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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From Our Archives: Thanksgiving

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Have a Sexy Thanksgiving! The Happiest Day of the Year! Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Up in 2011 Thanksgiving Mythology Red Bull’s Historically Stupid Thanksgiving Fantasy U.S. Schools Teach Children that Native Americans are History Theorizing Thanksgiving: Emile Durkheim on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (pictured) Some Fun History: Thanksgiving: The First TV Dinner For a “Wholesome” […]


23 Thanksgiving Food Facts

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Five minutes for fun facts on this almost-Thanksgiving day in the US. Some of my favorites: Stuffing goes back to at least the 4th century CE. Potatoes are truly an American tuber; it’s grown in every 50 states. Corn is a flower. Meat pies preceded desert pies and they were called “coffins.” In case you […]

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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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