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Left, Right, Center

Why are conservatives referred to as the “right” and liberals referred to as the “left” in politics? The answer involves the French Revolution, the quick spread of information through newspapers, and the tense interlude between the two World Wars.

The Easter Bunny

Why does a rabbit leave colored eggs, candy, and nonedible novelties for children on Easter morning? The answer involves little ones leaving out an item of clothing overnight with the expectation that it will be filled with gifts, families providing a favorite snack for the mythical bringer of presents, and naughty children receiving a lump of coal  . . . sounds familiar.

Pink Onesie, Blue Onesie: Infant Gender-Coding through Color

Why are baby girls dressed in pink and baby boys in blue? The answer involves marketing tactics, a pair of famously misconstrued paintings, and ultrasound technology. White Dresses for All Throughout history, socially defined rules have dictated certain types of clothing that are suitable for certain people. What you might not realize is that sociallyContinue reading “Pink Onesie, Blue Onesie: Infant Gender-Coding through Color”

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