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1aJust for Fun: Santa on Sociologists
He doesn’t trust us.  And fairly so. Real breaking news. False headline by nicrobe. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
1aBetween Protesters and Police: How a Photojournalist Got “The Shot”
Iconic images — such as a single student standing stoic before Red Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, a protester leaning forward to put a flower into the barrel of a soldier’s gun, or two African-American athletes raising black-gloved fists on the Olympic victory podium — often seem to shape much of what we “know” about […]

2From Our Archives: Christmas
The History of Christmas Militarizing Santa: Then and Now (pictured) A Short History of Santa Claus Politics and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The Pagan Roots of Christianity Christmas Across Cultures Befana, the Christmas Witch Christmas Cultures Santa’s Evil Side Kick Black Pete (NSFW; trigger warning for images of blackface) Protestantizing Christmas Gift Giving: The ChristKind Snegurochka: […]

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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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