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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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What’s Wrong With Women’s History Month?

We’re only recognizing women who have excelled at what are generally thought to be “masculine” pursuits.

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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.

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How Do We Get More Women Cycling?

The number of women on bikes is an indicator of a city’s cycle-friendliness and -safety. Improve those and you’ll get more people out of their cars.

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What Talent Shortage? The Great American Brain Waste of Our Captive Labor Market

Our biggest businesses complain about a shortage of skilled labor. Instead of calling on the government to act, they should consider workplace policies that are friendlier to women and immigrants.

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Celebrating the Baby Dolls of Mardi Gras

Flouting both gender and race rules at New Orleans’ famous street festival.

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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.

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Let’s Take a Moment to Talk About the Good Side Effects of Birth Control

As a way to politicize the issue, most media coverage of birth-control methods is focused on the potential complications of use, but far more women experience positive benefits, including cancer prevention and menstrual regulation.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

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The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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