From Standpoint, the operation that can ruin your life: Sex-change treatment for children is abuse and some transsexuals regret having it. A review of God Made Your Body and a review of How God Makes Babies by Jim Burns. An interview with Miriam Grossman, author of You're Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Ed and How They Harm Your Child (and more on politically incorrect sex ed). How to lobby against sex ed: Retired Massachusetts businessman Raymond Ruddy is using his fortune to jam abstinence-only programs into federal health care legislation. From Newsweek, the future of abstinence: It's been a mainstay of sex ed for more than a decade — now, as the Obama administration cuts off federal funding, the movement scrambles for money, determined to continue its mission; and the sin of yielding to impure desire: A brief history of sex ed in America. An interview with Robie H. Harris, a pioneer of sexuality education, and author of It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s Not the Stork! How sex ed fails us: October is sexuality education month, but today’s teenagers couldn’t be in a worse place to protect their sexual health. From Details, a look at how Internet porn is changing teen sex. From Campus Progress, a look at the problem with the campus sex column “movement”. Sex is free, healthy and good for the soul: An article on Carlyle Jansen's crusade to transform the facts of life into the fun of life. When it comes to sex, most self-help books offer more "self" than "help". A look at the 5 most ridiculous sex self-help books.
From Economic Sociology, a special issue on the commodification of the body, including essays on a market for human cadavers and markets in human organs. More on An Intellectual History of Cannibalism by Catalin Avramescu. Let them eat dog: A modest proposal for tossing Fido in the oven. It’s immediately apparent just flipping through The Onion's Our Front Pages that the art of the fake headline has evolved. From The New Yorker, what really happened during the Israeli attacks on Gaza? Lawrence Wright investigates; and why is American history so murderous? A review of American Homicide by Randolph Roth and A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present by Pieter Spierenburg. Every fall, the North American landscape transforms from a rolling verdure to a collage of vibrant yellows, oranges and reds; the autumn foliage in Europe, however, is rather bland, composed of mostly yellow leaves — why? China’s too lenient — we need a no-child policy: With the swarm of human beings expected to hit nine billion by 2050, it’s time we discussed tough remedies. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on Ayn Rand, capitalism's martyred hero. A review of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms by Ethan Gilsdorf (and more and more and an interview). An obituary of Claude Levi-Strauss, the French anthropologist who towered over the French intellectual scene in the 1960s and ’70s (and more and more and more).
From The Common Review, Richard Kamber on plotting philosophy’s future. What has to be borne in mind is that the history of philosophy itself has a history. A review of The Uses of the Past From Heidegger to Rorty: Doing Philosophy Historically by Robert Piercey. Formulas built in myth: In the history of ideas, strong images like clocks or markets have helped, and hindered, thinking. An interview with AC Grayling on ideas that matter. Letter from Hong Kong: Stephen Palmquist reports from where money and philosophy mix. Philosophy and real life: Angela Hobbs's new job is to promote public understanding of philosophy — can she do for her subject what Dawkins did for his? A review of Why Socrates Died by Robin Waterfield. From TPM, an interview with Robert Rowland Smith, author of Breakfast With Socrates; and a man on a mission to get the world talking: An interview with Christopher Phillips, author of Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart; a review of Conversations on Truth; and Lewis Wolpert tells Julian Baggini why philosophy is waste of time. Do you ever look inside your cluttered, disgusting fridge and think, what would Immanuel Kant do? The plays of Friedrich Schiller can guide us, or offer a guide to self-guidance, so that we may preserve our freedoms in the face of conflicting moral imperatives. For Kierkegaard, the power of repetition is that you come to know who you are, but never exactly what you will do. End of self-help: A review of Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes and The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. Why do fools (and philosophers) fall in love?
From Monthly Review, a special issue on agriculture and food in crisis. From The Nation, a special issue on food for all: How to grow democracy. From TED, Carolyn Steel on how food shapes our cities. Vines in the sky: Farms of the future may be built right in the middle of metropolises and scrape the sky. A review of books on the fragile food supply, each with theories about the problem's sources and potential solutions. A look at what vegans can learn from the gay rights movement's successes. Our diets revolve around meat, but rumours abound that being vegetarian is better for the environment — could there be some truth to it? The Carnivore’s Dilemma: Singling out meat-eating as harmful to the environment is overly simplistic — encouraging judicious choices for all types of food is a better approach. Different rules to eat by: What our ancestors knew that Michael Pollan doesn't. Here's a list of the 50 best foods in the world and where to eat them. Let us now praise canned food. A review of Fresh: A Perishable History by Susanne Freidberg. Fast-food chains are everywhere from the Louvre to the Great Wall of China. A review of In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman. Babette’s Feast II: It's time to stand with Ronald McDonald and his compatriots against the anti-fast-food assault. A review of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Diet by David A. Kessler. America’s food revolution: Urban revival, globalization, and some world-class chefs have created one of the world’s great culinary scenes. A photo essay on the last days of Gourmet.