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  • But what about the shifting demographics, YouTube videos, and “cluster outbreaks” of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”?
    “… trans/LGBTQ+ people are highly stigmatized, face harassment, and our perspectives are largely discounted and not readily accessible in society at large. This is what leads trans/LGBTQ+ folks to seek one another out (regardless of age) for mutual support, shared understanding, and the exchange of relevant information and ideas.”
  • Work–Family Decisions Given a Weak Social Safety Net
    “School closures place a major institutional constraint on families to cover additional childcare. While the primary function of schools is children’s education, they also provide an expansive infrastructure of care, especially for elementary school–age children.[1] Never before have schools closed to the extent or duration that we have observed during… Continue Reading →
  • Surgeons Experience with Regret of Gender-Confirmation Surgery
    “Regret after gender-affirming surgery is considered a rare outcome. Among the 46 surgeons surveyed, a cumulative number of approximately 22,725 transgender patients were treated. 49% of respondents had never encountered a patient who regretted their gender transition or were seeking detransition care. Only a total of 62 patients [0.27%] regretted… Continue Reading →
  • On “Law and Order”
    “The rhetoric of “law and order” was first mobilized in the late 1950s as Southern governors and law enforcement officials attempted to generate and mobilize white opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights activists used direct-action tactics in an effort to force reluctant Southern states to desegregate public facilities. Southern governors and law enforcement officials often characterized these tactics as criminal and argued that the rise of the Civil Rights Movement was indicative of a breakdown of law and order. Support of civil rights legislation was derided by Southern conservatives as merely “rewarding lawbreakers.” …”
  • What’s something that was designed for the use of one sex but is now predominantly used by the other?
    As a sociologist of gender, I was really fascinated by the following thread. User hodgepodge282 on r/AskReddit asked the important question, “What’s something that was designed for the use of one sex but is now predominantly used by the other?” There are a couple of ones that people may already… Continue Reading →
  • how to be a good advisee
    Originally posted on scatterplot:
    Edit 2/6/20. I just linked to this old post. Re-reading, I’d give more overt attention to issues of student marginality and abusive profs. But I’ll let this essay otherwise stand as it was written nearly 12 years ago. As I suggested in response to the thread…
  • Language, the Manosphere, and Networked Harassment
    “The manosphere is an aggregate of diverse communities brought together by a common language that orients them in opposition to the discourse and rhetoric of feminism. Vocabulary contributes to a sense of common identity. Men’s rights communities use the term [misandry] to signify a form of undesirable feminism that they… Continue Reading →
  • Preface to the Jubilee Edition of The Souls of Black Folk (1953)
    “I sense two matters which are not so much omission on my part as indications of what I then did not know or did not realize: one is the influence of Freud and his co-workers in their study of psychology; the other is the tremendous impact on the modern world… Continue Reading →
  • The Gender of Cheerleading
    “At its inception in the mid-1800s, cheerleading was an all-male sport. Characterized by gymnastics, stunts, and crowd leadership, it was considered equivalent in prestige to that flagship of American masculinity: football. As the editors of the Nation saw it in 1911: The reputation of having been a valiant “cheer-leader” is… Continue Reading →
  • The Wild Scholarship of Max Weber
    “Weber himself was reported as saying: ‘I couldn’t care less about style; I just cough up my thoughts.’[1] In his attitude to work, periods of depressive aversion evidently alternated with ones of euphoria when he would be overwhelmed by the rush of ideas and ‘intellectual voraciousness,’[2] but when, at the… Continue Reading →
  • The Apartheid Wall
    Two days ago marked the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. However, in the West Bank, there is a wall twice as high and four times as long. Once construction finishes, it will stretch over 440 miles. While the West Bank does not belong to Israel, Israel… Continue Reading →
  • The Pink Dragon is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers
    Originally posted on Sociological Fragments:
    “The marketing illustrations for children’s Halloween costumes remains largely anchored in traditional gender roles, images, and symbols. The symbolic representations of gender contained within Halloween costumes may, along with specific costume titles, refurbish stereotypical notions of what women/girls and men/boys are capable of doing within…
  • A Pragmatic Argument Against High Inequality
    “It is important not to think that pragmatic arguments about inequality always support the status quo. There are also strong pragmatic arguments against high levels of inequality. Excessive inequality can have all sorts of undesirable practical consequences. Two considerations are particularly important here: the impact of inequality on the costs… Continue Reading →
  • Batterers, Abandonment, and Love Addiction: Jimmy’s Story
    Originally posted on Sociological Fragments:
    “Jimmy, like most of the male batterers I have encountered, suffered from both forms of addictive intoxication: the need for merger with an abundant other and the need to wrestle nature, as represented by his wife, into submission. Shirley helped me see the connection between…
  • Does Undocumented Immigration Increase Violent Crime?
    “At a minimum, the results of our study call into question claims that undocumented immigration increases violent crime. If anything, the data suggest the opposite.” Michael T. Light and Ty Miller “Our findings suggest that undocumented immigration over this period is generally associated with decreasing violent crime. The negative association… Continue Reading →
  • “You can’t handle the truth!”
    “Even though most men are not perpetrators, they nonetheless contribute to–and derive pleasure from–a sexist cultural climate where women are put down and sexually degraded. Thus they have little motivation to examine it critically, and a lot of incentive to look away.” Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox (2006) “One of… Continue Reading →
  • “Does the child support program make money? No…”
    Does the child support program “make money” for either the federal government or the states? The answer to this question, simply put, is no. Like most other social programs, the child support system provides to families a service that upholds a strong value-system of parents providing for their children, but… Continue Reading →
  • Critical Tasks in Transforming Gender Inequality
    “Many men have something to lose from further advances in gender equality. But it is also true that in certain important ways, men potentially have much to gain from deeper and more robust forms of gender equality in American life. In a world of real gender equality, men would have… Continue Reading →
  • Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and Adorno’s Psychological Technique: Content Analyses of Authoritarian Populism
    Using Adorno’s understudied textual analysis of the radio addresses of Martin Luther Thomas and Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign, this study extracted three rhetorical devices that Adorno uses to characterise Thomas and his authoritarian populism and transposed them to Trump. The first device was the lone wolf device amounting to anti-statism… Continue Reading →
  • The New Jim Crow: Mapping the Parallels
    The New Jim Crow: Mapping the Parallels “Those cycling in and out of prisons today are members of America’s new racial undercaste. …”
  • The Antichrist
    “True life, eternal life, has been found—it is not promised, it is here, it is in you: as a living in love, in love without subtraction and exclusion, without regard for station.” Jesus Christ, as quoted by Friedrich Nietzsche in The Antichrist The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding: in… Continue Reading →
  • The New Forms of Control
  • A Colossal Wreck; July 22, 2001
    “You can see why George Bush doesn’t believe in global warming. Having grown up in West Texas summers he doubtless believes it can never get any hotter.” “George Bush Sr. arrived [in Texas] in 1948, later recalling that ‘We all just wanted to make a lot of money quick.’ The… Continue Reading →
  • The Sociological Imagination
    “The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals. It enables them to take into account how individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious… Continue Reading →
  • The New Micro-Politics of Child Contact
    The fathers’ movements … have obscured the structural basis of the gendered division of labour that supports and sustains women’s greater role in child care, and have turned mothers’ objections into an apparently self-interested, child-harming defence of the status quo. … In framing the issues as ones of justice, they… Continue Reading →

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