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These days, a majority of modern women carry a handbag of some sort. Why are purses so popular with women? And why are they so expensive? In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a look at the cultural history and gender implications of handbags.

Wait, sorry. Did I say "party"? My bad -- I should've said "fight," "argument," "debate" or any similar synonym. I don't know that any topic I've blogged about has ever attracted as much debate as last week's post on a British study that found no danger in pregnant women downing one or two alcoholic drinks per week.

Genetic Fruit Salad Sorts Apple Bellies from Pear Hips

A UK obesity study (via Researchers haven't unraveled exactly how these genetic variations are inherited and manifested in the body, but the data indicated that they have a greater impact on women than men. This isn't the first time that scientists h ...

When it comes to body odor, we all smell a little different. But are there distinct gender differences? In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss how body odor works, the many factors that can affect it -- and tactful ways to address a body odor problem.

Gaga, Beyonce, Ellen Most Powerful Women in the World?

Maybe I just have Gaga fatigue. Either way, I sighed like an annoyed teenager when I spotted ye olde Gaga on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list. I fully expected the pop star to score a ridiculously high rank on the list (she's #7), but Beyonce and Ellen Degeneres rounding out the top 10? Come on.

Bottoms Up, Pregnant Women!

Pregnant womenBut according to Fred Bookstein, an applied statistician and fetal alcohol expert familiar with the research, the study's conclusion is so rock-solid, there's no need to study the effects of low-dose alcohol use in pregnant women any fu ...

Do gal pals sync up periods?

There's a commonly held belief that women's periods synchronize when they spend a lot of time together. This popular theory has a scientific basis, but more recent studies suggest that it's not actually valid. Tune in and learn more in this episode.

In this episode, Molly and Cristen list five of the most iconic cosmetics in the history of modern makeup.

Separating Neuroscience from Neurosexism

I might have to even trade out my current book for Cordelia Fine's Delusions of Gender*, if only because it deals with something that Molly and I regularly run into while researching for Stuff Mom Never Told You. Since we spend so much time dissecting the wonderful and confusing differences between boys and girls, men and women, we probably have a lot of lessons to learn from Fine's reexamination of the academic studies that we often pull from.

Scandinavian countries are reportedly tops when it comes to gender equality. Why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the factors that contribute to Scandinavia's woman-friendly reputation -- and whether they're a good measure of gender equality.

17 Women Who Changed Journalism

As a journalism grad and blogger/podcaster on women's issues, GOOD magazine's list of 17 Female Reporters Who've Redefined a Formerly Male-Dominated Field doubled my nerd pleasure. The heavy hitters you'd expect made the list -- Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Arianna Huffington. Yet while clicking through the slideshow, I also noticed a disappointing pattern...

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.