In the months since Harvey Weinstein was outed as an alleged serial sexual harasser and rapist there has been a ripple effect through Hollywood. With the growth of the #MeToo movement encouraging women to tell their stories, there has been no lack of names on the list of men accused of horrible things. Weinstein’s outing… Continue reading All The Men In Hollywood Whose #Time’sUp
Major Demographic Changes of Age and Race Underway Back in 2014 Pew Research Center released an interactive report titled “The Next America” that reveals the sharp demographic changes in age and racial make-up that are on track to have the US look like an entirely new country by 2060. The report focuses on major shifts… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the New United States
Study Finds Gaps Between Scientists’ and Public’s Views on Key Issues While 87 percent of scientists believe that global warming is attributable to human activity, just 50 percent of US adults do. A study by Pew Research Center, which surveyed a representative sample of US adults and members of the American Association for the Advancement of… Continue reading Do You Think Like a Scientist?
Why Shaking Up Everyday Life is a Useful Protest Tactic Culture jamming is the practice of disrupting the mundane nature of everyday life and the status quo with surprising, often comical or satirical acts or artworks. The practice was popularized by the anti-consumerist organization Adbusters, which often uses it to force those who encounter their… Continue reading Culture Jamming for Social Change
Heteronormative, Sexist, and Consumerist Traditions to Avoid This year, about 62 percent of US adults will celebrate Valentine’s Day. When it’s all said and done, they will spend over $13 billion on the holiday, for an average of $116 each. Noted Yale sociologist Jeffrey Alexander points out that Valentine’s Day is so widely celebrated because rituals are… Continue reading How to Have a Feminist Valentine’s Day
On Economic and Cultural Factors In 2014 the Pew Research Center found that great differences exist between American and European Millennials’ attitudes toward hard work, success, and the influence of outside forces on the trajectories of their lives. European Millennials are far more likely to believe that success is out of their hands than are American… Continue reading Why Are US Millennials More Optimistic Than Those in Europe?
Facebook Universally Popular, But Use of Other Sites Shaped by Race It’s probably no surprise that Facebook is the most commonly used social networking platform among US adults. Of the 81 percent of us who use the internet, 71 percent of us also use the site. That translates to more than half of all US… Continue reading Does Race Affect How You Use Social Media?
It’s Time to Reconsider the Value of this Practice Sexism and gender discrimination are well documented in the US. They lead to an unjust pay and wealth gap, to unequal access to educational resources, and even to an orgasm gap. Now, they’ve been clearly documented in student evaluations of college and university faculty. Dr. Benjamin… Continue reading The Big Sexist Problem With Student Evaluations
Systemically Racist Police and Judicial Practices Found On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released two reports following investigations into the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO police officer, Darren Wilson; and a general investigation into whether race plays a role in policing and the judicial system in the… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the DOJ Report on Ferguson
Study Finds Women Introduce More Bills and Do More Bipartisan Work Unequivocally, yes. A study of publicly available legislative, data conducted by Quorum, a political analysis firm launched by Harvard students, found that women senators introduce more bills, make more bipartisan deals, and pass more legislation than their male counterparts. To conduct this study, Quorum… Continue reading Are Women More Productive Than Men in the Senate?