Ingrid M. Hoofd (NUS): Between Baudrillard, Braidotti and Butler: Rethinking Left-Wing Feminist Theory in Light of Neoliberal Acceleration. Fien Adriaens (Ghent): Post Feminism in Popular Culture: A Potential for Critical Resistance? Shira Chess (RPI): How to Play a Feminist. From New Politics, a special section on women's issues. From Reconstruction, Diederik F. Janssen on gender trouble as tentative analogue for maturity trouble. A review of Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. The myth of the fairer sex: Women, especially self-proclaimed feminists, must own the truth about our gender's capacity for violence if we are ever going to be effective in ending it. Is Lady Gaga a feminist? An interview with philosopher Nancy Bauer. "White Girl Problems"? Black girls have them, too. From The Scavenger, an unmarried, childless woman recently became the Prime Minister of Australia — for some commentators, Julia Gillard's lifestyle choices make her a bad role model for women. To The Lighthouse: Thomas J. Scheff on feminine mastery of inner dialogue. Do we still need to carve out separate spaces for girls and women in order to ensure that their ideas are heard? A review of Rape: Sex, Violence, History by Joanna Bourke. Sheryl WuDunn on our century's greatest injustice, the oppression of women globally. No Exit: Should victims of domestic abuse be eligible for asylum in the US?
From The Big Money, Marion Maneker on the weird logic of paywall challengers. It really should be called the life and times of film director George Lucas: A review of Star Wars: Year by Year. Bart and Lisa Go Head-to-Head: This is a very quick test of your ability to make sense of some fairly simple data. Pascal Fouche, author of an encyclopaedia of the book, Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses whether publishers are prepared for the challenge posed by the dematerialisation of the printed word. What’s wrong is the same thing that’s wrong with discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or gender: Beauty bias is the last frontier of acceptable bigotry. Looks can deceive: Why perception and reality don't always match up. And the World Turned: Cheesy, cliched, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children. Following the death of his daughter Olivia, Roald Dahl became convinced that religion was a sham (and an excerpt). Marginalia and forgotten mementoes are often squirreled away inside conventional books — what will become of such treasures in the age of the ebook? A review of Slave Revolts in Antiquity by Theresa Urbainczyk. A review of Yeats and Violence by Michael Wood. How much oil is left on Earth? Garrett Heany investigates. Justin Bieber can hear them scream: New York goes inside the bubble with the 16-year-old sensation, as the fans start closing in.
From the latest issue of Numeracy, Rick Gillman (Valparaiso): Reorganizing School Mathematics for Quantitative Literacy. Mathematicians are facing a stark choice — embrace monstrous infinite entities or admit the basic rules of arithmetic are broken. A review of Dude, Can You Count? Stories, Challenges, and Adventures in Mathematics by Christian Constanda. A review of Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir Alexander. A review of The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life by Marcus du Sautoy and Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos (and more). A review essay on two books by Ole Skovsmose. A special issue of the Annals of Improbable Research on mathematics is now online. The beauty of math: Incalculable beauty is the result when equations produce fractals. Has the devilish math problem “P vs NP” finally been solved? (Maybe not — and more) The pattern collector: The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences outgrows its creator. Not fully understanding the "equal sign" in a math problem could be a key to why US students underperform their peers from other countries in math. Mathematics is sometimes applicable, sometimes not, and we have to know where to use it. Mathematics is no match for evolution or consciousness — is that a temporary problem? A review of The Elements of Euclid by Oliver Byrne (and more by Albert Mobilio).
From Vanity Fair, the media criticisms of Barack Obama’s style — too cool, too detached, too professorial — echo past complaints about another young president, John F. Kennedy, but though a sound-bite-hungry punditocracy craves Oval Office theatrics, the rest of America may not care. A new "superbug" has surfaced that has the potential to make even the most minor infections untreatable — how worried should you be? Nuclear fall in: John Horgan on why he's becoming a pro-nuke nut. The new morning-after pill: Is Ella birth control or abortion? Novel Ideas: Statesmen once looked to great works of literature to help them understand the world — no longer (and a review of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order by Charles Hill). From Wishtank Edu, Paul Grobstein on Diversity and Deviance: A biological perspective; Garrett Heany on The Chess Analogy: Positional decision making in a changing world; and an interview with The Yes Men. How much is enough? Lawrence Wittner on America's runaway military spending. South America gave up its dictator habit two decades ago, which is why the inauguration of Suriname's President-elect, former dictator Desi Bouterse, is raising tropical concerns. From Big Think, Michael Stone explains his scale of evil. What has become of genius? In the early 21st century, talent appears to be on the increase, genius on the decrease. Have editors and writers always hated each other?
An interview with Mark Valeri, author of Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America. To men traveling through the British colonies, everything was new — especially in the bedroom. A review of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove. Was the American Revolution just? A review of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America by Elisa Tamarkin. A review of Jesus and Gin: Evangelicalism, the Roaring Twenties and Today's Culture Wars by Barry Hankins. The signpost at the crossroads: When it comes to politics, abortion remains at the intersection of religion and American public life. A review of The Religious Left and Church-State Relations by Steven H. Shiffrin (and more). It is ironic that the South is regarded as backward, ignorant and uncivilized by what we think of as the intelligentsia of the world. After the 2010 census we could see something of a neo-confederate majority in Congress; historical patterns may be repeating themselves, but they could produce a very different final result. America, land of loners: Americans, plugged in and on the move, are confiding in their pets, their computers, and their spouses — what they need is to rediscover the value of friendship. More and more and more on Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America by Nick Rosen.