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You can’t threaten or humiliate a virus. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough

The 'tough guy' is a cultural archetype that political leaders have long adopted. But during crises, Americans tend to look for a different kind of hero.
Members of the University of Oregon’s basketball team embrace before the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament. AP Photo/John Locher

Can gambling juice fandom for women’s sports?

When fans place a bet, it motivates them to watch a sport and root for a team they might otherwise have little interest in.
Wardrobe choices can be part of a delicate social dance. Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

How women dress for other women

Recent research explores how women 'dress defensively' to avoid the aggression of other women.
Elisabeth Moss stars in the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel. Universal Pictures

A brief history of invisibility on screen

Invisibility has been used to indulge fantasies of good and evil, level social critiques or warn of the dangers of power in the wrong hands.
If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

What makes something ironic?

Irony is a slippery concept. Sometimes it's used in speech, other times it's used to describe a situation – oh, and it can also characterize an attitude. Is its versatility its downfall?
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series. Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries

America’s postwar fling with romance comics

During the 'love glut,' roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers' appetites for scandalous storylines.