Child Raised ‘Gender Neutral’ to Avoid Stereotyping

January 27, 2012 coms 0

A British couple who kept their child’s gender a secret for five years have revealed that the child is male. Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper say that they kept their son’s sex under wraps because they wanted him to grow up free from society’s preconceived ideas about what constitutes gender-appropriate behavior.

Women and math stereotypes

Stereotype Busted! Women Are Not Worse At Math Than Men [Study]

January 25, 2012 coms 0

“Math is hard!” cries Teen Talk Barbie. Those words made Matel revamp the doll so that she did not say she found math hard after protesters insisted that it was degrading to women. It turns out that they were right according to a study researched at the University of Missouri.

Fotoshop by Adobé Makes Fun of Media Beauty Standards [Video]

January 17, 2012 coms 0

We have all observed the unrealistic and unattainable beauty standards that modern media highlights. Through the commercials like those of Dove and other documentaries we have come to realize that those levels of beauty are only made possible by vast amounts of makeup and computer editing. In this video, we get a chance to laugh at these processes with concepts.

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Sexist, Sexy Heroes Invade Comic Book Pages [Study]

December 22, 2011 coms 0

Many of the products aimed at holiday shoppers this year are inspired by popular comic books. Most of these items, including toys, games, accessories and clothing, feature superheroes with names that parents will recognize from their own childhoods. According to new research from the University of Cambridge, however, these familiar characters may bear little resemblance to the wholesome heroes whose adventures filled the comic books of a generation ago.

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Men See Discussion of Problems as ‘A Waste of Time,’ Says Study

October 24, 2011 coms 0

Since time immemorial, psychologists—and women—have assumed that men avoid talking about problems due to feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable with their emotions, or because of a society that degrades men for appearing “weak.” However, a new study from researchers at the University of Missouri reveals that men simply view discussing problems as a waste of their time.

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Sexual Orientation and Race Affect Likability [Study]

September 13, 2011 coms 0

Psychological researchers at the University of Toronto have recently conducted a study about the effects of sexual orientation on impressions. The results of the study indicate that homosexual men may experience differences in likability based on race. Specifically, white heterosexual men are deemed to be more likable, but gay black men seem to have more likability.

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Social Connections in the Workplace Do Not Benefit Women [Study]

September 12, 2011 coms 0

Who you know might carry more weight in your hiring than your actual work knowledge and experience. Work experience in the field should result in meeting helpful social contacts, and these individuals might eventually give a helping hand in entering the workforce. Unfortunately for women, a North Carolina State University study found that women do not receive the benefits of work contacts made through experience. For one reason or another, only men enjoy the benefits of social connections.

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Viewing Idealized Body Images Temporarily Increases Personal Body Satisfaction [Study]

July 27, 2011 coms 0

A recent study suggests that viewing ideal female body types can initially provide improved body image satisfaction. However, some notable behavior changes occurred in the women reporting significant increases in body image satisfaction: These participants made dietary alterations during the course of the study, including methods such as decreasing carbohydrate intake and meal skipping.