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Women Feel Threatened by Peers in Red

Both men and women link color to sex

(Newser) - Researchers know that guys tend to find women in red to be alluring; now, they're investigating how women react to the color. Research headed by a University of Rochester psychologist finds that women see others wearing red "as if these other women are actively advertising" sexual availability. For... More »

Women Age 42 Are the Best

Esquire writer so decrees

(Newser) - Tom Junod of Esquire thinks modern-day 42-year-old women are the bomb, through some combination of sexiness, frankness about sexiness, gravitas, self-confidence, yoga, Pilates, feminism, and summer dresses. "A few generations ago, a woman turning 42 was expected to voluntarily accept the shackles of biology and convention," he writes.... More »

Women Aroused by, Lie About, Their Shoes

Shoebuy.com survey looks at love of famous accessory

(Newser) - Women see shoes as purely utilitarian accessories that help them get around town ... right? Uh, not exactly. The online retailer Shoebuy.com has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes—in ways that are a little surprising, the Oklahoman reports. The findings are from 1,... More »

65% of Women Have Been Harassed on Street

And it often turns physical, says nonprofit group

(Newser) - A new survey offers some alarming stats about what women endure on the streets of America: It finds that 65% of them have experienced harassment of some sort, Mother Jones reports. Some 41% of women were physically harassed, a category that includes being flashed, fondled, or followed. The report from... More »

Guys Just Can't Do Sexy Voices

But it's easy for women: study

(Newser) - The ability to make one's voice sound hot is, apparently, limited to women. At least that's what a new study finds: Researchers in Pennsylvania asked women to "speak as if they were trying to impress someone with whom they were romantically interested." The subjects did it... More »

Obama Signs Exec Orders to Boost Equal Pay

Twin moves seek to reduce gender pay divide

(Newser) - On National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action to fight the gender wage gap among federal contractors. Today, he signed an executive order requiring the companies to publish their wage data by gender and race, thus pushing them to adhere to laws on equal pay, al Jazeera America... More »

Top Spy: Women Make 'Bloody Good' Agents

British officer opens door to would-be female spies

(Newser) - A British intelligence officer tells the Times of London that women make "bloody good spies" because they are fine multi-taskers who excel at "tapping into different emotional resources." As part of a Secret Intelligence Service recruitment campaign, the top spy dismissed the notion that female agents are... More »

Women Fake Orgasms for ... Pleasure

Study shows some women are faking it for themselves

(Newser) - Thanks to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, even guys know that women fake the big O—but who knew they did it for pleasure? A study published in the Journal of Sexual Archives says women will fake orgasm not just for the relationship or their own insecurity, but... More »

Study: Women Like Men Who Dance Like This

Researchers offer guide for guys

(Newser) - In what is certain to be the year's most important study, researchers in Europe are instructing men on the best dance moves to win over women. The key seems to be moving one's head, neck, and torso a lot. In order to figure this out, researchers had to... More »

Sandberg's Next Target: Ban 'Bossy'

Facebook COO launches campaign to stop shaming assertive girls

(Newser) - Having introduced "lean in" into the lexicon, Sheryl Sandberg is looking to take another term out: The Facebook COO, bestselling author, stirrer of controversy, and unabashed feminist launched a campaign this morning to " Ban Bossy ." It's a move to strip the stigma often associated with assertive... More »

Women 'Marrying Down' in Record Numbers

At least in terms of education, says Pew survey

(Newser) - A new survey by the Pew Research Center points out a milestone of sorts: For the first time, the percentage of women marrying a man with a lesser education is greater than the percentage of men marrying a woman with a lesser education. It's close, 21% vs. 20%, but... More »

Study: Men, Women Have Very Different Nightmares

But they're not always fear-filled: study

(Newser) - Men and women needn't be awake to experience the world differently, a study suggests: Even our bad dreams are quite different. A study of the dream journals of 572 people found that women's disturbing dreams tend to focus on social conflicts—friendships and romances gone south, for instance.... More »

Iraq Forces Torture, Rape Women Prisoners: Report

And they're often jailed for their husband's alleged crimes

(Newser) - Women in Iraq's prisons face beatings, electrical shocks, and sexual assault, among other horrors—and they're often detained for the actions of their male relatives, not their own, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Sometimes the abuses were carried out while those male relatives looked... More »

Sorry, Guys: You've Gone the Way of the Dodo

Guys are obsolete, at least in the historical sense: Hanna Rosin

(Newser) - Guys, you're obsolete. Not literally, but as men "as we've historically come to define them—entitled to power, destined for leadership, arrogant, confused by anything that isn't them," Hanna Rosin writes for Time in an excerpt of her book, The End of Men. For one... More »

France Seeks a Rarity: A Woman for Its Pantheon

Only 2 of 73 buried there are female

(Newser) - France's Pantheon, completed in 1790, seeks to honor the country's "great men"—but the powers that be agree that the next great man probably should be a woman. Since the Pantheon's creation, only 73 people have been interred there. Only two of those are women,... More »

Sorry Ladies, Frat Brothers Run Wall Street

Bloomberg reveals 'fraternity pipeline' that boosts brothers

(Newser) - The finance industry isn't just dominated by men. It's run by frat brothers who use a "fraternity pipeline" to push their brothers forward over other job candidates, Bloomberg reports. In an investigation, it reveals how bankers help out their buddies, including one case in which an Alpha... More »

'Homeliest Gal' Inspired the Sadie Hawkins Dance

It all started with a comic strip

(Newser) - Where did the idea of the Sadie Hawkins Dance—the one in which the girls ask the boys, rather than vice versa—come from? The phenomenon, huge in the mid-20th century, gets its name from a fictional character, Today I Found Out explains. The comic strip Lil' Abner, by Al... More »

Holidays Bring 'Third Shift' to Overworked Women

Brigid Schulte: Too often, it's moms responsible for 'Christmas magic'

(Newser) - Generally speaking, it's the women in American families who feel the most stress about creating "Christmas magic" this time of year, writes Brigid Schulte in the Washington Post . She cites a psychological survey, personal experience, and all kinds of anecdotal evidence to make the case that it's... More »

SNL to Cast Black Woman —and Soon

Final auditions pegged for Monday

(Newser) - It looks like Saturday Night Live's lack of diversity may soon be solved, at least partially: Since ribbing itself for not having a black female cast member, the show has confirmed it will add an African-American woman (possibly even two) to the cast as soon as next month, the... More »

Why Guys' Noses Are Bigger

It's about getting more oxygen to maintain muscles: scientists

(Newser) - Men need bigger noses because they tend to have more muscle—meaning they need more oxygen, a new study suggests. Researchers followed the growth of 18 women and 20 men from age three to past 20. While kids' nose sizes weren't much different between sexes, male noses started getting... More »

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