Philip N. Cohen
I write the Family Inequality blog. I'm a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, where my research concerns social inequality, families, workplaces and labor markets. Visit my website for more information.

Entries by Philip N. Cohen

¡Socorro, tengo el ojo más grande que la muñeca! La deformidad de género en 'Frozen'

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 9:52 AM

No puedo añadir demasiado a las críticas sobre los roles de género en las películas Disney. Pero quiero actualizar mi serie sobre la deformación de género de la factoría de animación. El último en unirse a la lista es Frozen.

Justo cuando me estaba planteando cuáles eran...

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'Help, My Eyeball Is Bigger Than My Wrist!': Gender Dimorphism in Frozen

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 1:17 PM

I can't offer much in the crowded field of Disney gender criticism. But I do want to update my running series on the company's animated gender dimorphism. The latest installment is Frozen.

Just when I was wondering what the body dimensions of the supposedly-human characters were, the script...

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Girls Braced for Beauty

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people -- visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or ideals in the social world.

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Does History Repeat Itself, But With More Porn? A Final Word on the Miley Cyrus Debate

(10) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:24 PM

In 1990 I was still an American Culture major in college, but I was getting ready to jump ship for sociology. That's when Madonna's "Justify My Love" video was banned by MTV, which was a thing people used to use to watch videos. And network TV used to be a...

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Cell Phones Don't Kill People, Cars Kill People

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:16 PM

A powerful new documentary by Werner Herzog is making the rounds (presented by the phone companies), showing the consequences of accidents caused by phone-distracted driving. It got me to revisit my posts on mobile phones and traffic accidents and do some more speculating about this.


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Women's Black-White Employment Gap

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 11:00 AM

The new employment realities.

Nancy Folbre's good new post on the "Super Sad True Jobs Story" reminded me that I haven't updated the Black-White women's employment gap graph since last fall.

As you may recall, before the recession Black women had higher employment rates than White women. Since...

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Was FDR Born That Way?

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2011 | 3:23 AM

I can't wait to see historian Jo B. Paoletti's forthcoming book "Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls from the Boys in America." Her work is profiled in a new article my friend Scott showed me. I used an article of hers to write about historical changes in the social...

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Putting Teen Birth Rates on the Maps

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2011 | 3:16 AM

The latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is out, with a report on teen birth rates in the U.S. The press release announces, "U.S. Teen Birth Rate Fell to Record Low in 2009." (The report has information about birth control, virginity and sex education as well.)

The CDC's

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The Fall of 'Mary'

(10) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 3:05 PM

Forget the war on Christmas. What about the fall of Mary?

I'm posting this a little before Easter to give The Media time to work up the story by the weekend. Here it is: For the first time in the history of the United States of America, the name Mary...

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Mancession, Hecovery (Shock and Awe)

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 9:57 AM

Thanks to a tip from Bill Bielby, I found myself listening to Diane Sawyer on ABC say, "There is a new chapter tonight in this very serious battle of the sexes..." This is what she looked like as she said it:

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Stop That Feminist Viral Statistic Meme

(16) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 10:15 PM

That thing you might have heard, about women's work, income and property ownership -- it's not true. (And yes, I really am a feminist.)

If you're a feminist you've probably seen this. You may have even repeated it: verbally, on your blog, on a flyer, on Twitter, in your book...

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Where Does the Gap in Support for Marriage Rights Come From?

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 7:02 PM

Where does the Black-White gap in support for marriage rights come from?

The Washington Post details the last-ditch efforts by Black Christian leaders in Prince George's County, Maryland to stop the state from legalizing homogamous marriage.

The county, just outside Washington, D.C., is "the nation's most affluent and...

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Have You Said "Homogamy" Today?

(33) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 1:35 PM

Have you said "homogamy" today?

The latest issue of the Journal of Family Theory and Review is out. A young journal, in only its third volume, it's well worth a look. For example, the current issue features an interesting debate on gender display and housework between Oriel Sullivan, Esther...

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How Race and Class May Affect Asthma

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 3:19 PM

I have a dream that one day children of all nations, races and ethnicities will have the same (low) rates of asthma.

The other day I linked to a new set of tables and charts from the CDC on health disparities. There are great kernels of sociology lessons...

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Creating care vacuums as nursing homes close

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 1:17 PM

Which came first, the closed nursing home or the doubled-up household?

The recession-driven spikes in multigenerational households and cohabiting couples are making families feel the love a little more proximately. These are spikes in longer-term trends; another one is the race and class disparity in reliance on nursing...

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Mother No More?

(13) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 7:54 AM

North Carolina's Supreme Court voids "second-parent" adoptions by homogamous couples.

Related Topics, by Judy Shapiro, calls my attention to a very aggressive anti-gay-parent ruling by the N.C. Supreme Court, which retroactively voided the adoptions of same-gender spouses. The decision, in the case Boseman v. Jarrell, went beyond the...

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Multigenerational Families, Recession Studies

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 7:12 AM

The hows and whys of multigenerational living during the recession.

A new article in the NY Times describes the experience of multigenerational families living together during financial hard times. This pattern and its implications should be an important part of recession studies in the coming years.

Extended families may live...

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Parenting through the (very recent) ages

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 9:50 PM

What are we going to do with the new Google tool? Consider "parenting."

I remember reading a column by the Times' Lisa Belkin last year, in which she wrote about the decline of over-parenting and the rise of the hip new nonchalant parenting. It's a series of fads, she...

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Rich Budget, Poor Budget

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 8:44 AM

Now that $250,000 is the official definition of a "rich" family, let's compare budgets.

The Washington Post reports that "$250,000 is etched in the minds of policymakers and pundits as the number that separates the middle class from the wealthy."

To see how the other 2.9% of couples live,...

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Asian Images

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 10:24 PM

Picking up today's New York Times, I was terrified by the cover image. An army of Chinese hackers was apparently coming for me. Their image seemed to have been captured in the Wikileaks document dump:

On closer inspection,...

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