Corey Rayburn Yung (Kansas): Concealing Campus Sexual Assault: An Empirical Examination of Clery Act Data. Karen Oehme, Nat Stern, and Annelise Mennicke (Florida State): A Deficiency in Addressing Campus Sexual Assault: The Lack of Women Law Enforcement Officers. From Rolling Stone, a rape and the struggle for justice at UVA: Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party — when she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse. Paul Farhi on Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the woman behind Rolling Stone’s explosive U-Va. alleged rape story. The University of Virginia finally confronts its rape problem: Dahlia Lithwick on how the confidential sexual assault investigation system has failed. Judith Shulevitz on where UVA went wrong: Students need to see rape as a felony, not just a campus infraction. Erik Wemple on how Rolling Stone whiffed in reporting on alleged rape. Tara Culp-Ressler on why these rape survivors want the world to know their real names. Jennifer Williams on what Bill Cosby and the University of Virginia can teach us (and more). Sexual assault investigation at Yale sparks national discussion on dangers for both women and men. Feminist writers Wendy McElroy and Jessica Valenti debate the role of rape culture on campus assaults. How much does sexual assault cost college students every year? Alexandra Brodsky investigates. Daniel W. Drezner on manners, customs and the rape culture on college campuses. Why doesn't MIT trust its own students to recognize sexual assault? Batya Ungar-Sargon on the problems with the university's new survey. From TNR, accused college rapists have rights, too: The victims deserve justice — the men deserve due process; and Lee Bollinger and Suzanne Goldberg explain Columbia’s response to campus rape. Jonathan Chait on how liberals get illiberal on campus rape. Radio host Dennis Prager calls campus rape culture “big lie”.
Leti Volpp (UC-Berkeley): Civility and the Undocumented Alien. The case for open borders: Dylan Matthews interviews Bryan Caplan. From the Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress, Stephen Rigby on clothing, magnificence and medieval political theory: Whilst medieval rulers were advised to urge pride and excessive showiness, they were also counselled on the need to display magnificence to their subjects and to other rulers. Matt Rozsa writes in defense of the Ferguson rioters. Each one of us has a relationship with our own ignorance, a dishonest, complicated relationship, and that dishonesty keeps us sane, happy, and willing to get out of bed in the morning. Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor. A deafening liberal silence on Ferguson: Chris Lehmann on how Obama's politics has difficulty addressing procedural abuses and the perversion of the rule of law. Jennifer Tucker on how facial recognition technology came to be: The FBI’s astonishing new identification system is the product of 175 years of innovation — and paranoia. Chris Mooney on the science of why cops shoot young black men — and how to reform our bigoted brains. Marin Cogan on Reihan Salam, Brooklyn’s favorite conservative. Longform overload: New narrative journalism startups, like Latterly Magazine, launch as quickly as others fail in a crowded marketplace. The racist #BlackStormtrooper backlash shows the dark side of geek culture: There has no doubt been bigotry among nerds since before geek culture became “in,” but now that nerds are mainstream, more attention is paid to these behaviors when they bubble up to the surface. Judith Shulevitz on the lethality of loneliness: We now know how it can ravage our body and brain. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, what was the hip butcher? Melanie Rehak on looking at twenty years of American eating, from Big Macs to DIY bacon.
A new issue of Between the Species is out. Nick J. Overton (Manchester) and Yannis Hamilakis (Southampton): A Manifesto for a Social Zooarchaeology. Jonathan Crowe (Queensland): Animal Welfare and the Economy of Kindness. From Between the Species, a special issue on nonhuman animals and moral agency, equality, and the nature and scope of our obligations, including an interview with Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlikca, authors of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, ed. Linda Kalof, here is the entry on Animals in Political Theory by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka. John Berkman (Toronto): From Theological Speciesism to a Theological Ethology: Where Catholic Moral Theology Needs to Go. Oscar Horta (Santiago de Compostela): The Scope of the Argument from Species Overlap. Catia Faria and Eze Paez (Pompeu Fabra): Anthropocentrism and Speciesism: Conceptual and Normative Issues. Charles Wolfe (Ghent): Boundary Crossings: The Blurring of the Human/Animal Divide as Naturalization of the Soul in Early Modern Philosophy. Josephine Livingstone on the ultimately othered Other: Animal Studies, a new academic discipline, explores the identities of our furred and feathered friends. Lori Gruen is a leading feminist philosopher who asks deep questions about the ethics of captivity, ethics, animals and what we’re doing to nature. Adam Weitzenfeld and Melanie Joy on an overview of anthropocentrism, humanism, and speciesism in critical animal theory. Owen Cotton-Barratt on human and animal interventions: the long-term view. You can download Animal Experience, ed. Leon Niemoczynski and Stephanie Theodorou.
