Janet Radcliffe-Richards (Oxford): Only X%: The Problem of Sex Equality. Robert Deaner (GVSU), Rickey Carter and Michael Joyner (Mayo), and Sandra Hunter (Marquette): Men Are More Likely than Women to Slow in the Marathon. Millions of years of fist fights have altered the human face to leave men's jaws more robust than women's, a study has found. Joni M. Lakin (Auburn) and James L. Gambrell (ACT): Sex Differences in Fluid Reasoning: Manifest and Latent Estimates from the Cognitive Abilities Test. The Mars and Venus question: A variation in the cognitive abilities of the two sexes may be more about social development than gender stereotypes. In the brain of the father: Why men can be just as good primary parents as women. No, men aren’t “having it all” either: A CEO steps back, and shows that the work-life challenge is for guys too. Why are there no female Sheldon Adelsons? Rebecca Traister on the real reasons for the absence of free-spending women political donors. Kat Stoeffel on why it shouldn’t take having a daughter for men to care about feminism. A new study helps explain why some people get enraged when women have sex. A new study helps explain why Hobby Lobby supporters are so fiercely opposed to birth control: The idea that ensuring access to affordable birth control is harmful to society because it leads to promiscuity and infidelity. Tara Culp-Ressler on the GOP’s plot to convince you they support birth control. Phyllis Schlafly explains why feminism has made women unhappy. The women of the men's rights movement: Alex Brook Lynn goes inside the online world of honey badgers, trolls, and feminist threats. Punching Gloria Steinem: Jessica Valenti goes inside the bizarre world of anti-feminist women. Hey, “women against feminism”: Feminism still has your back so you’re welcome. Christina Sterbenz on the 24 words that are most known to only men or women.
From Yale Law Journal, a special section on Federalism as the New Nationalism. Andrew B. Coan (Wisconsin): Commandeering, Coercion, and the Deep Structure of American Federalism. Javier Lorente Fontaneda (UAM): The Disaffected Citizen or the Art of Voting for the Worst. Joao Afonso Baptista (Hamburg): Tourism Moral Imaginaries and the Making of Community. Nickolas Jordan (Appalachian State): World of Warcraft: A Family Therapist’s Journey into Scapegoated Culture. Kyle Jon Sepe (Washington College): American Jews and the Democratic Party: Historical and Biblical Perspectives on Jewish Adherence to the Democratic Party and Implications for Future Presidential Elections. From The Washington Monthly, Stanley Greenberg on why the white working class matters; and beyond identity politics: To reach the white working class, promise an economy that “works for everyone”. Class politics ultimately confronts the same dilemmas as radical race and gender politics — emancipation of the working class means abolishing the class as such, and thus giving up the comforts of working class identity. Even Fairbanks on the absolute worst cliche online today: "All you need to know" isn't just a stupid headline formula — it's actually bad for journalism. What’s behind nostalgia for 1970s New York? Charlie McCann on longing for New York’s bad old days. Hein de Haas on Morocco: Setting the stage for becoming a migration transition country? For a millennium, Athos has been home to monks, hermits and icons; women are banned and ethics can be murky — but Tom Whipple keeps going back. Travis Waldron on why the American Medical Association wants cheerleading designated as a sport.
Par Segerdahl (Uppsala): Being Humans When We Are Animals. When animals get bored or anxious, they develop physical tics just like humans. Vint Virga on his book The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human. Benjamin Wallace-Wellson the case for the end of the modern zoo. Alex Halberstadt on zoo animals and their discontents: Do donkeys get depressed, are some aoudads anxious, and what can a zoo’s shrink do to help ease their minds? See Spot get depressed: Joshua Rothman reviews Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman. When animals lose their minds: From anxious dogs to depressed gorillas, animals suffer from mental distress too, and the causes aren't always clear. Who wants to shoot an elephant: What kind of a person looks upon the world's largest land animal — a beast that mourns its dead and lives to retirement age and can distinguish the voice of its enemies — and instead of saying "Wow!" says something like "Where's my gun?" Save the elephants: Elizabeth Kolbert on how to curb an increase in poaching. Consider the lobster; pity the fish: Culum Brown does for the fish what David Foster Wallace did for the lobster. The death of a fly is utterly insignificant, or it’s a catastrophe — how much should we worry about what we squash? George Dvorsky interviews David Pearce on the radical plan to eliminate Earth's predatory species. Where do humans really rank on the food chain? We're not at the top, but towards the middle, at a level similar to pigs and anchovies. Chimps, always jerks, can now rub a new study touting their superiority in our faces — thanks for nothing, science.
