Sexual assault: what can you do if you don’t want to make a formal report to police?

Georgina Heydon, RMIT University; Nicola Henry, RMIT University; Rachel Loney-Howes, University of Wollongong, and Tully O’Neill, The University of Melbourne The alleged rape of former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins has raised many questions about how sexual assault gets reported. Members of the Morrison government have repeatedly stressed the appropriate response to allegations of sexual […]

How the gay party scene short-circuited and became a moneymaking bonanza

Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri-Columbia When coronavirus restrictions threatened the White Party, an annual circuit party held in Palm Springs, California, the organizer, Jeffrey Sanger, decided to move the festivities to Jalisco, Mexico. Gay partygoers from around the world descended on the small coastal state for the New Year’s Eve bash. Stars from Ru […]

Interview with Peregrine Honig

This past week, SF Times had a chance to catch up with one of the most talented artists to come out of San Francisco — Peregrine Honig. We talked about her background, influences, inspiration and her future work. To start out, how has your work been going since the start of the pandemic? I’m sure […]

Voters are starting to act like hard-core sports fans – with dangerous repercussions for democracy

Michael Devlin, Texas State University and Natalie Brown Devlin, University of Texas at Austin During Donald Trump’s presidency, the American electorate became more divided and partisan, with research suggesting that the ongoing division is less about policy and more about labels like “conservative” and “liberal.” Essentially, voters increasingly see themselves in one of two camps […]

The psychology of fairness: Why some Americans don’t believe the election results

David M. Mayer, University of Michigan The electoral votes have confirmed Joe Biden won the 2020 United States presidential election. The presidential electors gave Biden 306 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 votes. Biden also recorded a solid lead of over 7 million in the popular vote. Nonetheless, results from a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist […]

Why being stuck at home – and unable to hang out in cafes and bars – drains our creativity

Korydon Smith, University at Buffalo; Kelly Hayes McAlonie, University at Buffalo, and Rebecca Rotundo, University at Buffalo While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the corner coffee shop means more than lost wages. It also represents a collective loss of creativity. Researchers have […]