Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

by Lisa Wade, PhD
In his speech last week accepting the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump said (my emphasis): …our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. […]

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Happy Birthday Sociological Images!

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Woo hoo! SocImages is nine! Thanks to all of you who discovered SocImages this year and to those of you who’ve been hanging on! It was my bumpiest year yet with a three month hiatus to finish American Hookup. There are also changes afoot. After nine years, it makes sense to shake things up a bit. I’m hoping […]


Breaking Down the Force/Choice Binary in the Sterilization of Women of Color

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Flashback Friday. U.S. women of color have historically been the victims of forced sterilization.  Sometimes women were sterilized during Cesarean sections and never told; others were threatened with termination of welfare benefits or denial of medical care if they didn’t “consent” to the procedure; teaching hospitals would sometimes perform unnecessary hysterectomies on poor women of […]

Founder and Principal Writer

Lisa Wade, PhD, is the founder and principal writer for Sociological Images. After studying philosophy, human sexuality, and sociology, she became a professor of sociology at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus and the textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Visit her website for her curriculum vitae, syllabi, and information on public speaking.