George Tridimas (Ulster): Why Some Democracies Are Headed by a Monarch? Douglas Chalmers (Columbia): Putting Elections in Their Place: The Limits of their Role in a Representative Democracy. Staffan I. Lindberg (Gothenburg), Michael Coppedge (Notre Dame), John Gerring (BU), and Jan Teorell (Lund): V-DEM: A New Way to Measure Democracy. Besir Ceka (UNC) and Pedro C. Magalhaes (Lisbon): The Meaning of Democracy and its Determinants. Johan Karlsson Schaffer (Oslo): Conflict of Interest: Inclusion and Transformation in Democratic Theory. Gary Lucas, Jr. (Texas A&M): Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Opportunity Cost Neglect Undermines Democracy. David Altman (UC-CL): Strengthening Democratic Quality: Reactive Deliberation in the Context of Direct Democracy. Didier Caluwaerts (VUB) and Juan E. Ugarriza (El Rosario): Beating the Odds: Confrontational Deliberative Democracy. Seva Gunitsky (Toronto): From Shocks to Waves: Hegemonic Transitions and Democratization in the Twentieth Century. Disappointed democracy: Andrew Gamble reviews The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present by David Runciman and Democracy: All That Matters by Steven Beller. Democracies are notoriously short-sighted; Thomas Wells on how, with one simple device, we could give unborn citizens a say in our present. The party’s over: Jan-Werner Muller reviews Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy by Peter Mair. Dani Rodrik on rethinking democracy. Herbert J. Gans on fixing representative democracy. Democracy was once a comforting fiction — has it become an uninhabitable one? A review essay on democracy by Thomas Meaney and Yascha Mounk.
Patrick Testa and Walter E. Block (Loyola): Libertarianism and Circumcision. Lauro Carnicelli (AUB): Should Voting Be Mandatory? David Kirk (Texas): Dispersing the Crowd: A Natural Experiment of the Effects of the Deconcentration of the Urban Underclass. Martin D. Smith (Duke): Geoengineering Coastlines? From Accidental to Intentional. Carl Zimmer on the new science of evolutionary forecasting: Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions. The first chapter from The National Origins of Policy Ideas: Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark by John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen. Pablo Stafforini interviews Ben Kuhn on the effective altruist movement. Darwin in Arabia: Robert Irwin reviews Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 by Marwa Elshakry. Thanks for the spycraft, World War I: Melanie King on the fight that launched an explosion of espionage innovation. Why do two white Americans get the Ebola serum while hundreds of Africans die? Arthur L. Caplan on the ethics of drug distribution (and more). Jason Stanley on when protesting Israel becomes hating Jews. Roger Blench on the Austronesians: An agricultural revolution that failed. John Kincaid on Elinor and Vincent Ostrom: Federalists for all seasons. We are living in a material world: Bill Gates on how cement, iron and other stuff makes modern life possible. Multiple lovers, without jealousy: Polyamorous people still face plenty of stigmas, but some studies suggest they handle certain relationship challenges better than monogamous people do.
A new issue of the Journal of Business Anthropology is out. Teemu Ruskola (Emory): What is a Corporation? Liberal, Confucian, and Socialist Theories of Enterprise Organization (and State, Family, and Personhood). What the Hobby Lobby ruling means for America: Corporations, it turns out, really are people — and that could be very bad news for the rest of us. Thrown out of court: Lina Khan on how corporations became people you can't sue. George Dvorsky on why it's time to destroy corporate personhood. Corporations are people — so what if people were corporations? Jeff Schwartz (Utah): The Corporatization of Personhood. Avital Mentovich (UCLA), Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago), and Moran Cerf (Northwestern): The Psychology of Corporate Rights. Jefferson Cowie reviews The Employee: A Political History by Jean-Christian Vinel. From the forthcoming The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For and Against, John Hasnas (Georgetown): The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit. Miriam H. Baer (Brooklyn): Confronting the Two Faces of Corporate Fraud. Christine Bader on how companies commit human-rights abuses in America, too — and yet Americans tend not to describe the exploitation that way. How do business interest groups influence social policy-making? Thomas Paster on business and the welfare state — a literature review. Danielle Kurtzleben on everything you need to know about Walmart, in nine charts. Alana Massey on the last days of Abercrombie & Fitch. Barnali Choudhury (Queen Mary): Gender Diversity on Boards: Beyond Quotas. Bryce Covert on why it's time to fix the very pale, very male boardroom.
Jerg Gutmann and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): The Rule of Law and Constitutionalism in Muslim Countries. Jonathan W. Pidluzny (Morehead State): Democracy is Not the Answer; Mixed Constitutional Government Is — Regime Change in the Middle East After the Arab Spring. Ellis Goldberg (Washington): The Urban Roots of the Arab Spring. Farhad Khosrokhavar (EHESS): Violence in the Arab Revolutions: The Paradigmatic Case of Egypt. Meah Mostafiz (EPU): Syrian Conflict: Dilemmas and Challenges in Peaceful Settlement. Daniel Meierrieks and Tim Krieger (Freiburg): The Roots of Islamist Armed Struggle. What do we mean by “Islamist”? Elizabeth R. Nugent investigates. The ups and downs of Islamism: Tarek Masoud reviews Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid. Michael Hoffman and Amaney Jamal on how Islam mattered in the Arab uprisings. What was the role of religion in the Arab Spring? Kat Eghdamian investigates. Peter Hill on “the civil” and “the secular” in contemporary Arab politics. Amyn B. Sajoo reviews Minority Rights in the Middle East by Joshua Castellino and Kathleen A. Cavanaugh. Jillian Nicole Blake and Aqsa Mahmud on the Arab Spring's four seasons: International protections and the sovereignty problem. Nathaniel Greenberg reviews The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects by Nouri Gana. A look at life in a jihadist capital: Order with a darker side. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Amichai Magen on the jihadist governance dilemma: After making astounding territorial gains in its war against the Iraqi government the Islamic State declared a caliphate — but can jihadists govern? Dov Friedman on how the U.S. is accidentally pushing Kurdistan toward independence. John B. Judis on how the Middle East that France and Britain drew is finally unravelling — and there's very little the U.S. can do to stop it. Nick Danforth on 15 maps that don't explain the Middle East at all.
