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Victor/Victoria and Hurricanes

Today I woke to this story on NPR and was immediately annoyed. (I don’t think it had anything to do with it being the way I was woken, but I may be wrong.) According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hurricanes with female names have been deadlier than those with male names. The reason for this, the researchers concluded, may have something to do with gender stereotypes. In short, people may be less afraid – and thus less motivated to take them seriously or move out of harm’s way – of...

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