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From ‘Father Knows Best’ to ‘D'oh!’ Scott Vandehey/flickr

Why are sitcom dads still so inept?

Dads are taking parenting much more seriously. But according to a new study of sitcoms, the stereotype of the foolish father remains stubbornly in place.
A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah. David Howells/Corbis Historical via Getty Images

Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation

Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.
In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

Women in Arab countries find themselves torn between opportunity and tradition

In countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, it's now official policy that women should go to college and work outside the home. But cultural pressure to marry and have kids remains strong.
By working in roles that are typically viewed as being more appropriate for women, men can break down the notions that foster gender inequalities. Shutterstock

Why having both male and female teachers is a good idea for schools

South Africa has a low number of male teachers in the foundation phase. Why this must change.
The Victorian government is rolling out respectful relationships education in primary and secondary schools across the state. from shutterstock.com

Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

Nearly one-quarter of young people surveyed said women exaggerated claims of sexual assault. This is only one reason why education on underlying values that lead to violence against women matters.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf to comfort mourning family members after the Christchurch mosque shootings. AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File

Is there a ‘feminine’ response to terrorism?

After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand's prime minister didn't start a war on terror. She covered her head, cried, paid for funerals and passed gun control. Is it because she's a woman?

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