From Perspectives on Politics, Kristin A. Gossa (Duke) and Michael T. Heaneya (Michigan): Organizing Women as Women: Hybridity and Grassroots Collective Action in the 21st Century. A review of The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment by Carrie N. Baker. Does Germaine Greer's Female Ennuch still have balls, can it deliver any important life lessons today? How the "new feminism" went wrong: Germaine Greer's free-thinking female eunuch has been replaced by the desperately self-inventing "Madonna", who looks back in shame at the moment in the 1990s when her generation turned its back on feminism. Girls gone anti-feminist: Is ’70s feminism an impediment to female happiness and fulfillment? Feminism hasn’t failed — in the workplace and the family, it’s only just getting started. A decade ago, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards published their breakthrough work Manifesta and became energetic leaders of feminism's third wave; now, they're helping a younger generation of women make its way. The state of feminism: A review of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter and The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women & Men Today by Kat Banyard. A review of Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work is Done by Susan J. Douglas. Jonah Goldberg on where feminists get it right: Women civilize men — ’nuff said. From Prospect, a look at why feminism favours men (and a response). A review of Glamour: Women, History, Feminism by Carol Dyhouse. A review of One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power. An interview with Stephanie Schriock, the new president of Emily’s List. Good news, bad news: What makes for the most gender-egalitarian country in the world? An interview with Marisa Meltzer, author of Girl Power.


From the bloody civil wars in Africa to the rag-tag insurgiences in Southeast Asia, 33 conflicts are raging around the world today, and it’s often innocent civilians who suffer the most. Bottom-up campaigns to educate seafood lovers and sellers about what species are in trouble haven’t turned the tide yet, but there’s still hope they’ll help. A panel on Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to Present by Adam Roberts. Michelle Kerns on book reviewing as a blood sport. Records from two nearly 100-year-old shipwrecks, the Titanic and the Lusitania, have given researchers new insight into human selfishness and altruism. Not a Tourist: Tom Swick on the evolving role of the travel writer in the age of mass tourism and YouTube. We've all heard of "the greatest generation", but what about the contributions made by Americans born during World War II? Lewis Lapham on the Great White Whale in San Francisco Bay, Or: How the “lively arts” became “the media”. Neera Tanden on why politicians don’t always know what’s good for them. Goo Goo Gaga: It's amazing that a music video like "Telephone" can still have such an impact. The Tenure Tracts: Academics Bradford DeLong, John Holbo and Cosma Shalizi try to sift truth from subterfuge in the blogosphere. Loneliness is a cool iPod: Happiness is a warm album cover. The Clay Mathematics Institute announces that Grigoriy Perelman has won the Millennium Prize for his proof of the century old Poincare Conjecture (and more). A two-week punditry free zone: Today’s ramped-up, around-the-clock political journalists could use a break to clear their heads. Smile ’til it hurts: A "Behind the Music"-like look at the perpetually perky, ideologically-motivated singing phenomenon Up With People.


During the 17th century, Britain witnessed the birth of a consumer society, but, as the number of possessions grew, so did the concept of "taste", a subtle and elusive yardstick by which people advertised their social position and sensibilities — the pursuit of taste encouraged, as it still does, competition and conformity. From food supplements to feng shui kits, which "virtuous" products we buy are really wasteful and useless? According to an emerging line of thinking, there are great benefits in meeting the customer’s needs in creative ways that don’t necessarily entail ownership — why own anything? Sacred Enterprise: Capitalism is not only about money; it's about morality. Why social transformation is not a job for the market: Michael Edwards introduces Small Change: Why Business Won't Change the World. A review of Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) by William Poundstone (and more). A review of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel (and more and more and more). Individuals who grow up during recessions tend to form life-long beliefs, including that success in life depends more on luck than on effort. Mad Men in the He-Cession: An article on masculinity, macaroni, and mayhem in America's financial panics. The case for economic rights: FDR said it and it holds 66 years later — there are benefits and opportunities every American should expect to enjoy. What’s better about being more equal? For how much longer can the wealthy and wretched of the earth coexist? The choices are bleak — either Care Now or Apocalypse Now. A review of Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson. A review of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society by Katharine Hibbert.


From Global Media Journal, Victoria Ann Newsom (CSU-LA) and Wenshu Lee (LMU): On Nourishing Peace: The Performativity of Activism through the Nobel Peace Prize; Nicholas Zoffel (Manhattanville) and Sarah McGaffey (SJSU): Contributions to Peace Through Professional Wrestling: Examining the Peacekeeper Performances by the Gender Twisted Women of Lucha Libre Femenil; and Priya Kapoor (PSU): Of Moral Positions and Nuclear War: Novelist Arundhati Roy as Peace Activist. Where the consumer is king: Greg Beato writes in praise of mail-order catalogs. From the University of Chicago Press, you can get Ted Cohen's Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matter as a free e-book. From The Nation, without accountability and adequate support for the victims of sexual violence during the Bosnian war, ethnic fault lines could deepen. Say goodbye to one good job —  and, if you’re lucky, hello to many small ones. What can writers learn from Gawker Media? Gaby Darbyshire explains. A top journalist caught on tape with a pile of cocaine and a party girl named Moomoo, an opposition activist filmed handing over a bribe — Michael Idov on the smear campaign that has Moscow abuzz. Star Wars fans and the sins of George Lucas: The fraught relationship between the filmmaker and the public. From The Weekly Standard, Virginia Postrel reviews Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle and Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of Form by Judith Brown. The Great Catholic Cover-Up: Christopher Hitchens on how the pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it, and why the Catholic priests who abused children and the men who covered it up must be prosecuted. How I found God and peace with my atheist brother: Peter Hitchens traces his journey back to Christianity.


From In These Times, an article on the troubling history of Tea Party leader Dick Armey (and more). American Tea Party Top 40: Tim Murphy on the smash hits of conservative alienation. A look at how that whole "wingnut" movement will make going to the movies look a lot more like going to a health care protest. Whatever their opinions of the Tea Party movement, scholars say a fight over founding principles can be a good thing. How billionaires Charles and David Koch's money took over Washington — and created the mobs who rant against reform. Jay Newton-Small on 5 reasons Republicans should let go of health care. The health care bill is the government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since it began rising in the 1970s. John Richardson on the next questions we should be asking about health care. While some of the more outlandish rumors about health care reform may dissipate, it is likely that misperceptions will linger for years. What will health care look like in 2020? Pelosi's Moment: The House speaker hasn't been a star, but after passing health care reform, she's earned a spot in history. Health-care reform is the signal liberal achievement of Obama’s presidency — Michael Kazin on why it might also be the last. Douglas Brinkley reviews The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick. Damon Linker on liberalism and the American exception. Two cheers for American exceptionalism: President Obama rejects American exceptionalism in a manner never before seen in an American commander in chief. The Rediscovery of America: Matthew Spalding on the best ground from which to repulse the whole progressive project. Bruce Bartlett on David Frum and the closing of the conservative mind. Reappraising the Right: George Nash on the past and future of American conservatism.

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