There goes the ‘manly’ man – and maybe all the rest, too?

I read a lot of articles about persistent gender bias in corporate leadership, in academic science, in elementary school classrooms. But I’m also reading more and more stories about the tables truly turning, in some cases not from imploding stereotypes but from persistent ones that backfire. For instance, the New York Times Magazine preview for … Continue reading There goes the ‘manly’ man – and maybe all the rest, too?

The Hunger Games: fiction that brings out racist, sexist reality

Too big.

I haven’t read The Hunger Games or seen the movie yet, but I’m soaking up lots of sociological analyses and outraged reactions on teh Internets. A story about a fictional, horrendous society seems to be spurring reactions that highlight real-world heinousness. First, I read that some people consider Jennifer Lawrence to be ‘too big’ to … Continue reading The Hunger Games: fiction that brings out racist, sexist reality