The inaugural issue of Disability and the Global South is out. Jessica Tillipman (George Washington): Gifts, Hospitality and the Government Contractor. Jeffrey W. Ladewig (Conn) and Seth C. McKee (Texas Tech): The Devil’s in the Details: Evaluating the One Person, One Vote Principle in American Politics. John Gardner (Oxford): The Evil of Privatization. Tamas Nagypal (York): From the Classical Polis to the Neoliberal Camp: Mapping the Biopolitical Regimes of the Undead in Dawn of the Dead, Zombi 2 and 28 Days Later. Kenneth K. Ching (Regent): What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price. Saul Levmore (Chicago) and Ariel Porat (Tel Aviv): Credible Threats (“This Article suggests that there is a good case to be made for legal intervention on behalf of some commercial threats, in order to enhance their credibility and signaling value”). From the Journal of Political Ecology, a special section on non-capitalist political ecologies. Erin Gloria Ryan on the paranoid hypochondriac's guide to the ebola outbreak. What would Hamas do if it could do whatever it wanted? Jeffrey Goldberg on understanding what the Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza branch wants by studying its theology, strategy, and history. In Central America, war without a name and refugees without papers. Why so many people care so much about others' sex lives? A new study looks at the evolutionary psychology behind ideas of sexual morality. Herbert Gintis reviews Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up by David Colander and Roland Kupers. Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?
Robert Cottrol (GWU): Second Amendment, Constitutional Dysfunction or Necessary Safeguard? Marjorie McElroy (Duke) and Peichun Wang (Penn): Do Concealed Gun Permits Deter Crime? New Results from a Dynamic Model. Linda McClain and James Fleming (BU): Ordered Gun Liberty: Rights with Responsibilities and Regulation. David Kopel (Denver): The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. David B. Kopel (Denver): The Posse Comitatus and the Office of Sheriff: Armed Citizens Summoned to the Aid of Law Enforcement. Josh Blackman (South Texas): The 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, and 3D Printed Guns. Tony Masero on the international traffic in arms regulations, 3D-printed firearms, and the First Amendment. An interview with Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University. Gun nuts are terrorizing America: Rick Perlstein on the watershed moment everyone missed. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Isla Vista: Families of shooting victims describe the struggle of lobbying for gun control, and how they keep going. Mike Weisser on what the Left doesn't understand about the gun ownership debate. Gun nuts’ sick power trip: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on what’s really behind the “open carry” crusade. Gun nuts deploy Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for cynical political scheme. Take your guns to church: Benjamin Boyd on the Second Amendment and church autonomy. Meet the libertarians who keep beating D.C.’s gun laws in court. Dave Gilson on an NRA's Murder Mystery: One court sent him to prison for shooting a woman, another set him free over bad police work — was the NRA's top lawyer railroaded or a "bad guy with a gun"? America's Wild-West gun laws are helping fuel the border crisis: The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways. My Parents Open Carry, a pro-gun picture book for children, aims to reassure kids about parents’ weapons. James Brady revolutionized the gun-control debate — does it stop with him?
Penelope Andrews (Albany): A Champion for African Freedom: Paul Robeson and the Struggle Against Apartheid. “I have sinned against the Lord and against you! Will you forgive me?”: Former apartheid leader Adriaan Vlok is seeking redemption — by washing the feet of those he wronged. From Vice, a special series on Saving South Sudan. Iain Marlow on why flying “Internet drones” over Africa is a dumb, libertarian fantasy. Reminders of Rwanda's genocide are everywhere today, in the form of tens of thousands who survived the mass slaughter but were left permanently maimed. Beyond “conflict minerals”: Colin Kinniburgh on how the Congo’s resource curse lives on. The West’s Neocolonial Adventure: Abayomi Azikiwe on Africa and the struggle against imperialism. Will the BRICS bank be a game changer for Africa? Alexander O'Riordan wonders. Claire Adida on her book Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers. Why are Africa's militaries so disappointingly bad? Michela Wrong on how history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats. A United States of Africa? Not yet, but an august summit in Washington aims to take some modest steps toward an old dream. #InstagrammingAfrica: Lauren Kascak with Sayantani DasGupta on the narcissism of global voluntourism. Why every book about Africa has the same cover: Michael Silverberg on the "post-colonialist and Orientalist" undertones of the ubiquitous acacia tree (and part 2). Jonathan Zimmerman on why America must stop stereotyping Africa as a continent of animals. Nick Stockton on the surprising gut microbes of African hunter-gatherers. Graeme Wood on the African country where compasses go haywire: What’s behind the Bangui Magnetic Anomaly?