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Research blog: Super hero, or super sexy?

The X-Men's Mystique

by Kim Belmonte It’s summer! School’s out and you’re ready to hang out. When you’ve had your fill of the heat and humidity, maybe you’re like me and you want to head to see an exciting movie, with tons of action and maybe even superheroes?!  Unfortunately it seems like most action movies have some pretty [...]

Research Blog: There’s no crying in basketball! (But I did anyway.)


by Stephanie M. Anderson Growing up, I loved being active: climbing trees, riding bikes, building obstacle courses, you name it. If it involved dirt, even better. I loved testing my body’s limits, not to mention my parents’ nerves (but that’s another story). Once I was old enough to play an organized sport – basketball in [...]

Research blog: sexual objectification as everyday trauma


by Jennifer Chmielewski Like many women, I have put up with my share of sexual harassment, subway groping, and just dealing with plain old creepy dudes. This issue is so commonplace (women have been speaking up about it for ages) that the NYC MTA actually announces now that “a crowded subway is no excuse for [...]

Research Blog: It’s written all over your Facebook

don't even joke, you've done this

by Christin Bowman Confession: Facebook is a big part of my life. I was actually one of the first people to sign up for an account in 2004, and I haven’t looked back since. For a long time, Facebook felt like a warm, cozy living room where my friends and family could meet and stay [...]

Research Blog: Black Girls Matter

"Black Lives Matter protest" by The All-Nite Images - Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

by Marisa Ragonese What a year for talk about racism in the US. No criminal charges for Darren Wilson, the police officer in Furguson, MO who shot unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown last August. Or Daniel Panteleo, the cop in NYC caught on video putting Eric Garner, Black father of six, in a fatal chokehold [...]

Research Blog: Posturing to feel powerful

Feel it, live it, be it

by Kim Belmonte I’ve never tried picturing the crowd in their underwear.  That’s the advice people sometimes give you when you’re nervous about speaking in front of a crowd.  Instead of picturing everyone’s skivvies, before a presentation in front of a group, I’ll sneak away for a few minutes and stand in the hall with [...]