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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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Re-Imagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

What if Barbie is just as insecure as the rest of us?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Sexual Politics of Veganism

Veganism is too often presented as little more than a means of achieving idealized body types.

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How Republican Women Are Losing Out in the Polarization of Politics

As both of our political parties move to the ideological extremes, Republican women, who, unlike their Democratic counterparts, tend to be more moderate than the men in their party, are being left behind.

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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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3 Conferences Happening in May That Are Worth Attending

From Evil, Women and the Feminine to Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

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What Does It Mean to Drink Like a Woman?

Going out in an androcentric world.

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How Can Sanitary Pads Be Made More Widely Available in Low-Income Countries?

Heavily subsidized pads are making their way into rural areas, where girls were resorting to feathers, soil, and more—anything to absorb the blood—but we must find low-cost alternatives.

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What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned by Society

Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

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.

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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?

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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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Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn't have any extra emotional impact.

To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you'd be if the government didn't interfere with your life, but that's not what the research shows.

Give Yourself a Present for the Future

Psychologists discover that we underestimate the value of looking back.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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