On “voluntary conformism,” or how we use our freedom to fit in

by Jay Livingston, PhD
Originally posted at Montclair Socioblog. “Freedom of opinion does not exist in America,” said DeTocqueville 250 years ago. He might have held the same view today. But how could a society that so values freedom and individualism be so demanding of conformity?  I had blogged about this in 2010 with references to old sitcoms, but for […]

Are Millennials having less sex? Or more? And what’s coming next?

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Based on analyses of General Social Survey data, a well-designed and respected source of data about American life, members of the Millennial generation are acquiring about the same number of sexual partners as the Baby Boomers. This data suggests that the big generational leap was between the Boomers and the generation before them, not the Boomers and everyone that came after. […]

Lonely Hearts: Estranged Fathers on Father’s Day

by Josh Coleman PhD
I work with one of the most heartbroken groups of people in the world: fathers whose adult children want nothing to do with them. While every day has its challenges, Father’s Day—with its parade of families and feel-good ads—makes it especially difficult for these Dads to avoid the feelings of shame, guilt and regret always […]

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.