Marie-Pierre Dargnies (WZB): Social Identity and Competitiveness. True emancipation of women requires a politics that has been shed of its masculinity to pave the way for socialism for women and men equally. When did girls start wearing pink? Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress. Who makes the call at the mall, men or women? (and more) Men without women: Niall Ferguson on the ominous rise of a bachelor generation. Why do we let them dress like that? Women of a liberated generation wrestle with their eager-to-grow-up daughters — and their own pasts. Boys' and girls' brains are different — but not always in the ways you might think. Why do boys these days get no love? What have they done to deserve their treatment at our hands? We’ve let go of the silly notion that all women are hardwired to nurture rather than compete; what some of us are still not seeing is that men are every bit as adaptable. Can it not possibly be that feminine people dress or behave femininely or indeed do anything just to suit ourselves? Femme Guy is tired of people questioning his motivations to live and celebrate his femmeness. Can manhood survive the lost decade? A look at what the Mancession has done to the middle aged male. A review of The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can't Say by Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly. Is God woman’s greatest nemesis? (and part 2) Anxiety gender gap: Are women really more anxious than men? A psychology study from Hong Kong suggests that, among men, the impulses to make love and war are deeply intertwined. Is it natural for older guys to lust after young women? An interview with Niobe Way, author of Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection. An article on nail polish and the policing of gender norms.


From Vice, Trevor Snapp on the New Libyans: Knee-deep in the shit with Benghazi’s unlikely rebels; and Big Muammar's House: Gaddafi loves hosting babes at his bachelor pad. Why escalators bring out the best in people. Jonathan Cohn on the five scariest things in the Republican budget you haven't heard about. Las Vegas bets on Celine Dion for its recovery. Westerners might get a bit queasy when they think about eating locusts, spiders or ants, but they make up delicacies and key sources of protein in much of the world. Rick Perlstein goes inside the GOP's fact-free nation: How political lying became normal. David Bentley Hart on the trouble with Ayn Rand: Civilization teeters on the brink — they’ve made a movie of Atlas Shrugged. Jeffrey Goldberg’s reporting from the Middle East has garnered a slew of awards and an invitation to come and chat with Fidel Castro — just don’t tell his kids he dropped out of Penn. Jason Collins on evolution and irrationality. Still don’t understand what happens if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling? Carlos Lozada reads Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation so you don't have to. What do content farms say about what we care about? Nice day for a revolution: David Harvey on why May Day should be a date to stand up and change the system. Are we moving beyond the welfare state? David Frum examines a new vision of radical reductions in government’s social insurance function. To the barricades: Revolutionary potential is only limited by our imagination. This is the age of aquariums: Young men are paying a fortune to “aqua-scape” their indoor fish tanks and parting with up to 250,000 for a single fish — why? The Public Intellectual is a publication where academics can offer their expert analysis of pressing social problems in an accessible journalistic style.


From Slate, Jack Shafer on how to read the Bin Laden coverage; John Dickerson on how Obama's focused, hands-on pursuit of Osama Bin Laden paid off; Anne Applebaum on how careful preparation, rather than expensive weapons, took out Osama Bin Laden; did the government's huge reward help nail Bin Laden? Annie Lowrey investigates; William Saletan on eight mysteries about the killing of Osama Bin Laden; Chris Wilson on how Al-Qaida is hopelessly complex and decentralized, but losing Osama could still be a major blow; Daniel Byman on Al-Qaida after Osama; Dahlia Lithwick on how Obama should use Osama Bin Laden's death to declare victory and end the legal war on terror; Christopher Hitchens on how what Obama does next will help define the legacy of Osama Bin Laden; and Fred Kaplan on what Osama Bin Laden's death means for al-Qaida and for U.S. relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Could Osama bin Laden have been found faster if the CIA had followed the advice of ecosystem geographers from UCLA? Geographers had calculated 81% chance that Osama was in Abbottabad. From New Left Review, Perry Anderson on the concatenation in the Arab world. Alfred Stepan on contrasting progress on democracy in Tunisia and Egypt. Letter from Yemen: Can protesters find a path between dictatorship and anarchy? Arab autocrats may be tottering, 
but the world's tyrants aren't all quaking in their steel-toed boots. An Arab Spring for Women: Shahin Cole and Juan Cole on the missing story from the Middle East. Why are the Muhammad cartoons still inciting violence? Malise Ruthven investigates. As rebellion rocked Egypt in early 2011, several scholars had unusually intimate perspectives on the action. University press meets Arab revolution: Strong Regime, Weak State becomes The Autumn of Dictatorship.


