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What Mothers Really Want

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abby L. Ferber

Do we really value mothers in our culture? The answer doesn't lie in the money we spend on cards and gifts, but in the health, safety, and quality of life mothers experience every day of the year.

Adventures in Pornland

Gail Dines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gail Dines

When I started to write Pornland, my first thought was: How can I find the words to describe just how brutal mainstream Internet porn has become?

India's Swift, Strange Social Change (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Patrick Heller was 16 years old, a school boy, when his Swiss parents moved to New Delhi in the late 1970s. India became his school -- his inescapabl...

The Strangest New Teen Trend: Vlog Hauling

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Their purpose is not entirely clear. For fun? To show off? Regardless, hundreds-- if not thousands-- of these videos have proliferated over YouTube. And the strangest part: people are watching.

Is God A 6'-3" Invisible Rabbit?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Today, encouraged by promise-the-world preachers, we Americans seem increasingly ready to leave our civic duties and personal responsibilities in God's hands.

Cohabitation, divorce?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics has been received as evidence that "cohabitation has little effect on marriage success." O...

More Minority Babies Will Be Born In 2010 Than White Babies, Demographers Predict

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become t...

Religion And The Civic Imagination

The Immanent Frame: blogs.ssrc.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

if there is a benign form of American civil religion in the making, it has been a long time coming....

Pilot Season: Trying to Figure Out TV's Next Big Hit

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Could we have predicted that Glee or Modern Family would be hits? Maybe, maybe not. Do people want to see the macro themes of our culture on TV, or are they just looking for escapism?

Gendering Parenthood Studies

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Who parents "best"? This post follows up on Exemplary parenting, same-sex style. A new review of several dozen parenting studies attempts to assess t...

Parenting Advice: Staying Together For The Kids?

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

When couples aren't getting along, their irritation or anger with each other often spills over into their relationships with their children. They suffer the consequences.

Food Stamps Will Feed Half Of US Kids, Study Says

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout...

Two Scholars Ask: What if Marriage Is Bad for Us?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Marriage is not for everyone, and people who want to stay single should not be targeted with singlism because of it.

The Evolution of Technology

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

Have you ever thought about how far we've come in our ability to connect with others and how far we'll go? I've been thinking a lot about connectivity recently and have always found that looking back to where we came from can help us better understand where we are today and, more importantly, where we may be going in the future.

New Required Reading for Dieters

Denise Brodey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Denise Brodey

We are a nation of armchair dieters, who love to curl up with a good dieting guide. What do you consider sane, fresh, new required-diet reading?

Recession Intensifies GenX Discontent At Work: Generation X Vs. Baby Boomers, GenY

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them...

Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely To Marry:

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- The scars of childhood cancer may go beyond the physical: Adults who survived cancer as children may have lower-than-aver...

Roots of Right-Wing Populist Rage -- Reds to Beds

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

There are tens of millions of conservative Christian evangelicals who read, watch, or hear crazy messages on a weekly basis. Stop laughing and start organizing.

Roots of Right Wing Populist Rage -- Realignment

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

It is neither accurate nor useful to see the current Right wing as one gigantic top-down, corporate run, astroturf, revolt of ignorant wingnuts.

White Racism Black Bigotry: The Talk About Race is All Wrong!

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

The problem with discussing "issues of race," is that it dummies down the issue of racism to an individual level, when the real problem is at the macro level.

Why Driving Makes Us Angry, Bitter and Fearful

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

The constant danger of accidents heightens our emotional responses to other drivers, and directs our anger and bitterness towards individuals around us instead of towards a traffic-based society.

The Breakfast Club Takes on Jackson, Fawcett, Sanford, Mrs. Madoff

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

On the day after Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett went to their fabulous maker(s), The Breakfast Club kicked off its daily meeting with discussions of both departed celebs.

Bleeding Heart Liberals Proven Right: Too Much Inequality Harms a Society

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Fuller

The well being of whole societies is closely correlated not with average income level but rather with the size of the disparity of income between the top 20% and the bottom 20%.

Breakfast Club Forever!

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

It wasn't long before the koffee klatch to which I paid fealty had a name. We were The Breakfast Club.

You Think For Yourself but You Act Like Your Friends (on homophily)

Auren Hoffman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Auren Hoffman

Friends have the capacity to affect people's tastes, activities, and their lives overall.