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  1. The Serious Business of Mommy Bloggers

    As their online efforts gather attention and become revenue sources, “mom bloggers” struggle to balance commercial affirmation with authenticity.

  2. U.S. Attitudes Toward Lesbian and Gay People are Better than Ever

    The large-scale increase in attitudes toward LGBT americans has outpaced change on other social dimensions like race and immigration status.

  3. Transitioning Out Loud and Online

    Today’s gender dissidents find support, community, and practical advice by sharing information and creating intimacy through trans vlogs.

  4. Depression, Work and Family Roles, and the Gendered Life Course

    Despite the importance of employment for shaping mental health over the life course, little is known about how the mental health benefits of employment change as individuals age through their prime employment and child-rearing years. This study examines the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 Cohort (N = 8,931), following respondents from their late 20s to mid-50s. Results suggest that among women, the aging of children is especially salient for shaping the mental health consequences of employment.
  5. Community Disorder, Victimization Exposure, and Mental Health in a National Sample of Youth

    This study considers whether elevated distress among youth living in more disordered neighborhoods can be explained by personal exposure to violence and victimization, level of non-victimization adversity, and family support. Analyses were based on a sample of 2,039 youth ages 10 to 17 who participated in the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, a national telephone survey conducted in 2008.

  6. Heinous Crime or Unfortunate Incident: Does Gender Matter?

    This study replicates and extends earlier investigations of emotional displays of an offender influencing jurors’ sentencing judgments through identity inference. Prior studies of this phenomenon used only male perpetrators. However, culturally shared beliefs about emotion are strongly gendered. Thus, we investigate how the perpetrator’s gender moderates the relationship between emotional displays and sentencing. Results replicate results of previous studies—this time, for both men and women.
  7. Men Set Their Own Cites High: Gender and Self-citation across Fields and over Time

    How common is self-citation in scholarly publication, and does the practice vary by gender? Using novel methods and a data set of 1.5 million research papers in the scholarly database JSTOR published between 1779 and 2011, the authors find that nearly 10 percent of references are self-citations by a paper’s authors. The findings also show that between 1779 and 2011, men cited their own papers 56 percent more than did women. In the last two decades of data, men self-cited 70 percent more than women.

  8. Rupture and Rhythm: A Phenomenology of National Experiences

    This article investigates how people make sense of ruptures in the flow of everyday life as they enter new experiential domains. Shifts in being-in-time create breaks in the natural attitude that offer the opportunity to register national—or, for example, religious, gender, or class—experiences. People interpret ruptures in perception and proprioception by drawing connections with domains in which similar or contrasting kinds of disruption are evident.
  9. What’s the Harm? The Coverage of Ethics and Harm Avoidance in Research Methods Textbooks

    Methods textbooks play a role in socializing a new generation of researchers about ethical research. How do undergraduate social research methods textbooks portray harm, its prevalence, and ways to mitigate harm to participants? We conducted a content analysis of ethics chapters in the 18 highest-selling undergraduate textbooks used in sociology research methods courses in the United States and Canada in 2013. We found that experiments are portrayed as the research design most likely to harm participants.
  10. Book Review: Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, 4th ed.

    In the fourth edition of his book Provocateur, Anthony J. Cortese aims to deconstruct contemporary advertising. In particular, his analysis centers on print advertisements’ representations of marginalized groups, such as women, racial-ethnic minorities, and gays and lesbians. Depictions of these groups, Cortese contends, can tell us something about their power and place within society. He argues that “advertising reflects (not affects) beliefs, values, and ideologies (cultural beliefs that serve to justify social stratification)” (p. 11; emphasis ours).