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.

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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.

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