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An Evolutionary Explanation for Fear of Female Promiscuity

Researchers in England find a link between sexual morality and women’s economic dependence on men.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker

Recent scholarship and popular journalism both suggest an unappealing future for American boys: You’re screwed.

 

A Maxim a Day Keeps Bad Feelings Away

Proverbial sayings such as “we’re all human” reduce feelings of regret and hypocrisy after men get into trouble. But new research finds they don’t have the same soothing effect on women.

 

Why Have Women Magicians Vanished?

Working magicians conjure up rationales — both beneficial and baneful — for why so few women perform magic.

 

Creasing the Celluloid Ceiling: More Female Roles on TV

A greater percentage of TV characters are female, a new study notes, but it’s still mostly guys offstage.

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Incumbents, Pray for Rain

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Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

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