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Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Bad Feminist, XL Love, and The Birth of Korean Cool.

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A Way for Feminism to Overcome Its ‘Class Problem’

A growing body of research indicates that there are few other interventions that improve the economic prospects and work-life balance of women workers as much as unions do.

The Rest of the World

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Suape’s Children: The Social Conflict Surrounding One of Brazil’s Most Important Ports

What happens when you give power to a private security service in an attempt to quickly boost economic growth.

Findings

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The Woman in Red Is Seen as a Threat by Other Women

New research confirms that the color red sends a signal of sexual availability.

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Solving the Sign Problem for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

One writer proposes a simple solution that shouldn’t offend anyone.

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Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing

How organizations are working to recruit men into a female-dominated field.

The American Man

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The American Man: A Late Night at Magic Cobra Tattoo

Our constant exploration for a sense of belonging is just about the only thing that could bring Brooklyn hipsters, queers, and a Christian couple from California all together for tattoos in the middle of a full-moon night. That and the $13 price tag.

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Gender at the ‘New York Times’: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever

At the paper of record, female bylines only appear on about one-third of all stories.

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Stay-at-Home Parenting Is on the Rise Because Mothers Can’t Find Work

Low-wage shift work rarely covers the cost of child care.

Findings

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New Insights Into Why Some Men Assault Women

For some, the sense that they are not sufficiently masculine leads to stress, and ultimately to striking out at the women closest to them.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Not to Close the Gender Gap in Politics

As long as the Republican Party resists the welfare state, it’s going to have trouble attracting more female voters.

Findings

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Even Slight Gender Ambiguity Is Costly to Female Candidates

New research finds women politicians whose faces are instantly categorized as female are more likely to win elections.

X and Y

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Behind Closed Doors: Rape, Murder, and the Misplaced Confidence of Men

What makes it so hard for some men to question their own assumptions and so easy for them to act boldly and brutally when faced with closed doors?

What Is Cool?

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The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro

The misogynist portrait of modern American masculinity may be a historical accident. Here’s how to fix it.

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What Does It Mean to Drink Like a Woman?

Going out in an androcentric world.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Human Rights Advocate Who Wants to Study Post-Conflict Reconstruction

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Shrugging Off Gender Policing

An effective way to change or eradicate norms delimiting how men and women are expected to behave.

Mosaic

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Female Condoms: Meet the Ancestors to the Next Big Thing in Safe Sex

A predecessor to the female condom was available nearly 100 years ago.

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The Power of Female Leaders in Ethnically Diverse Countries

New research shows that countries with a lot of ethnic diversity experience greater economic growth when they have a female head of state.

Mosaic

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The Female Condom Is the Next Big Thing in Safe Sex

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is undergoing a transformation.

X and Y

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Leaning Out

By intentionally taking a step back from a career she worked hard to start, Alice Dreger estimates she has cost her family $750,000. Was it worth it?

Findings

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Looking Smart! Study Suggests Men’s Intelligence Can Be Judged by Sight

New research from the Czech Republic finds people can accurately judge intelligence by looking at faces of men, but not women.

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Doing Gender With the Face

The “sexy model face” isn’t built into our DNA, bone structure, or psychology, but projected.

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Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One third of the United States federal budget for fighting wildfires goes toward one percent of such fires. September/October 2014 big-one-fires-final

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