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If there are a few girls named Noah, we’re not seeing any boys called Olivia. bernatets photo | shutterstock

How parents take more risks when naming girls than boys

Parents are more traditional and risk-averse in naming their sons because boys’ names continue to retain more cultural value than girls’ do.
Parliamentary hearings into Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations against the 2018 world junior team left more questions than answers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Fixing the problems at Hockey Canada will be difficult without leadership changes

Hockey Canada has fallen short of its mission to ‘Lead, Develop and Promote Positive Hockey Experiences’ in its handling of sexual violence perpetrated by and against Hockey Canada players.
Young women members of the Charles Manson family kneel on the sidewalk outside the Los Angeles at Hall of Justice March 29, 1971, with their heads shaved. Wally Fong/AP

Religious lies, conmen and coercive control: how cults corrupt our desire for love and connection

What is the appeal of cults? How do they work? And what is the damage they do? A new book, by the creator of the podcast Let’s Talk About Sects, answers these questions and more.
There are lots of official photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin shirtless, including this one from August 2017. Alexey Nikolsky/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

The American founders could teach Putin a lesson: Provoking an unnecessary war is not how to prove your masculinity

A leader’s machismo can lead to war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has long displayed his version of hyper-masculinity. A historian says that for America’s founders, wars never fed their egos.
Movements like the ‘freedom convoy’ in Canada use similar language and sentiments as those expressed by followers of former U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shown here in 2020 in New Delhi. AP Photo/Manish Swarup

A Twitter investigation reveals what the ‘freedom convoy,’ Islamophobes, incels and Hindu supremacists have in common

A study of global far-right movements and their hashtags on Twitter have revealed similarities that display a reliance on long-held myths, including the idea of a “golden age of freedom.”

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