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Slurs Offend Young Adults More Than Swearing

In 1972, the comedian George Carlin performed a comedy routine in which he listed the seven words you couldn’t say on television. He opined that profanity related to sexual activities, body parts and bodily functions wasn’t inherently good or bad. All words, he would say, are “innocent.” But reciting those seven words in public got...

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Revenge Porn Is Sexual Violence, Not Millennial Negligence

U.S. Representative Katie Hill was the latest victim of a form of sexual abuse that’s become increasingly common: revenge porn. Intimate photos of her were leaked to the media and published, without her consent, for the world to see – a transgression Hill suspects her estranged husband was behind. The photos implicated Hill in a...

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Drunk and Stoned… and On Instagram

Once upon a time you could become drunk and afterward, people might gossip about your oafish escapades but it more or less stopped there, unless you broke a law. Or you got stoned and did clumsy, stupid things, but the news didn’t travel too far. Perhaps a few photographs would be shared, especially if you...

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Research Debunks Myth of Super Bowl Sex Trafficking, Improves Media Narrative

For years news outlets have tied major sporting events to an increase in sex trafficking, but researchers have now revealed that assumption is a myth and that misleading news stories foster distorted views and misguided interventions that do not reduce harm or protect victims. Before 2018, 76% of U.S. print media helped propagate the myth...

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What Reddit’s Basketball Fans Can Tell Us About Online Discourse

Basketball season kicked off last month and with it comes the return of the most enduring of fan traditions: trash talk. Now, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have taken a deeper look at the rivalries and insults to better understand how sports junkies interact with each other online. The researchers, led by CU...

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Image Analysis to Automatically Quantify Gender Bias in Movies

Many commercial films worldwide continue to express womanhood in a stereotypical manner, a recent study using image analysis showed. A Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) research team developed a novel image analysis method for automatically quantifying the degree of gender bias in in films. The ‘Bechdel Test’ has been the most representative...

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An Evolution in the Understanding of Evolution

Remember domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species and Darwin’s tree of life metaphor we learned about in high school biology? That way of describing living-things lineages is just science’s best guess about how genes have mutated and split over time to change things into what they are today. It’s not uncommon for living...

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New Ideal Housewife Image Being Created by Social Media Influencers and Bloggers

The new generation of successful female bloggers and influencers on social media are changing the identity of the stereotypical “ideal” housewife. This is according to a new study by Magdalena Petersson McIntyre, a researcher at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Published in the Journal of Cultural Economy, the study...

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Do Unmarried Women Face Shortages of Partners in the U.S. Marriage Market?

One explanation for declines in marriage is a shortage of economically-attractive men for unmarried women to marry. Indeed, a new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family reveals a significant scarcity of such potential male spouses. The study’s authors developed estimates of the sociodemographic characteristics of unmarried women’s potential spouses who resemble the husbands of...