Women’s college enrollment and completion rates have been exceeding men’s since the 1980s, and that educational advantage doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Having a degree (or multiple degrees), however, wasn’t previously considered an “advantage” in a marriage: for years, married women who achieved higher levels of education than their husbands were considered to be at higher risk of divorce, and higher graduation rates for women have been associated with a lack of success in romance. Researchers are just now finding that that’s no longer the case, because — shockingly — as social norms change, people generally tend to adjust their expectations to fit new demographic realities.
This morning, Vanity Fair ran through a new study put out by GLAAD that decries the lack of LGBT characters on movie screens; in the study’s telling, only 17 studio films featured such characters last year. And calling the gay folks in some of those 17 movies “characters” is pretty generous — one is the guy who gets dangled over the edge of a building, briefly, in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and another is real-life news anchor Thomas Roberts fleetingly appearing in “Iron Man 3.”