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By Kevin Lewis
August 16, 2009

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Because President Obama is a lawyer and his mother had a commonly male first name (Stanley), he might appreciate this study out of Clemson. The authors calculated the “masculinity” of every first name in South Carolina as the fraction of registered voters with that name who were male. Then, they compared the average masculinity of female voters’ names to the ... (Full article: 707 words)

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