The politics of euphemism: Cop-talk for shooting a suspect

by Jay Livingston, PhD
The police do not shoot people. Not any more. Apparently, the word shoot has been deleted from the cop-speak dictionary. A recently released video shows a Chicago cop doing what most people would describe as shooting a kid. Sixteen times. That’s not the way the Chicago Police Department puts it. Chicago Tribune: A “preliminary statement” from […]


This Month in SocImages (November 2015)

by Lisa Wade, PhD
SocImages News: Sociological Images’ post on Kim Kardashian and the patriarchal bargain is mentioned in Peggy Orenstein’s forthcoming book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. What a wonderful surprise! Also this month, we featured a guest post by sociology graduate student Nicole Bedera. Her criticism of the latest viral Barbie ad prompted NPR to […]

From Our Archives: Black Friday

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Demystifying Commodities Ritualized Consumption Dances The Economy of Christmas (pictured) EBay Transactions on Black Friday 2009 Discourse and “Doorbuster” Sales Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Lisa Wade, PhD, is a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in human sexuality from New York University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Wade has published academic research on U.S. discourse about female genital cutting, hook up culture on college campuses, and the social significance of our body and its biology. She also travels for public speaking and appears in radio, tv, and print media. You can follow her on Twitter, on Facebook, or visit her website.

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