Politics and Feminism

Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

July 7, 2017
Are You Sexually Objectifying Yourself?

Ever since the second wave of feminism in the 70s, we’ve heard a lot about the “male gaze,” which is defined as “the way in which the visual arts and literature depict the world and women from a masculine point of view, presenting women as objects of male pleasure.” The phrase was coined by film critic Laura […]

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Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

June 29, 2017
Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

A recent article in the Wall St. Journal highlights how incredibly uncivil we’ve become toward one another. I don’t know whether this is related to the climate of political partisanship, but it sounds like we’ve hit a new low in dating. In Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward […]

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Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

June 15, 2017
Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

Congrats to longtime Hooking Up Smart reader Jenna Birch on her article in the July issue of Cosmopolitan! You can read Why Are Men Still So Afraid of Ambitious Women online HERE. I’m quoted in the article, which is always nice. 🙂 But more importantly (and alarmingly), Jenna presents evidence that while men say they like ambitious […]

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Russians Romance While Americans Reason

April 12, 2017
Russians Romance While Americans Reason

Russian sociologist Paulina Aronson recently wrote a fascinating article comparing Russian and Western norms around falling in love. Her key observation is that Russians regard falling in love as fate, while we in the West focus on choice via rational decision-making. This blog is an example of the Western use of analytical tools to craft strategies that make […]

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How Do Men Really Feel About Dating Ambitious Women?

March 30, 2017
How Do Men Really Feel About Dating Ambitious Women?

A new study conducted by Harvard Business School suggests that single female MBA students actively hide ambition and leadership potential so that single guys in the program won’t be turned off. Since we might expect this population to be among the most ambitious women in the country, I find this extraordinary. If female Harvard MBAs […]

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