Marriage ending in divorce is a very common occurrence in the United States as well as around the world. According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. While research on this subject and how it affects families is very common, research on the way divorce is portrayed in the media is less prevalent.
For centuries, medical experts have been researching the female body and whether or not there is a connection between reproductive processes and the brain. These ideas of “pregnancy brain” or “hormonal women” are not new concepts. Some of these ideas, although in different forms, can even be traced back to Ancient Greek and Egyptian texts. However, there is debate, even today, about whether or not these concepts have any validity.
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a controversial but increasingly common drilling method. Although proponents say it its both an effective and lucrative way to extract oil and gas from the Earth, the technique has been banned in certain states and countries over concerns about its environmental impacts.
Dr. Amy Koerber, Professor in Communication Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Success in Texas Tech University's College of Media & Communication, explores the history of these ideas in her new book