A new issue of Scholar & Feminist Online is now out, on valuing domestic work. Work-from-home scams target mothers searching for the flexibility that traditional employers don't provide. Do employers discriminate by gender in female-dominated occupations? What if women ran Wall Street? An article on testosterone and risk. More Nancy Pelosis, Please: Why the world needs more female lawmakers — and why quota systems won't necessarily get us there. From The Economist, an article on the worldwide war on baby girls; killed, aborted or neglected, at least 100m girls have disappeared and the number is rising; distorted sex ratios in India: An article on struggling to cope with a dearth of brides; and a review of Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran. A review of Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women by Marnia Lazreg. In 1970, 46 women filed a landmark gender-discrimination case; their employer was Newsweek — forty years later, their contemporary counterparts question how much has actually changed; who needs feminism when we've already won the war? Oh wait — we haven't; and my name is Jesse but I am not a boy: Inside a family's failed experiment with gender neutrality. With biological urges around wanting babies, what’s a girl to do when her actions appear to be driven by her hormones? Hilary Mantel suggests teen motherhood is not all bad, since society is structured round men's development — it may be better for women to have children earlier. From TLS, a review essay on the new sexism, lost feminist dreams, the false ideals of marriage — and Barbie dolls. The myth of mean girls: Despite sensationalized news stories, statistical evidence suggests that young women are growing less violent not more.


Laurence S. Moss (Babson): Film and the Transmission of Economic Knowledge. Here are ten non-romantic, non-comedic things to cut from a romantic comedy. A double murder spurs some deep questions about nature vs. nurture. Learning from culture pirates: History shows that intellectual property is more complicated than either its creators or copiers care to admit. More on Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove. A review of The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents by Alex Butterworth (and more and more). Satoshi Kanazawa on how general intelligence evolved and why liberals are more intelligent than conservatives. A review of Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand by Duncan McCargo. A review of Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It by Peter Nowak. A review of The Woman Who Shot Mussolini by Frances Stonor Saunders. Coalition of the Shilling: Nonpartisan think tanks are supporting journalism — but who's supporting the think tanks? From City Journal, a review of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink; and getting it right on obesity: Conservatives should promote responsible health choices. What can a new forensic analysis reveal about the richly illustrated and deeply mysterious Voynich Manuscript? In Japan, nothing says springtime like a penis festival: Bring on the giant wooden penis — the vagina shrine, too. From CRB, a review essay: Can democracy survive capitalism? The Man With the Best Memory in America: Meet U.S. memory champ Ronnie White, your average beer-drinking, Hooters-loving Texas dude who can memorize a 167-digit number in five minutes flat.


From CJR, a special report on Magazines and their Web Sites. Here is Michael Kinsley's speech at the 2010 Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame Award (and more). The 2010 Folio 40: Our annual list of magazine industry influencers and innovators. AirTran Airways' Go Magazine named Best Inflight Magazine. From MediaWeek, here is the latest Magazine Hot List 2010; and print is dying, really? Graydon Carter offers evidence to the contrary. Research finds that “high quality” does little to prevent many new magazines from failing within their first five years. Web 2.0 and the heartbreak of algorithmia: It’s time for publishers to defend their business model. The buzz is back: An article on magazine publishers and iPad (and more on the hype). Digital Americana is the first literary magazine developed especially for the interactive tablet experience. Pankaj Mishra on America's little magazines, which "keep alive the ideal of the independent intellectual". There’s an odd feeling of stability reading the stodgy left-of-center political magazine New Republic, but is Leon Wieseltier ready to vamoose? The storied radical magazine Ramparts did transform the nation — for the worse (and more and more). The secret of the National Enquirer's success: The supermarket tabloid is in the running to win a Pulitzer prize (which may be undeserved). An excerpt from Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry Scott (and more). In 2010, we will live on the Moon: Remembering the giddy futurism of Omni magazine. On Jan. 11, 1902, Popular Mechanics set out to make mechanics popular. Magazine fiction from the 1890s-1950 gave us some of our most-loved characters from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot; with magazines in decline, where to now?


Belinda Edmondson (Rutgers): Making the Case for Middlebrow Culture. From The Futurist, a look at some of the “wild cards” that futurists need to be looking at critically right now. Hans Kung on why celibacy should be abolished. What if it was -50C outside, booze and drugs are almost triple what they are in the rest of the country, and a bunch of your friends committed suicide because they got dumped? That’s Nunavut teenhood. Do you speak American? Discrimination against accented workers is on the rise. After decades of putting up awful buildings, Columbia tries to break its streak. Behind the numbers: What weather forecasts really mean. A review of Suicide by Edouard Leve. Nuclear weapons on instant alert?: The US and Russians still have their missiles on a hair trigger, putting the Non-Proliferation Treaty at risk. A review of Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma by Anthony Johnson. A review of Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease by Gary Greenberg. There was a time when illegal abortion was the only option for a woman with an unwanted pregnancy. Postmodernist historians of everyday life in totalitarian societies have underrated the role of ideology at the individual level, preferring a performative reading of subjectivity — yet this fails to explain why the Soviet and Nazi regimes generated absolute commitment. We are what we eat, and in an era of global warming, food is the canary in the mine. Should I be worried about electromagnetic pulses destroying my electronics? Gossip blogging now is a career path in its own right — here are nine young practitioners who are set to become Web stars. Television Personalities: Meet Joel Silberman, the man who makes sure bloggers are ready for their close-up.


Craig M. Burnett (UCSD), Elizabeth Garrett (USC) and Mathew McCubbins (USC): The Dilemma of Direct Democracy. A review of When The People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation by James S Fishkin. From Newsweek, what happens when Congress fails to do its job? Don't be fooled: The House and Senate still need fixing (and two responses). A look at how political-science classic Presidential Power by Richard Neustadt proves its enduring relevance. Here’s a question: Why do so few people in politics seem to know or care a whit about political science? (and a response) The study of politics claims to be objective, but can it and should it shake off our own moral and political priorities? A review of Emergence of the Political Subject by Ranabir Samaddar. From dating website OKCupid, an analysis of the distribution of social and economics values, using the Nolan Chart. In defense of ideology: It is fine to be ideological — it is indispensible to effective analysis of the world. Brendan Boyle reviews Politics and the Imagination by Raymond Geuss (and more). From The Freeman, did Locke really justify limited government? From Cato Unbound, David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan on conceptions of freedom (with a response by Philip Pettit). The limits of freedom: Although the modern world embraces the notion of liberty, without guidance on how to use it we will only bring our own ruin. Thomas Fleming on how the liberal/libertarian view of property as an individual right is at the root of the erosion of both our civil property rights and of the deeper understanding of property. Timothy Ferris on how there is a symbiotic relationship between science and liberalism. Using games to see the future: The CIA says Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's political predictions come true 90 per cent of the time — so how does he do it?

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