Family Inequality’s 2011 top 10

The good news is Family Inequality doubled its traffic this year, to 100,000 hits. The bad news is that, in Internet time, doubling annually is basically standing still. Anyway, just like in 2010, I conclude the year with a look back at our top blog posts, according to you, my hits. Unlike last year, this time I figured out you’re supposed to count down, not up:

10. Was FDR born that way?: How a childhood portrait of FDR complicates the “born gay born this way” cultural phenomenon. Pink/blue and the social construction of natural gender.

9. Find that food stamp spike graphic meme: How “gullible, mean-spirited members of the blogosphere’s conservative echo chambers” fueled a popular meme about the growth of Food Stamps under the Obama administration.

8. Latina teen suicide: This one has been among the most popular since it appeared in 2009. There just isn’t much out there on this subject, I guess, so Google keeps bringing people to this post, which summarizes some recent research.

7. Getting the story straight on working mothers and children’s risks: One of many examples of news media failures to discern the real story in research that uses (for example) instrumental variable methods with two-stage least-squares regression. In this case, a small but measurable risk to children related to mothers’ employment made national news, and the real story went largely untold.

6. Smurfette? How do they get away with this stuff?: From the annals of absolutely ridiculous gender stereotyping. Question, “Is sexist even a word anymore?” Answer: “sexism has retreated from the language, and kids’ stuff seems to be more shamelessly gendered than ever.”

5. Stuff White people Google: Answer: “Back in black guitar tab.” (If you don’t know what that is, you might not be White, male, and over 40.) The real point: “Someone has to figure out what we can and cannot get from this amazing data.”

4. Poverty, single mothers and race/ethnicity: Discussing the historical correlation between the number of single parents and the child poverty rate — and how that correlation broke down in the 1990s.

3. Stop that feminist viral statistic meme: One of several posts trying to stop the bleeding from a decades-old meme that women only own 1% of the world’s property. Short story: It’s not true now, and wasn’t at the time it was written in the 1970s either.

2. Distorting data on divorce at the National Marriage Project: W. Bradford Wilcox spins fairy tales about the recession from the misinterpretation of bad data, in the service of a Christian conservative family agenda. It’s a disgrace.

1. Gender segregated sociology: The segregation of sociologists according to total PhDs, specialty areas, and editorial boards. Conclusion: “without more research I couldn’t say nature/nurture, structure/agency, system/lifeworld, etc. But gender segregation never happens for no reason.”

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