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The American Man: Fighting Solves Everything

Wrestling with masculinity in a boxing gym.

We Read It

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Why Do Men Dislike Erotica for Women So Much?

William Giraldi’s attempt to pan Fifty Shades of Grey is just the latest in a long line of hollow critiques dating back to Elinor Glyn and the genre’s origins.

Sociological Images

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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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The Sexual Politics of Nudity on HBO’s Hit Television Shows

Male entitlement fantasies are part of a climate in which women are displayed as objects for the sexual fulfillment of men.

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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Louis C.K. on Assortative Mating: Why Do Men Overestimate Their Own Level of Attractiveness?

You may consider yourself a 10 out of 10, but who you end up with might be a better measure of looks.

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Violence Against Women Is on the Decline—but We Can Still Do More

Rates of sexual violence in the United States, whether measured by arrest or victimization, have declined by over 50 percent over the last 20 years.

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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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

Findings

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Stress Increases Empathy in Women, Decreases It in Men

New research from Vienna finds a big gender gap in how we respond to stressful situations.

But It's Just a Game

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Why Are Synthetic Hormones Off-Limits in Sports?

Our bodies naturally create hundreds of hormones that are key to determining our athletic abilities. But the introduction of unnatural hormones raises important questions about how we define sex and gender.

Findings

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Courtesy Can Be Counterproductive

A new study finds holding the door open for a man may dampen his self-esteem.

You Don't Know America

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Do You Have to Pee Standing Up to Be a Real Man?

This simple idea, encouraged by medical texts of the past that taught deviation from the norm would lead to confused sexuality and gender identity issues, has put a surprising number of babies under the knife.

Genes Are Us

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Girls’ Immune Systems Rule, Boys Drool

Why do women have such stronger immune systems than men?

The Big Screen

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Why the Oscars Should Be Segregated by Gender

Awards shows are great for women in Hollywood, but they can still do much more.

 

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Women Relax, Men Mountaineer: What Backpacks Reveal About Gendered Marketing of Outdoor Sports

Why do we need to sort our gear into men’s and women’s categories anyway?

 

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The Curious Evolution of the Sign Spinner

Something so simple can tell us so much about who we value and why.

 

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Men Feel Bad Around Smart, Successful Women

But the self-esteem of women is unaffected by the success of their male partners, according to new research.

 

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Why He Can’t Keep It in His Pants

New research suggests men and women have a similar ability to resist temptation, but men’s resistance fails more often because they experience stronger sex impulses.

 

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Why Do Men Wear Shorts?

Related: Why does everybody seem to care?

 

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In Praise of Younger Men

Rather than menopause preventing older women from reproducing, a new study suggests it’s the other way around, that a lack of reproduction—caused by a male preference for younger mates—led to the development of menopause.

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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 in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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