Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Lesbians and Abortions. Jessica Wilkerson (Vermont): Conspicuously Absent: Birth Choice as the Next Feminist Fight. From The Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on technology, justice, and the global reproductive market. Is it time for birth control without a prescription? The recently published Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminist Debate sees authors Ann Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom take up opposing sides of the issue. A review of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz. Two Ivy League presidents — Penn’s Amy Gutmann and Brown’s Ruth Simmons — grapple with what’s holding smart, young women from seizing leadership positions. Kerry Howley reviews Sheila Rowbotham's Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century, and Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards's Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Tenth Anniversary Edition. A feminist identity takes time to blossom, and the bumps along the way are assets, not roadblocks: An excerpt from Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Dove's Go Sleeveless ad campaign creates body anxieties women didn't know they had and sells them the solution. The long road to equality: Julian Baggini reports on a surge of activity questioning the low representation of women. Christine Neejer (Louisville): Women’s Studies, Students and the Discourse of Crisis. Power, confidence, and high-heels: What’s the deal with women’s relationship to their footwear? How a sex rebel was born: Susie Bright talks about her sexual awakening, feminist hypocrisy — and where the sexual revolution went wrong. American feminist legend Erica Jong selects essential reading for women – and says the revolution is far from over. A review of Why Women Have Sex: Sexual Motivation from Adventure to Revenge — And Everything in Between by Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss.
Frank J. Vandall (Emory): Guns, Children and Congress. From Scientific American, how does a floating plastic duckie end up where it does? (and more) An article on understanding the 10 most destructive human behaviors. We no longer consider conjoined twins "freaks", but two hundred years after the birth of Chang and Eng, they continue to puzzle us. How do we brand our evolving selves? Universal brands like Facebook, Google and Twitter are changing the basic tenets of marketing. A review of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott (and more). With studies showing a decline in car use, are we seeing the beginning of the end for the car? The problem with gay men today: Outspoken activist Larry Kramer wants to know why this generation is so apathetic while he's still so angry. A review of Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer by Garry Wills. A look at five conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Three friends, on a drunken dare, set out in a dinghy for a nearby island, but when the gas ran out and they drifted into barren waters, their biggest threat wasn't the water or the ocean — it was each other. Don’t Draft Rick Perry: Why the era of the Southern Republican politician is over. Rebecca Alpert, author of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, on a reason to vote along racial lines. Sixteen years after the Srebrenica massacre and 19 years after the siege of Sarejevo, Ratko Mladic has finally been nabbed (and more). A review of Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic by Judith Armatta. What is the lure of a camper van? Paul Markillie struggles to find out. The real enemy of unions: Barry C. Lynn on why organized labor should join with entrepreneurs to bust the corporate monopolies threatening them both.
Graham Mayeda (Ottawa): Pushing the Boundaries: Rethinking International Law in Light of Cosmopolitan Obligations to Developing Countries. Koen Decancq (KUL): Global Inequality: A Multidimensional Perspective. Alberto Chong (IADB) and Mark Gradstein (Ben-Gurion): Who's Afraid of Foreign Aid? The Donors' Perspective. Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins (UNICEF): Global Inequality: Beyond the Bottom Billion — A Rapid Review of Income Distribution in 141 Countries. Randall Peerenboom (La Trobe): The Future of Law in a Multipolar World: Toward a Global New Deal. Alice N. Sindzingre (CNRS): Poverty Traps: A Perspective from Development Economics. Can the planet support 10 billion people? There's room for debate. The myth of 9 billion: Why ignoring family planning overseas was the worst foreign-policy mistake of the century. Sarah Ruden on the Christian case for family planning aid. From The European, the World Bank wants to fight poverty, yet its organizational structure prevents sustainable policy; and the machinery of global governance is changing — influential states from the Southern hemisphere are emerging as the old world is losing its political and economic influence. Andrew Linford on the difficulties calculating inequality and the Gini Coefficient. More than 1 billion people are hungry in the world, but what if the experts are wrong? A review of Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee's Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (and more). Andrew Linford on global inequality: Where is it found? A review of Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More by Charles Kenny (and more and more and more and more). A recent UNICEF report points to increasing economic inequalities and suggests that those in power, even in democracies, want it that way.