The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there’s one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon. G. Owen Schaefer and Julian Savulescu on the ethics of producing in vitro meat. Marc Wilcox (Leeds): Moral Status and the Interests of Non-Sentient Life. Jaime Lowe interviews Peter Singer on the animal rights revolution four decades after he started it. Rhys Southan on the enigma of animal suffering. Do animals cry? Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom — and how we can use science to explore it. How do you figure out if a mouse is “depressed”? Alice Robb investigates. Ascribing value to non-human animals: Lisa Jean Moore reviews Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species. Hamilton Nolan on the approximate dollar value of the lives of your pets. Pets allowed: Why are so many animals now in places where they shouldn’t be? Meet the people who want to turn predators into vegans. As predators big and small push quickly into North American cities, biologists are following — and discovering how much we’ve underestimated them. Despite their reputation for exceptional intelligence, dolphins may not be as brilliant as commonly believed. Chimps outplay humans in brain games: There are ways that chimpanzees are more intelligent than us. Corporations have legal rights — chimpanzees should have them too. Cooperation is what makes us human: Kat McGowan on where we part ways with our ape cousins. Vicki Morwitz (NYU): Insights from the Animal Kingdom. A look at how animals get high.
“The whole world is becoming a kind of zoo”: Elizabeth Kolbert on how humanity is wiping out our fellow creatures. A staggering 400 million birds have vanished from Europe since 1980. EO Wilson warns wildlife face a “biological holocaust”. 90 percent of the world's African's lions are gone: Chris Mooney on how our planet may be on the verge of its sixth mass extinction. How many animals are really going extinct? Ruth Graham on the fierce scientific debate over whether our estimates are right, and whether even discussing it could hurt conservation efforts. Barry Yeoman on why the passenger pigeon went extinct and whether it can, and should, be brought back to life a century after it disappeared. Back from extinction, but not safe: Captive breeding restores a giant Galapagos tortoise. From Environment 360, Stewart Brand on the case for de-extinction: Why we should bring back the woolly mammoth; and Paul R. Ehrlich on the case against de-extinction: It’s a fascinating but dumb idea. The Mammoth Cometh: Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool, unless it ends up being very, very bad. Alejandro E. Camacho (UC-Irvine): Going the Way of the Dodo: De-Extinction, Dualisms, and Reframing Conservation. Francine Madden and Brian McQuinn (Oxford): Conservation’s Blind Spot: The Case for Conﬂict Transformation in Wildlife Conservation. Where the wild things were: Conservationists are reintroducing large animals to areas they once roamed, providing ecologists with the chance to assess whether such “rewilding” efforts can restore lost ecosystems. Let's play God: Gene drives could be a powerful new tool to manage wild ecosystems. Have we reached species overload? Anders Halverson wonders. From lol my thesis, there is no moral reason to preserve endangered species — we do it because it makes us feel good inside.
Barbara Stark (Hofstra): State Responsibility for Gender Stereotyping. Tara Culp-Ressler on the most outrageous ways schools are trying to enforce gender stereotypes; and on how forcing kids to stick to gender roles can actually be harmful to their health. When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person. James Nichols reviews Genderqueer: And Other Gender Identities by Dave Naz. S.E. Smith on the problem with saying Michael Phelps's alleged girlfriend was “born a man”. Claudia Astorino on how the real Michael Phelps “scandal” is the offensive portrayal of intersex people. What is a woman? Michelle Goldberg on the dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism. Can women’s colleges survive the transgender movement? Ruth Padawer on when women become men at Wellesley. Eric Stanley (UCSD): Gender Self-Determination. Media depictions of trans culture seem more prevalent than ever, but off-key representations sensationalize and injure their subjects; it’s time to change that — five transgender people discuss how. In 2010, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman, was imprisoned in Malawi for getting engaged to a man; pardoned and freed, she now lives in exile in South Africa — Mark Gevisser reports on an uneasy triumph for the global LGBT rights movement. Jena McGill (Ottawa): SOGI, So What? Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Discourse at the United Nations. Jared Gee (CSULA): Trans for Queer Politics: Judith Butler and Queer Theory's Double Bind of Trans Experience. Elijah Adiv Edelman (Maryland) and Lal Zimman (Stanford): Boycunts and Bonus Holes: Trans Men’s Bodies, Neoliberalism, and the Sexual Productivity of Genitals. Zack Ford on why trans people are still banned from the military. Is this the best trans character in the history of video games?
