What can the history of divorce tell us about the future of marriage?

by Philip N. Cohen
A different version of this post was originally published at Timeline. To get some perspective on the long term trend in divorce, we need to check some common assumptions. Most importantly, we have to shake the idea that the trend is just moving in one direction, tracking a predictable course from “olden days” to “nowadays.” […]

STI Transmission: Wives, Whores, and the Invisible Man

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Flashback Friday. Monica C. sent along images of a pamphlet, from 1920, warning soldiers of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In the lower right hand corner (close up below), the text warns that “most” “prostitutes (whores) and easy women” “are diseased.” In contrast, in the upper left corner, we see imagery of the […]

Why did millions march? A view from the many women’s marches

by Zakiya Luna MSW PhD, Alex Kulick MA, and Anna Chatillon-Reed
Why did people march on January 21, 2017? As a team of sociologists interested in social movements, we know there are many possible answers to this seemingly simple question. As a team of sociologists we have developed a multi-method, multi-site research project, Mobilizing Millions: Engendering Protest Across the Globe.* We want to understand why people […]

Founder and Principal Writer

Lisa Wade, PhD, is the editor and principal writer for Sociological Images. Born and raised in California, she earned a BA in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in human sexuality from NYU, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is now a tenured professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her most recent book, American Hookup, is an open-minded, compassionate, and unflinching account of the new culture of sex on campus. She is also the author of the bestselling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree, and the co-editor of Assigned, a book about life with gender. She is currently working on what she hopes will be a rousing, tide-turning take on the introduction to sociology textbook. You can join Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Or, you can visit her website for her curriculum vitae, syllabi, information on public speaking, and more.