SAPIENS

Anthropology / Everything Human

Stories

Field Notes

How Geocachers Navigate Fear in the Urban Woods

An anthropologist’s study of a mobile digital game highlights the stereotypes that dictate who is seen as sexually threatening or vulnerable in urban spaces.

skin whitening - Salons like this one in Johannesburg, South Africa, offer facials that make use of skin lightening products.

Marketplace

The Dark Side of Skin Whitening

Crossroads

When Black Female Victims Aren’t Seen as Victims

In Peru, rampant stereotypes about Afro-Peruvian women as aggressive and hypersexual leaves many women unwilling or unable to seek support as victims of abuse.

Bipedality

Interview

Unraveling the Mystery of Human Bipedality