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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hotness Only Pays for Old, Male Profs

For years I have been one puzzled by one observation, when it comes to the men I know in my profession (economics professors): The rating that students give them on the website www.ratemyprofessors.com as to whether they are hot (or not) has little correlation with own my personal assessment of their hotness.

Women Are Bringing Home the Bacon

When I was a kid, my sister and I liked to belt out the words to a popular jingle (with lots of hip swinging for emphasis): “I can bring home the bacon! Fry it up in a Pan! And Never, never, never let you forget you’re a man! ‘Cause I’m a woman!” At the time it, to […]

Religious People Buy Less Porn on Sundays

I wonder how many Americans were sitting in church yesterday thinking about porn. After all, about one in three internet users in the U.S. visit a porn site every month—and of those who do, the average number of visits is about two per week. According to the National Election survey (2004), 68% of Americans believe […]

Gay Neighbors Are Good for Home Values

We all know that when it comes to buying a house the three most important factors to consider are location, location, and location.

Is Keeping Up With the Joneses Grounds for Divorce?

It is widely known that the income gap between the rich and the poor in North America over the past 30 years has evolved from a narrow crack to a yawning fissure. You may be tempted to think that this is only problem for the poor—and that those who have seen their incomes climb have […]

Ovulating Lap Dancers Make More Money

I love the Bonobos, those crazy little apes. You know what I like best about them? Just like us, those little guys like to have sex all the time. I am not kidding; living in the primal horde is like having been 20 years old in the 1970s. Unlike other ape species, female bonobos engage […]

Do Women Value Ethnicity Over Income in a Mate?

The very first post on Dollars and Sex asked the question: “Do Women Really Value Income Over Looks in a Mate?”  The research we talked about in that post also addresses the issue of interracial dating, so I thought it would be interesting to return to that paper again and ask a new question: Do […]

Why There Aren’t More Interracial Couples

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, where I live, and for a change of pace I drove up Prince Edward Island to see the musical “Hairspray” at the Charlottetown Festival. As you may already know, Hairspray is set in 1962 and takes a rather cheerful look at segregation in the world of entertainment. At the end […]

A Racial Gap in Condom Use

According to a new, nationally representative, dataset released this weeka gap has emerged between the races in the U.S. It’s not an income, education, or a marriage gap—it’s a condom gap. Black Americans use condoms during vaginal intercourse significantly more than white Americans. This encouraging news on condom use might suggest hopes for a reversal […]

The Realm of Hammered, Horizontal Academics

Most university graduates are happy to have their senior honors thesis behind them. None more though than a recent Duke University student whose “mock” honors thesis, chronicling her drunken sexual exploits over her last two years of college, isn’t likely to be forgotten any time soon.