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Multiple studies indicate that people with sisters seem to be happier than people with brothers -- but what does this mean, and could it be true? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the relationship between your siblings' gender and your happiness.

STD Testing? There's an app for that.

Smartphone apps are getting really personal these days. As in, down there personal. First came the PMS Buddy to help dudes track their girlfriends' periods, and just this week, Betty Crocker released a menstrual calendar app that will send guys coupons for brownies to temper girlfriends' PMS symptoms (because everyone knows that chocolate is better than Klonopin for tranquilizing hormone-crazed women). But the eSTI2 project from the University of the London may very well take the cake.

Veterans Affairs Struggling to Care for Female Soldiers

Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that while female soldiers are officially banned from front-line combat, they're equally at-risk to physical and mental trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan as male soldiers. In a speech to the U.S. Institute of Peace, Mullen said: "The war can grab you anywhere [...]this will be the first generation of veterans where large segments of women returning will have been exposed to some form of combat."

Are female killers different from male killers? What motivates women to murder? In this episode, Molly and Cristen interview former FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong to gain insights into the psychology and motivations of lady killers.

This week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and I discussed the history of home economics, known today as Family and Consumer Science. We relied heavily on sources from Cornell University, which housed one of the nation's best home ec departments complete with practice apartments and real, live practice babies for students' field research. Cornell began its practice baby program in 1919 with an infant named Dicky Domecon.

In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the surprisingly feminist origins and history of Home Economics, an academic discipline that's often referred to as Family and Consumer Sciences today.

Anti-Suffrage Women Fought Against the Vote

It might sound nice to portray suffrage as a universal sisterhood movement in which women everywhere were battling arm-in-arm for the vote. But during those Victorian era years that extolled female piety and the "cult of motherhood", plenty of women opposed the voting initiative and even rallied against it through anti-suffrage groups.

Although asexuality in other organisms is well-understood, human asexuality is more of a mystery to us. Is asexuality a disorder, or an orientation? Molly and Cristen examine what studies and anecdotal evidence reveal about human asexuality.

Are European Sex Ed Campaigns More Effective?

Europe approaches sex a bit differently than the United States -- probably not a big surprise there. A Slate slideshow of American and European public sex ed and contraceptive ads demonstrates how countries abroad treat teen sex, STD prevention and condom use in a much more straightforward, honest and possibly more effective way.

A Friendly Reminder About the Pill, Periods and Pregnancy

A while ago, Molly and I talked about "Can you get pregnant on your period?" on Stuff Mom Never Told You. And in brief, yes, you can. Sometimes, ovulation and menstruation can overlap just enough to where sperm hanging around after intercourse could possibly fertilize an egg. Oops. But what about being on birth control, you ask?

Sexy Halloween Costumes, Why?

These days, "sexy" female costumes for women are all the rage, but has this trend gone too far? And is it demeaning to women or empowering? In this Halloween-themed episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the gender implications of the "sexy" costume craze.

Redheads on the Rise

We can thank Mad Men's Christina Hendricks for not only pop culture's recent warm embrace of womanly curves, but also a newfound appreciation for redheads. A natural blonde, Hendricks has dyed her hair since adolescence, notes a New York Times article chronicling the fashionable return of the redhead.

Childbirth Changes Moms' Brains

Having a baby bring about a host of changes in new moms' lives -- and their brains. A recent neuroimaging study suggests that women experience gray matter growth in certain brain regions during the first few months of motherhood. The added gray matter volume was concentrated in the prefrontal cortex, parietal lobes and midbrain areas that are associated with maternal care. Mothers who openly doted on their babies the most showed the greatest amount of gray matter growth, indicating that the neurological adjustment is the body's way of prepping women to be good mothers.

Today the number of female motorcyclists is increasing, but it's not the first time in history that women have driven motorcycles. In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the fascinating history of women and motorcycles.

Do Women Spend With Their Ovaries?

Women, hide your credit cards when your period is around the corner! That is, if you buy the findings of a recent psychology study out of the UK. With somewhat predictable findings, a pair of psychologists surveyed women about their menstrual cycles and shopping habits and found that not only does PMS bring along delightful mood swings and cramping, it may also lower womens' shopping restraint.

On Thursday, the National Economic Council (NEC) released its study on Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women. Its arrival just shy of the November congressional elections -- in which, ironically, women politicians are actually poised to lose seats in the Senate for the first time roughly 30 years -- isn't coincidental, either.

Win Her Heart with...Horror Movies?

Are you an average Joe hoping to woo a lovely lady just in time for Halloween couples' costumes? Good news. You don't have to be a hunk to attract the apple of your eye around Halloween because you have the perfect seasonal entertainment at your disposal.

6 Amazingly Ridiculous Lady Studies

If there's one thing in this world that Molly and I love, it's academic studies. Each week, we revel in statistical grandeur of empirical data and regression analyses in order to validate all those zany things we talk about Stuff Mom Never Told You.

When did women start shaving their legs?

These days, many women shave their legs on a regular basis and don't give it a second thought. But where did this shaving trend originate? It all started with advertising and a company trying to sell a product, as Molly and Cristen reveal in this episode.

Blaming Gender: 5 Reasons Boys Are Slipping in School

Canada and the United States share are common problem in schools these days. While girls are excelling like never before, the boys are falling behind. Educators have been tackling this issue for years now, even testing out sex-segregated classrooms to find out whether tailoring teaching to gender is more effective. Male students typically lag in overall grades and reading in particular (a learning gap that emerged in the early '90s).