Ghostbusters, “linguistics,” and “anthropology”

Inspired by an article by Leah Velleman looking at a scene from Ghostbusters from a linguistic perspective, I examine some issues in the scene that I feel are best explained with tools from anthropological views on language. … Read More Ghostbusters, “linguistics,” and “anthropology”

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Presidents Evaluating Women’s Attractiveness: 1973 and 2013

Crossposted at Sociological Images Earlier this year President Obama described California attorney general Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Even though the crowd reportedly laughed at the comment, Obama was criticized for making sexist remarks and quickly apologized to Harris. But some people claimed to be confused: why was Obama wrong to compliment a… Read More Presidents Evaluating Women’s Attractiveness: 1973 and 2013