Sociology

How unmarried Americans are changing everything

<b>(CNN) —</b> It wasn't long ago that being single after a certain age was considered a recipe for lifelong misery. Up until 1970, the average woman married before she was legally old enough to have a drink at her wedding, and the average man married at 23. A woman still single at the ripe old age of 26 …

Opinion

New Study Suggests Black Middle Class Families May Have Zero Wealth in a Few Decades

Because of legalized segregation, job discrimination, and racist housing policies, it’s not surprising that Black and Latinx families haven’t had the …

African-American News

Majority Of CA Homicide Victims Killed By A Friend With A Gun

The California Department of Justice recently released their Homicide in California report for 2016, and it's fascinating stuff, breaking down in …

Crime

Guns help explain difference in urban and rural suicide rates

(Reuters Health) - Suicides rates may be higher in rural America than in cities at least in part because gun ownership is more common outside of urban areas, a recent study suggests.<p>For the study, researchers examined data on 6,196 adult suicides from 2003 to 2015 in the state of Maryland. Overall, …

Research

The Stigma of Being Rich

Photo by Thomas Galvez, Flickr CCAmerica’s economic elite has a long been criticized for being ostentatious or showy, assumed to be constantly …

Social Sciences

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:<p>The paper estimates long run social mobility in …

Economics

Before you name your baby, consider this...

Every year, the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes data on the latest trends in baby forenames. The most popular names for baby …

Diversity

Reminder: Marriage is No Longer the Mode

<i>A fact sheet prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families to mark Unmarried and Single Americans Week, September 17-23, by Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.,</i> …

Marriage

NDIS failing to catch children with late-onset difficulties

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in selected sites in 2016 signified a shift in cultural views about disability. …

Autism

Golfing with the Ladies

<i>As shown on these scorecards, women are continually reminded that they are “ladies” in the sport of golf. (Photo by Jane Stangl)</i>I am golfer, and …

Feminism

New study: White people lack empathy across the socioeconomic spectrum

Apparent empathy gap among white Americans shows up on questions of both race and economics, study finds<p>Since the election of Donald Trump, the hunt to figure out what’s the matter with White America has pitted racism against economic anxiety as if those things existed in separate and competing …

Liberal View

Stephen Gordon: Upper middle class parents are a force for social immobility

Last week’s column on the overlooked rise and clout of the “upper middle class” was based on individual tax file data, and many people have since …

Social Justice

More of Us Are Calling Ourselves Middle-Class

Good news for those of us earning median American incomes: we’re probably bringing in a little more money than we used to.The Billfold has been …

Social Justice

Americans vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality

Americans appear profoundly unaware of the vast economic inequality that persists between black and white Americans in contemporary society, …

Social Justice

When Bros Hug

In February, CBS Sunday Morning aired a short news segment on the bro hug phenomenon: a supposedly new way heterosexual (white) men (i.e., bros) …

Gender

How staying single could improve your life

• <b>There are more unmarried people in the US than married, which is sometimes presented as problematic.</b>• <b><br>But research shows that we are not living in a society of lonely narcissists.</b>• <b><br>In fact, a number of studies find that being single can actually contribute your success in life.</b><p>When my mother was my …

Science

Hearticulture: The 3 Qualities of a Cultured Heart

A pure and pristine world where we all live in harmony, and where children and adults are happy and joyful, filled with love and peace - is this …

Spirituality

US marriage rates higher among better educated, financially stable: Study

While the overall marriage rate in the U.S. has remained relatively stable over the past decade, new analysis shows that better educated Americans have a higher propensity to take the plunge.<p>In 2015, for adults ages 25 and older, those with a four-year college degree had a marriage rate of 65%, …

Business

Maternity-related deaths on the rise in the US

The number of new mothers who die from birth-related complications is on the rise in the United States. The rate is now higher than any other major industrialised country.<p>The number of new mothers who die from birth-related complications is on the rise in the United States. The rate is now higher …

Social Sciences

An Astonishing Percentage of Americans Believe White People Are 'Under Attack.' Here's Why They're Wrong

On Tuesday, September 11 the polling company Ipsos released a poll in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. …

Racism

Why the Cherokee Nation is ending its decades-old fight to deny citizenship to descendants of its former slaves

<i>About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Look for the About US newsletter launching this fall.</i><p><i>A decade after the Cherokee Nation voted overwhelmingly to deny citizenship for descendants of the people it enslaved, a district court judge</i> …

News (U.S.)

A Survey Says This Is How Long You Should Date Before Moving in With Your SO

How soon after being together with your girlfriend/boyfriend is too soon to move in? ForRent.com's recent survey revealed the ideal period of dating to share the keys with your SO, and the results were pretty surprising. In addition to finding out the best time to move in together, the survey also …

Relationships

People of color exposed to more pollution from cars, trucks, power plants during 10-year period

A new nationwide study finds that the U.S. made little progress from 2000 to 2010 in reducing relative disparities between people of color and whites …

Pollution

Rising tuition fees could price out college students, report warns

Rising degree tuition fees in colleges could have a “negative impact” on disadvantaged students’ ability to study, a new report has warned.<p>In …

Education

Classical Music Can Heighten Men's Attractiveness

Want to get a woman's attention? Try a little Brahms in the background.Ladies: Have you come home after a horrible date and asked yourself, "What was …

Classical Music

Fake or Fiction? Part 3: It’s the Anxiety, Stupid

When I started this series three weeks ago, my goal was to provide a review/recap of <i>Orphan Black</i>’s final season, tying it to issues of the body, …

Social Sciences

Alex Jones Has A Job Opening, And He's Getting Trolled So Hard It's Funny

"Does your insurance plan cover chemtrails?"<p>Alex Jones is hiring.<p>The right-wing conspiracy theorist and “performance artist,” who earlier this year was forced to apologize to a yogurt company, announced on social media that he’s looking for help at Infowars.<p>People are already showing interest in …

Social Sciences

Median income soars in Bay Area, but some are left out

With tech companies flooding the Bay Area with high salaries, San Francisco and four neighboring counties have risen to the top of the list for median income among the country’s 25 largest metro areas.<p>According to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau, the median income for the San …

Housing

We need a smarter narrative about rural America

We've heard a lot about America's struggling rural areas in the past year. Forgotten America, where men and women lead hardscrabble lives marked by poverty, lack of opportunity, addiction and despair.<p>Rural America, we've been told, is falling behind: on everything from Internet access to health …

Human Geography

65 Percent of Mexicans View U.S. Negatively, Survey Finds

MEXICO CITY — Favorable views of the United States have sharply declined among Mexicans, reaching the lowest point in 15 years amid deep disapproval of President Trump and his policies toward Mexico, according to a survey released on Thursday.<p>Nearly two-thirds of Mexicans now have a negative …

Immigration