Jean LeClair (Montreal): Federalism, Socrates and Ulysses. Craig Scott (York): Will Canada Be an Open Democracy after May 2? Here are 41 things about Canada's 41st federal election. Worthwhile Canadian Candidate: Michael Ignatieff may want to be prime minister too much for Canadians to give it to him. Does the election mark Common Sense Revolution 2.0? Canada was once defined by the schism between English and French; today, our divide is increasingly ideological — can it be bridged? A review of Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984–2008 by Brooke Jeffrey. From the Globe and Mail, a special report on the trials of Nunavut: How a crime epidemic is challenging the future of Canada's newest territory. From The Walrus, has Nova Scotia put its treasure hunters and the bounty they seek at risk of extinction? Emily Landau investigates; wannabe Canadian Grant Stoddard explains why we ought to curb our devotion to Her Majesty; Allison Martell on a new chapter in the census scandal; and John Semley on why Ultimate Fighting Championship will never measure up to Canada’s golden age of wrestling. Between Rwanda and Sierra Leone: Peter Braul on Canada's beer drinking habit. From LRC, a review of Heroes: Canadian Champions, Dark Horses and Icons by Peter C. Newman and Mavericks: Canadian Rebels, Renegades and Anti-Heroes by Peter C. Newman; and a review of Police in Canada: The Real Story by John Sewell. Welcome to Toronto’s prostitution island. Lament for a TV nation: This is part of that distinct set of Canadian values — indifference to new ideas, shrugging off chicanery, fetishizing hockey, watching Survivor. Canada has nothing to fear but itself: Those old Canadian devils — ear of foreigners, a vacuum of national leadership, petty provincialism — are conspiring to rob us.


Peter J. Phillips (USQ): The Diseconomies of Terrorism. Paul Gill (Penn State) and Joseph K. Young (American): Comparing Role-Specific Terrorist Profiles. Alec D. Walen (Rutgers): Criminalizing Statements of Terrorist Intent: How to Understand the Law Governing Terrorist Threats, and Why it Should Be Used Instead of Long-Term Preventive Detention. Thomas Myers (Florida A&M): Terrorist to Tyrant. Jihadi media unleashes the first online terrorist magazine for women — welcome to the she-had. Why Yasir Qadhi wants to talk about jihad: To prevent violent extremism in the US, the Muslim cleric says he must talk openly to his young followers — but can the J-word even be part of the conversation? New York congressman Peter King says the threat of homegrown terrorism is on the rise and American Muslims aren’t doing enough to stop it — his opponents say he’s on a witch hunt. On counterterrorism, the only difference between Republicans and Obama is rhetorical. Inside terrorism: An interview with Bruce Hoffman. Moorthy S. Muthuswamy on a sharia- and jihad-based theory of Muslim radicalism. A beast in the heart of every fighting man: The case against American soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians turns on the idea of a rogue unit — but what if the killings are a symptom of a deeper problem? The Jihadi High School: Recruiters in this Afghan refugee camp don’t wait for graduation before sending kids to the front lines. How does a hunting trip in Pakistan provide a glimpse into the country's feudal past — and its dangerous present? Securing Pakistan is far more important than “victory” in Afghanistan — and the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign is only stoking extremist flames in the Hindu Kush.


John D. Inazu (Duke): Between Liberalism and Theocracy. William P. Umphres (Virginia): "Justice is a Bad Idea for Christians": Religious Identity in Political Deliberation. Christoph Engel (Max Planck): Law as a Precondition for Religious Freedom. From Inside Catholic, Thomas D. Williams on the myth of religious tolerance. From TFP, Gustavo A. Solimeo on the dictatorship of equality: A Catholic perspective; and John Horvat on how to stop blasphemy — from the mouths of those who promote it. A review of The Church and the Libertarian by Christopher Ferrara. Jeffrey A. Tucker on why religious people struggle with economics. Where are religious conservatives when you need them? Religious conservatives profess to care about the poor, but when the poor need help most, they're nowhere in sight. How should Christians realize their obligations to the poor in a post-welfare state world? "Christian economics" meets the antiunion movement: Gary North, a prolific writer who applies biblical principles to economic issues and the free market, is an influential figure on the American far right. Submitting to the Christian Right: The press ignores the influence of religious conservatives on Republican lawmakers bent on curbing the rights of American women. A look at how the new Evangelical Left is pushing the bounds of Christianity. Theocracy in America: Should we be more worried about radical Islamists or Christian fundamentalists? Helen De Cruz wants to know. A review of The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders by Damon Linker. An interview with Robert Putnam and David Campbell, authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Bruce Van Baren (Loyola): The Wall Comes Tumbling Down: The Establishment Clause Collides with School Choice. Emile Lester, author of Teaching about Religions, on how religions can be incorporated into a public school curriculum.

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