Alice Robb
Alice just graduated from Oxford with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology.
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5 Ways Women Use Words Differently

Jezebel’s Katie Baker asked a good question on Friday: Why do women qualify so many of our opinions with the verbal tic, “I feel like”? As Baker rightly points out, preceding your thoughts with “I feel like” is one of the quickest ways to make yourse…
By Alice Robb

Is This Wikipedia Women Authorship Initiative OK?

Is Wikipedia sexist? A staggering 87 percent of its contributors are men. This number resembles the gender gap we expect in traditional print media, but it presents more of a mystery; we can’t blame sexist editors or a misogynistic corporate board wh…
By Alice Robb

Is the Best Movie of the Summer a PSA?

Forget The Butler and Blue Jasmine — the best movie of the summer might just be a PSA. Teenagers texting behind the wheel is often considered a symptom of millennials' impatience and short attention spans. But millions of us are evidently willing to …
By Alice Robb

LinkedIn Is Joking With This Teenage Thing, Right?

LinkedIn lists “humor” as one of the tenets of its company culture. Maybe its new scheme to turn tweens into mini professional networkers is a joke? Until Monday, precocious teens had to hold off on registering with the site until they turned 18, but…
By Alice Robb

Labiaplasty Is On the Rise, and Yes, We Meant That

Just in case you’re totally satisfied with your face and figure, it might be time to start worrying about your vagina. WhatClinic.com, a UK-based search engine matching patients with healthcare clinics, has reported a 109 percent increase in inquirie…
By Alice Robb

Boys Are Better at Exams, Says Oxford Official

It’s kind of sweet that The Telegraph thinks girls will be “outraged” by an Oxford University official saying that men are more academically successful because they are more comfortable taking risks. Because as a woman who just graduated from Oxford,…
By Alice Robb

Why You Shouldn't Have a Role Model

I still remember a 4th grade assignment I struggled with: “Write a paragraph about your role model.” This turned out to be lesson in fiction writing, because I did not have a role model. Recent research might vindicate my 10-year-old lie. A study fro…
By Alice Robb

Can the Government Control How Much You Read?

Forget things like having children (in the plural) or expressing dissenting political opinions — the People’s Republic of China is trying to deprive their citizens of the fundamental human right of reading for pleasure. The General Administration of …
By Alice Robb

Say Hi to Your Therapist... Or Type It

It seems almost everything can be done online: Booking a holiday, finding a spouse, getting a degree. But can psychotherapy take place in cyberspace? Web-based counseling has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with sites like Breakt…
By Alice Robb

5 Podcasts to Make You More Interesting

With 250,000 podcasts in the iTunes store, you have to hunt for the ones worth downloading. In my quest to find something that can distract me from the smell of the subway, I think I've listened to a good proportion of them. Most are amateur or so sh…
By Alice Robb

You Will Get Your Worst Hangover At This Age

Are 29-year-olds panicking about entering the next decade? Trying to prove they belong in the same age bracket as college students? Whatever the reason, people on the cusp of 30 suffer the worst hangovers, according to a new study. The research, cond…
By Alice Robb

Withdrawal as Birth Control: A Pretty Common Thing

Didn't anyone pay attention in health class? Nearly a third of young women use “withdrawal” as birth control, according to a new study from Duke University Medical Center. After analyzing data on the habits of 2,220 sexually active 15 to 24-year-old …
By Alice Robb

Does Breastfeeding Lower Alzheimer's Risk for Mom?

Another day, another study touting the benefits of breastfeeding. Last week, we learned that babies who breast-feed score higher on intelligence tests later in life; the latest installment in the BREASTFEED YOUR BABY ARE YOU LISTENING campaign tells …
By Alice Robb

Kitchen Inventions Other Than the Test-Tube Burger

The first lab-grown hamburger is making headlines around the world, but will a test-tube burger one day seem as mundane as a teabag? From items invented in high-tech labs to discoveries that came out of kitchen accidents, we rounded up five food-rela…
By Alice Robb

Are "Happiness Studies" Bogus?

The happiest age is 23. The happiest age is 85. Money can buy happiness. Money does not affect happiness. Using the Internet makes you happy. Using the Internet makes you sad. Too much happiness can make you unhappy. (What now?) It’s not surprising t…
By Alice Robb

Plastic Surgery to Improve Job Prospects?

What would you do to get your dream job? Would you get the bones in your legs broken and stretched on a rack? Government bans on leg-lengthening surgery can’t deter Chinese men and women who hope an extra inch or two will give them an edge on a compe…
By Alice Robb

Times of India Removes "Offensive" Article

The Internet is freaking out over an article published on the website of The Times of India on Monday. According to the Huffington Post, Biben Laikhuram's list of “Weird, funny facts about women" is “basically [the] worst thing ever.” BuzzFeed asks i…
By Alice Robb

Kids in Heels: 21st or 18th Century Trend?

Girls like to wear heels, and the New York Times is worried. And, indeed, if that's their worry, they should watch out: Half of the shoes Steve Madden Kids’ spring-summer collection have heels, and GapKids offers young consumers two styles of wedge f…
By Alice Robb

Breastfeed Now, Harvard Later?

Is there anything breasts can’t do? Yet another study suggests that no baby formula can compete with the stuff your boobs make. The latest research, published on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, has found that babies who are breast-fed score h…
By Alice Robb

50 Most Beautiful Politicians: Weird or Not Weird?

Today is Christmas at Vanity Fair. Also at the Washington Post. Not to mention MediaBistro. Why? Well, it's the day that congressional publication The Hill reveals its annual “50 Most Beautiful” list of attractive people working in the world of polit…
By Alice Robb