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December 20, 2013 |
Defying enduring stereotypes about black fatherhood, a federal survey of American parents shows that by most measures, black fathers who live with their children are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids - or more so. For instance, among fathers who lived with young children, 70% of black dads said they bathed, diapered or dressed those kids every day, compared with 60% of white fathers and 45% of Latino fathers, according to...
January 26, 2011 |
Can cause of death determine race? In some cases, the answer appears to be yes. When coroners and undertakers fill out death certificates, one of the pieces of information they must provide is the race of the deceased. That can be a somewhat subjective call, and one of the things that may influence an official's perception of it is the particular way the person died, according to a team of sociologists from UC Irvine and the University of Oregon in Eugene. They looked at data from 22,905 death certificates in the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey , which compared information on official certificates to information provided by family members to see if it matched.
April 8, 2011 |
Picture yourself in a well-kept room — pictures neatly hung on walls, books organized on a shelf, floors clear of junk. Now sit yourself in a room with crooked pictures, scattered books and dirty laundry on the floor. Feeling any different? In the second room, you might be more apt to keep your distance from a person of another race, believe that Muslims are aggressive or think that gay people are creative, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The idea, said researchers from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, is that people in messy environments tend to compensate for that disorder by categorizing people in their minds according to well-known stereotypes.
December 12, 2013 |
Karl Lagerfeld is raising eyebrows among some critics for using feathered headdresses and warpaint-like golden makeup during Chanel's "Metier d'Art" show in Dallas on Tuesday. He also drew on other Western stereotypes -- cowboys, ranchers -- but the use of Native American stereotypes in fashion has been controversial. [The Cut] Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and fitness guru Tracy Anderson, who recently launched a web series together called "The Restart Project," are developing a television series on love and weight loss, Anderson says.
September 6, 2011 |
In "The Help's" homespun story of racism in '60s-era Mississippi, some saw stereotypes. I saw pieces of my childhood — for better or worse. That's the inherent difficulty of deciding what is and is not a stereotype. How we view any character is grounded in personal experience — what you know well you see differently. What plays as exaggeration, even parody, can reveal deeper truths. And that was the case for me with "The Help. " When the subject is race, the stakes are ratcheted up, as we saw in the highly charged reactions in 2009 to "Precious" and "The Blind Side," very disparate films both pummeled for what some considered Hollywood's version of racial profiling.
January 25, 2014 |
Kristina Wong has crashed Miss Chinatown pageants as a pimply, cigar-smoking, over-the-hill contestant. She has posed as a rabid Jeremy Lin fan, waving sexually suggestive signs at the NBA player's games. On a sewing machine in her Koreatown apartment, she makes vagina puppets out of colored felt. So when she found herself in front of television cameras discussing the popularity of Asian women on the dating scene, Wong was in her element. "Suck it, white ladies! I got it!