National Geographic : 2017 Jan
A girl wears a Sleeping Beauty costume for the photo project “Dress Rehearsal.” Is dressing up as princesses ‘a normal girlie-girl phase,’ or does it ‘encourage girls to define them- selves based on appearance and passivity’? A question photographer Blake Fitch asks with her images of girls wearing princess attire PHOTO: BLAKE FITCH SPOT ILLUSTRATIONS: FELIX SOCKWELL POLL GRAPHIC: LAWSON PARKER. SOURCE: GALLUP 5.4 5.2 Worst possible life Best possible life World average, 2015 Female Male 0 10 72% 70% 48% 58% OF WOMEN OF MEN OF WOMEN OF MEN Despite reporting differences in employment and per- ceived safety, women responded slightly higher than men when asked to rate their lives on a 0-to-10 scale. THE STUDY OF GENDER The battle of the sexes: what science has to say Across cultures, people see odd numbers as masculine and even numbers as feminine. A study in the Jour- nal of Experimental Psychology found gender is assigned to an item based on the number next to it. The association of numbers with gender has roots in ancient Greek and Chinese philosophies. Boys and girls may get different breast milk, depending on family finances. The American Journal of Physical Anthro- pology reported that wealthier mothers produce richer breast milk for their sons and may nurse boys more frequently, while poor- er mothers do the same for their daughters.