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In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they pay tribute to three beloved (non-Barbie) dolls from their childhoods.

When I saw the Psychology Today headline "The post reports on In other words, people prefer women to lead when it's become blatantly clear that men have Either way, the study findings -- and that headline -- were a bit of a letdown. Then again, ...

In Praise of Single Women

A while back on Apparently, Molly and I weren't the only women pondering this linguistic imbalance. A team of Rutgers historians has Women On Their OwnFollow Cristen & Molly from Stuff Mom Never Told You on

A recent trend has seen young people -- especially women -- choosing to be celibate for non-religious reasons. But why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the cultural history, gender implications and possible benefits of celibacy.

In March, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House Council on Women and Girls hosted the Women in Finance Symposium to celebrate women's accomplishments on Wall Street and discuss how to get more involved in the financial sector. Back then, there was a lot of media coverage questioning whether the male-dominated environment of the finance industry was partially to blame for the recession. For that brief moment in the media cycle, women were portrayed as the common sense solution to saving Wall Street.

Dating Science: Does It Matter Who Makes the First Move?

Even though men and women have played the mating game for eons, we're somehow still scratching our heads about certain formalities. For instance, when it comes to dating, does it matter who makes the first move? More specifically, does it matter if a woman bends the social rules a bit and approaches a man who strikes her fancy?

Chivalry was originally the code of behavior for medieval knights; today, the term is synonymous with courteous male behavior towards women. But is modern chivalry obsolete? Molly and Cristen ponder chivalry, courtesy and feminism in this episode.

When it comes to shedding pounds, men have an advantage: They lose weight faster and more easily than women do. Why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the many variables that affect weight loss in general -- and female weight loss in particular.

When Molly and I discussed Guerrilla Girls on Stuff Mom Never Told You and asked listeners to send us suggestions for the best women artists out there today, we got a crash course in contemporary art education in return. Thanks to our art savvy audience, I can now name drop my way through any gallery opening like an A-plus art school grad.

Does baby food affect gender?

A The researchers think the nutrition link has something to do with Although the study correlates infant weight gain with positive physical outcomes, babies putting on too many pounds can pose health problems. Today, the The study also left me wonder ...

Ecofeminism is a movement that combines feminist and ecological concerns. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the history, goals, movements, conflicting ideas and complications of ecofeminism.

It's evolutionary biology meets "Dancing with the Stars". Researchers at Northumbria University in England studied how heterosexual women responded to male dance moves and which they found most attractive. Based on the study, it's all about midsection motion rather than fancy footwork that sets hearts aflame on the dance floor.

Historically, most stage magicians have been men -- and there's still a gender imbalance in the profession today. Why? What's the deal with women and magic? Molly and Cristen explore the gender implications, roles and politics of magic in this episode.

Molly and Cristen examine the gendering of musical instruments, from the lack of male harpists to the gender politics of lutes, in this episode.

Some recent studies have suggested a positive correlation between semen quality and intelligence. But do smart men really have better sperm? In this episode, Molly and Cristen sift through a wealth of research in an attempt to answer that question.

You might naturally associate the 1964 Civil Rights Act with race, since the crux of the bill dealt with racial equality. But as many of us know, the legislation also bars employers from discriminating based on "race, color, religion, sex or national origin." However, 'sex' might have been left out in the cold were it not for -- ironically -- an anti-civil rights representative from Virginia and leader of the Congress' Conservative Coalition (via Encyclopedia Virginia).

European Union member nations are considering whether or not to follow Norway's lead and legally institute gender quotas in the boardroom. Women head a slim minority of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, and they haven't earned much more of a corporate foothold across the pond, either...

Esther Takeuchi is a woman after Stuff Mom Never Told You's own heart. First, the energy storage expert at SUNY's University at Buffalo has risen through the scientific ranks, defying the old stereotypes about women underperforming in math and science. Also, she holds 140 patents with the U.S. Patent Office, making Takeuchi the most patent-wealthy woman in America.

Other mammals signal that they're fertile in obvious ways, but human females seem to advertise in more subtle ways. In this episode, Molly and Cristen present seven (supposed) signs of subliminal ovulation.

To diaper or not to diaper?

Diapers would seem to be an indispensable necessity for new babies, but some people argue that they're wasteful and unnecessary. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss baby poop, elimination communication and the pros and cons of diapers.