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Why It Matters That Jolie Wrote About Her Medical Choice

Why does it matter if one person decides to tell the world that she's gotten a double mastectomy?Well, if that one person happens to be Angelina Jolie, it means that there will suddenly be a whole lot more people who now know about the harmful consequences of having a faulty BRCA1 gene, a genetic mutation that greatly increases a woman's risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer...

May 14, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

The Incredible Importance of Mom

Imagine that you're an infant monkey, and you've just been thrown into a cage after several hours in isolation. You've been deprived of food, so you're starving.

May 12, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

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May 10, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Cooperation after a tragedy: When our hearts know better than our minds.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers The exact details of what happened today on Boylston Street are still being sorted out, but multiple reports are confirming that two bombs were detonated close to the finish line of today's Boston Marathon, killing at least two people and wounding dozens of others.As a social psychologist, there are so many reasons to expect that this should end up revealing an absolute low point for humanity...

April 15, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Benevolent Sexism: An Addendum.

When you're a woman who writes an article online about sexism, it's incredibly easy for people who want to dismiss your argument to write you off as some kind of bitter, angry, screeching man-hater.I've naturally received a lot of comments on this piece, as I absolutely knew going into this that I would...

April 3, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

If the Supreme Court is biased, which way does it lean?

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet According to a poll from the Pew Research Center that has come out just in time for this week's historic decisions on marriage equality, we should all be concerned...

March 27, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

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