Can You Guess Someone’s Political Preferences by the Size of Their House?

by LISA WADE from Pacific Standard Urban planning is a partisan issue. The graph below, produced by the Pew Research Center, shows that the American public is evenly split between preferring small, walkable communities (48 percent) and sprawling suburbs with McMansions (49 percent), but that split is strongly partisan. Seventy-seven percent of consistent liberals want to…

Where Do Negative Stereotypes About Feminists Come From?

by Lisa Wade from Pacific Standard Television evangelist Pat Robertson once described feminism as “a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” His comment is frequently used as a particularly extreme version of the feminist stereotype, but how far are his…

To Head Off Trauma’s Legacy, Start Young

from NPR by LAURA STARECHESKI At the Cobbs Creek Clinic in West Philadelphia, Dr. Roy Wade relies on some of the same tools every pediatrician uses for exams — blood pressure cuffs, a stethoscope, and, of course, tongue depressors. He also uses particular questions to get at something that few doctors try to measure: childhood adversity.…

Papa Does Preach—and He Also Changes Diapers

by JANE GREENWAY CARR from Pacific Standard If you were a prospective father 20 years ago, getting paternity leave was almost universally a tricky business, no matter where you lived or worked. Often, men who tried to get it faced skepticism, bewilderment, or worse—outright hostility or retaliation—from their employers. Even in cases where men successfully arranged…

When Science and Social Justice Collide

by ALICE DREGER from Pacific Standard In 2006, I set out to investigate the history of what had really happened with Northwestern psychology researcher Michael Bailey and his transgender critics. I thought I knew from my background in science studies and a decade of intersex patient-rights work how to navigate an identity politics minefield—but the results…

How Being Unemployed Changes Your Personality

by Justin Worland from Time.com Add another stressor to the financial burden of losing your job. Being unemployed can change the nature of your personality, making you significantly less agreeable and changing your level of conscientious and openness, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The study, conducted by a team of…