believe a particular incident warrants contrition.

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Quick Studies

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014