Welcome back! This week we’re featuring another honorable mention from our ‘Teach with TSP’ contest about doing gender with backpacks. We also revisit sexual double standards and the precarious work of formerly incarcerated individuals. In new work, we’ve got sociological takes on intensive parenting, reflections on fast food in the White House, and new study on American intimacy.

Teaching TSP:

Doing Gender with Backpacks,” by Jacqui Frost. In this activity, students read a Sociological Images article about ‘doing gender,’ then analyze the contents of their own backpacks using this lens.

There’s Research on That!:

*~* Best of 2018 *~*

Best of 2018: Sexual Double Standards,” by Amber Joy Powell. We rounded up social science research on the persistence of sexual double standards between men and women.


Best of 2018: Out of Prison, Into Precarity,” by Isabel Arriagada. New research in the American Journal of Sociology finds that formerly incarcerated individuals work in intermittent, short-term, and precarious jobs to make ends meet.


The Problems with Intensive Parenting,” by Amy AugustThe New York Times talks with sociologists about how and why parenting has gotten so relentless.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

White House Fast Food and the Cultural Politics of Distinction,” by Alison Hope Alkon.

The Social Side of Gender and Strength,” by Maura Kelly.


Risk and Race in Measuring Special Education Need,” by George Farkas and Paul L. Morgan.

Council on Contemporary Families:

American Intimacy in Times of Escalating Inequality,” by Virginia Rutter and Stephanie Coontz.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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