The Science of Showing Off

Why is the number-one rule of small talk is to get the other person talking about himself or herself? Because humans adore gabbing about themselves, so much so that 30 to 40 percent of our speech is limited to describing

The Real Space Housewives

Judging by vintage depictions of women in space, the intergalactic future looks awfully retro, gender-roles-speaking.
Why Men Hate Straws

A word to the (beverage) wise: if you give a man a drink, be sure it doesn’t include a straw, aka “sissy stick.”
Why High School Prom Happens

The top three Google predictive results for “why is prom…” are: “why is prom important?” “why is prom so special?” “why is prom so stressful?” Prom supposedly is important and special because it’s the Best Night of High School; the

Vintage Badvertising: Space Housewives

Great news, women! When we finally begin colonizing the moon, we won’t have to leave our domestic gender roles back on Earth. No, no, we can simply pack up all that His & Hers baggage and buy it a one-way

Nerd Crushing and Gender

  Ever-insightful beauty scholar and past Stuff Mom Never Told You guest Autumn Whitefield-Madrano brought up a great point (per usual) about men, women and nerd crushing over at The Beheld. Watching the Cosmos reboot got her thinking about the

Barbie Was a Sex Toy

…or at least her sassy German predecessor Bild Lilli was. Oh, and about her long-term boyfriend Ken? He was modeled on real-life Barbie’s brother. Talk about some Stuff Mom Never Told You…

This Is What a Year’s Worth of Makeup Looks Like

For a not-so-lovely visual of just how much makeup women cake on their faces ever year, take a gander at "Natural Beauty." Over nine hours, two makeup artists slathered 365 coats of makeup on the model.

Dating Science: Bikini Season Makes Men Body-Snobby

Guess what time of year men rate women’s bodies most attractive? Not summertime when ladies are a-prancin’ around in collarbone-bearing sundresses, thigh-flaunting short-shorts and breast-bearing bikinis. No, no, that’s actually the time of year men appear to get a little

Vintage Badvertising: Male Chauvinist Shoes

Maybe Hush Puppies shoe company was trying to toughen up its Basset Hound image with this 1971 ad targeting a very specific demographic: male chauvinist pigs. See, Hush Puppies didn’t think being called a chauvinist was an insult at all.

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