Frederick Schauer (Virginia): On the Distinction between Speech and Action. Benjamin R. Knoll (Centre): The “Unhyphenated American” Phenomenon: An Individual-Level Analysis of Causes and Consequences. The dream that never was: Vann R. Newkirk on black millennials and the promise of Obama. Gabriel Arana on why Latinos won’t become white: Assuming Latinos will join the white majority ignores the stark divisions in a racially diverse group. Danny Vinik on the reason Republicans can't pass anything on immigration. Tim Holmes on conspiracy theories, real and imagined. Jeff Colgan on why it’s time to stop fearing OPEC: The cartel has far less power than we give it credit for. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst reviews Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson. Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and David G. Victor on the behavioral economics of international diplomacy: The personal characteristics of diplomats influence what types of international agreements they prefer. Why the Democratic Party acts the way it does: Matt Stoller reviews The New Democrats and the Return to Power by Al From. Lilliana Mason on why people vote Republican but support liberal policies — team spirit trumps all. The science of suffering: Judith Shulevitz on how kids are inheriting their parents' trauma — can science stop it? “AP reports that 99.8 percent of Social Security disability payments were proper”: If you doubt that AP would write a story to make this point, you guessed correctly. You can download The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange by Kojin Karatani. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Kerry Howley reviews Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis; and Heather Havrilesky on how mansplainers came to rule the best-seller list.
The latest issue on Secularism and Nonreligion is out. Taner Edis (Truman State): Atheism and the Rise of Science. Joseph Langston (Colorado): Explaining Atheism: Testing Hunter’s Durkheimian Theory. Domenico Melidoro (LUISS): Principles of Secularism: Is the Clash among Principles Necessary? Brian Leiter (Chicago): Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion? Understanding atheism as a moral system: Lincoln Mullen reviews The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God by Peter Watson. Is atheism a specifically Western phenomenon? We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God — what would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context? (and a response) Sam Harris on an atheist’s guide to spirituality: “I did not have to believe anything irrational about the universe” (and a review of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion). The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers? Allegra Ringo on why the atheist movement needs to disown Richard Dawkins. Jerry A. Coyne on why Richard Dawkins doesn't deserve John Gray's smears. Nick Cohen on the phantom menace of militant atheism: Non-believers never harmed anyone in the west — which is more than you can say for cowardly “intellectuals”. Crispin Sartwell on irrational atheism: Not believing in God isn't always based on reasoned arguments — and that's okay. Joseph Trabbic on God’s responsibility for atheism. Greta Christina on a major threat to religion: Clergy people coming out as atheists. When people go to school more, they go to church less: They're less likely to believe in lucky charms and rabbit's feet, too. What should happen to churches as religion recedes? As church-going diminishes, church buildings are repurposed, many retaining vital functions.
Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Poverty and Critique in the Modern Working Society (“Poverty is not only a failure of distribution of income but that it is a state of humiliation”). The introduction to The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right by Sophia Z. Lee. Peter Cole on the Right’s working-class philosopher: Eric Hoffer was a conservative who only had the time to write because he was represented by a powerful leftist union. Livia Gershon on Tesla Motors and the “Great American Jobs Scam”. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel on how unpredictable schedules inflicted on workers are wrecking people's lives. Whatever happened to overtime? It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents, and Obama could fix it — without Congress. David Leonhardt on the great wage slowdown of the 21st century. Starvation wages: William Finnegan on how fast-food workers are forcing progress on the minimum wage. Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer on the truth about food stamps: They work and help millions. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Education alone is not the answer to income inequality and slow recovery: If everyone in America got a PhD, the job market would not be transformed. Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman on exploding wealth inequality in the United States. Bryce Covert on how everyone in America would be better off if we soaked the rich. The question of redistribution is coming, and we need to be ready when it does. Dylan Matthews on how giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does. Matt Zwolinski on the pragmatic libertarian case for a Basic Income Guarantee. Matt Bruenig on the actual way to beat poverty. Guess who’s losing faith in the American Dream? Everyone.
