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How Consumerism Created Bigfoot

People have long told stories about wildmen, creatures who straddled the line between human and animal. But Bigfoot himself first appeared in the 1950s.
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A Short History of the Condom

Dating back to at least medieval times, the condom has taken a winding path to social acceptance.
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What Really Made 1950s Housewives So Miserable

Where did the image of the quietly desperate stay-at-home mother come from?
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Why is the U.S. Losing Public Housing?

In much of the U.S., public housing is disappearing as governments fail to maintain the buildings or actively demolish them.
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The Stigma Around Older Woman-Younger Man Relationships

A recent study found that 34 percent of women over 40 are dating younger men, yet these relationships continue to face social disapproval. Why?
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Mediated Reality is No Match for Personal Experience

The world represented in the media greatly influences our understanding and beliefs about reality. But our lived experiences might be more important.
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Was Christine Jorgensen the Caitlyn Jenner of the 1950s?

“What is femininity anyway?” Jenner writes in her new book, The Secrets of My Life. Perhaps the famous transwoman Christine Jorgensen knew.
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Grief? There’s an App for That.

Would you want to be able to talk to a loved one after they'd passed away, knowing it wasn't really them? Would it help? Would it hurt?
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Why Retirement Age Is 65 (And Why It’s Getting Higher)

Is there something magical about age 65? The history behind the retirement age involves economics, aging, and Otto von Bismarck.

More People Than Ever Before Are Single

And that’s a good thing.