A few weeks ago, my world was shaken to its very core when I found out via Gawker that I was no longer a Sagittarius. It had taken me years to accept my Sagitarrian lots in life -- especially the wincing looks people would give me when I divulged my flighty sign (to which I would wince right back at the fact that they were instantly judging me based on my sun sign.). Then for a few harrowing days while ancient Babylonian charts reigned supreme, I was instead a barely pronounceable Ophiuchus.
The results are in: It appears that men and women tend to report different types of dreams more frequently than others. But what do these results mean -- and what exactly do dreams do, anyway? Tune in to find out.
Something jumped out at me earlier this month while I was listening to an NPR interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Discussing future plans for the 10-year-old site, Wales told NPR he wants to attract a more diverse group of contributors. ""The average age is around 26. We're about 85 percent male, which is something we'd like to change in the future. We think that's because of our tech-geek roots."
Answer: They've both excelled in their respective fields thanks, in part, to their outsider status. At least that's the theory proposed by a pair of political scientists who compared the effectiveness of male and female members of Congress in the United States. Dubbed the "Jackie (And Jill) Robinson Effect", the idea is that since women politicians have so many obstacles in their way, particularly voter bias, only the best of the best will win Congressional seats. So while women comprise a minority in Congress, they're more successful at securing federal money for their districts and sponsoring and co-sponsoring legislation than male legislators.
Is it possible to become romantically involved with sound equipment, monuments or other objects? Yes, actually. In this episode, Cristen and Molly explore the psychology behind people who fall in love with objects, rather than other human beings.
Here's ugly truth: everyone's a liar. While researching for this week's And even though we lie regularly, it still makes us uncomfortable whether we're lying for the benefit of the other person or not (such as complimenting a thoroughly disgusting ho ...
Lies are a surprisingly prevalent part of human society, and deception serves a certain social purpose. But does a person's gender determine how much she or he tells lies? Tune in as Molly and Cristen give you the truth about gender and lies.
We know that smell is one of the most emotionally powerful senses, triggering vivid memories from even a wisp of a waft. On Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and I have discussed how people unconsciously "sniff out" biologically suitable mates with complementary gene pools. A 2009 psychology study from Rice University adds another compelling note to this complex perfume of humans' conscious and unconscious smell responses.
Before Alfred Kinsey's landmark Sexual Behavior in the Human Female hit the presses in 1953, the University of Indiana institute invited a small group of journalists for a pre-publication look at the highly anticipated report. Social scientist Amram Scheinfeld attended the sneak peak for Cosmo, more than a decade before Helen Gurley Brown would take over the editorial reins and mold it into the sex-centric magazine on today's newsstands. Despite the fever pitch surrounding the survey (which included an attempted $100,000 bribe to Kinsey in exchange for a glance at the findings), Cosmo's Scheinfeld wasn't impressed.
What do you look for when you browse online? Do you think that you might approach the web differently if you had a different gender? Listen in as Cristen and Molly explore the differences between men and women web-surfers in this podcast.
Over the years pop culture has created several stereotypes of librarians, creating an image of bespectacled spinsters. How do these stereotypes compare to modern librarians? In this podcast, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at librarian stereotypes.
In case you haven't seen Chris Harrison's infographic of how "he" and "she" have been used in literature over the past 200 years, check it out. Harrison, host of "The Bachelor" documentary series on romance in modern America a PhD student at Carnegie Melon, plotted out instances of "he" and "she" from an enormous Google Books data set, then links them up with second and third-most common words to follow.
20/20 aired a documentary about the orgasmic experiences some women have while giving birth. But how does it happen, and why? Join Molly and Cristen as they take you past the sensational headlines in this podcast.
Many, many episodes ago on Stuff Mom Never Told You, I jokingly commented to Molly that we should abolish marriage. We had been discussing the legal differences between civil unions and marriages, and after dissecting the legalese ad nauseum, I mentioned that maybe we should just do away with the whole thing. Let folks couple up as they will, and call it a day.
Scientists know that after puberty, women cry more often than men. A lot more, in fact. In 2009, a What scientists don't know is why that gender difference exists. Emotional crying -- distinguished from reflexive crying that happens when, say, And no ...
Could it be true that monogamous couples get an urge to cheat approximately every seven years? In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the origin of this belief, as well as its validity -- or lack thereof.
In case you missed this news item amid the holiday hustle and bustle, Geraldine Doyle died on the day after Christmas. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it's probably because she's better known to the public as Rosie the Riveter. Doyle is thought to ...
It's official: Stuff Mom Never Told You has hit the 200-episode mark! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Molly and Cristen give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the podcast-making process -- from the initial "pitch" to future topics.
These days, it's very common for women to shape their eyebrows as part of their beauty regimen, but when did this practice start? And why? Molly and Cristen investigate the history of eyebrow-shaping in this episode.