A new issue of MedieKultur is out. Josh Hendrickson (Mississippi), Thomas L. Hogan (Troy), and William J. Luther (Kenyon): The Political Economy of Bitcoin. Derek Alderman (Tennessee): The Historical Geography of Racialized Landscapes. Desmond S. King (Oxford) and Rogers M. Smith (Penn): ‘‘Without Regard to Race’’: Critical Ideational Development in Modern American Politics. Biological sexual politics: Ivan Crozier reviews The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge by Donna J Drucker and How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Desire by Frederick Toates. Stewart Patrick on Machiavelli, still shocking after 5 centuries: His distinction between the public and private sphere of morality remains jarring. Sarah Mesle interviews Lisa Duggan on fun, fury, and the American Studies Association. The American government is funding human trafficking: Jessica Schulberg on the ugly business of how military contractors find their workers. “Being homeless is better than working for Amazon”: Nichole Gracely has a master’s degree and was one of Amazon’s best order pickers — now, after protesting the company, she’s homeless. Civil rights lawyer Margo Schlanger explains why Obama's immigration order is an even bigger deal than it seems. Julia Ioffe is immigrant in America thanks to executive action, just like many of your ancestors were: What conservatives don't understand about immigration “law”. Despite its perils — just ask Anthony Weiner, Geraldo Rivera, or hacking victims such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — the selfie is here to stay. Why C.E.O.s are growing beards: Stephen Mihm on a dialectical theory of facial hair and capitalism. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Astra Taylor reviews Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman.
Reginald Leamon Robinson (Howard): Hoes, Bitches, and the Search for Enlightened Witnesses: Gangsta Rap Lyrics and the Real Truth of Black Mother-Son Love. Who rules hip-hop’s past, Biggie or Kool Herc? As a cultural juggernaut hits middle age, two parallel visions emerge for what “classic” should mean. Roberto Domingo on an existential history of rap aesthetics and black identity. Steven Netcoh (St. John’s): Droppin’ Knowledge on Race: Hip-Hop, White Adolescents, and Anti-Racism Education. Chris Osterndorf on what the battle between Iggy Azalea and Eminem says about music's culture wars. Belle and Sebastian are statistically the whitest band on the Internet. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget: Deanne Stillman on a few thoughts on Iraq, “Hotel California”, and coming home. Quit defending the Eagles — they’re simply terrible. EJ Dickson writes in defense of Nickelback. Nico Lang on how U2 became the new Nickelback. Joshua Rothman on the Church of U2. Nico Lang on the assassination of Courtney Love. Macon Holt on how Gene Simmons helped kill rock. Alex Park on how war-shattered Angola gave birth to a heavy-metal scene. The sound of history's future: In the 1970s, a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia to classical music as the true guide — Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre. Is philosophy blue? Lewis Gordon on the intersection between philosophy and blues music. Justin Moyer on how all that jazz isn’t all that great. Jakob Schiller on the colorful, all-consuming world of marching bands. A friend to endangered music: Gal Beckerman on Catherine Grant’s quest to sustain the world’s musical genres, from yak hymns to funeral songs. Why do we keep having the same debates about pop songs? Eric Weisbard on formats, the least understood, most essential reason we hear some music and not others.
Colin R. G. Murray (Newcastle): The Problems with Proscription: Tackling Terrorist Organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Ashlie Perry and Binneh Minteh (Rutgers): Home Grown Terrorism in the United States: Causes, Affiliations and Policy Implications. Christopher A. D. Charles (West Indies) and Marie-Helen Maras (John Jay): Strengthening Counterterrorism from the Information of a Successful Terrorist Attack and Failed Missions in the United States. Leti Volpp (UC-Berkeley): The Boston Bombers. Peter J. Spiro (Temple): Expatriating Terrorists. From New America, here is a database to provide as much information as possible about American citizens and permanent residents engaged in violent extremist activity as well as individuals, regardless of their citizenship status, living within the United States who have engaged in violent extremist activity. From The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux on the secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist. Can an American be investigated for terrorism merely for expressing support for it? The government isn’t saying. Is Vice's documentary on ISIS illegal? Andrew F. March on how the courts have broadly defined what it means to support terrorists. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, a small town eight miles southwest of Harrisburg, is not being considered a breeding ground for jihadists, but it has been implicated as a sleeper threat to our nation’s food supply. Move over, jihadists: Sovereign citizens seen as America’s top terrorist threat. Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler (IDC) and Cas Mudde (Georgia): “Ecoterrorism”: Terrorist Threat or Political Ploy? Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Eco-Terrorism? Countering Dominant Narratives of Securitisation: a Critical, Quantitative History of the Earth Liberation Front (1996-2009). Just what is it that makes today’s eco-terrorists so different, so appealing?