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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.

A sociological study from the University of Iowa (via Feministing) found a correlation between relationship quality and when two people decide to seal the deal that might seem less than earth-shattering at first glance. Sexual relationships based on casual "hookups" or friends-with-benefits scenario are more likely to suffer a fast-burning flame than couples who decide to hold off on the horizontal tango. But that doesn't mean hookups can't evolve into steadier relationships...

In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why breaking up with romantic partners is universally painful -- and offer some consolation to sufferers -- as they explore the brain chemistry of breakups.

In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about the "beauty premium" and how physical attractiveness can be advantageous (and lucrative) in the workplace.

Beer Goggles Blind Women More Than Men

Women might want to think twice about going to their local watering hole to meet men since a Researchers at Roehampton University in London traipsed around bars for an evening to test college students' facial symmetry spotting skills. They first admi ...

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a metabolic disorder that creates hormone imbalances in women's bodies. Molly and Cristen discuss PCOS research, definitions, symptoms and treatment -- and why it's so hard to get a correct diagnosis -- in this episode.

What about Early Puberty in Boys?

As we fret over After all, baby boys are drinking out of The Puberty typically strikes boys a little later than girls anyway. According to The GWU paper also highlights that reliable incidence rates of precocious Now, if precocious puberty were affec ...

According to stereotypes, men find women with small feet more attractive than large-footed ladies. Is there any science to back up that claim? Molly and Cristen discuss what studies reveal about foot size and sexual attractiveness in this episode.

By now, you've probably heard about the The researchers used breast size as its baseline for As As the lead author Dr. Frank Biro, M.D., told CNN: "White girls are catching up."Both CNN and While this study leaves a number of loose ends dan ...