Xianjie He and Huifang Yin (SUFE), Yachang Zeng and Huai Zhang (NTU), and Hailong Zhao (SWUFE): Testosterone, Facial Structure, and Achievement Drive. William Buckner on the behavioral ecology of male violence. Tara-Lyn Carter​​ (Melbourne) and Geoff Kushnick (ANU): Male Aggressiveness as Intrasexual Contest Competition in 78 Societies. Male sexuality isn’t brutal by default — it’s dangerous to suggest it is. The medieval roots of bro culture: Our cavalier approach to sexual consent goes back more than 500 years. The miscellaneous bros of bodybuilding.com: Bodybuilding.com’s humongous Misc. forum embodies the worst of American men.

Helana Darwin (Stony Brook): Omnivorous Masculinity: Gender Capital and Cultural Legitimacy in Craft Beer Culture. How did a once obscure academic become the Internet’s most revered — and reviled — intellectual? Kelefa Sanneh on Jordan Peterson’s gospel of masculinity. Hollywood’s most toxic bromance: Gary Baum on the implosion of Charlie Sheen and Lenny Dykstra. The great stink: It’s time for men to stop worrying about who they are, and start thinking about what they do. I finally learned to accept my own vulnerability as a man — it helped. James Bond is a wimp: To the misogynist, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a woman with power, her own voice and her own life.

C.D. Christensen (UC-Berkeley): The “True Man” and His Gun: On the Masculine Mystique of Second Amendment Jurisprudence. We need to talk about how toxic masculinity is killing America. What do America’s mass shootings have in common? Guns, yes — but also, boys. Boys do cry (and shoot): Jay Baron Nicorvo on how male fragility is a dangerous taboo. The trouble with boys: Peggy Orenstein on masculinity in the age of Trump.

Michelle Smirnova (Missouri): Small Hands, Nasty Women, and Bad Hombres: Hegemonic Masculinity and Humor in the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump said he would charge a gunman — here’s what he’s actually done in the face of danger. Donald Trump, Manly He-Man: We need a new model of masculinity — it won’t come from this president.

Jacek Tittenbrun (Adam Mickiewicz): Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Multiple Capitals: A Critique. In 2018, black women want more than thanks — they want political power. Living in the present: Karl Schafer reviews Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya (and more). What Putin’s scary-sounding nuclear weapons announcement really means. Jeet Heer on the myth of the Times’ intellectual diversity. Trump has announced massive aluminum and steel tariffs — here are 5 things you need to know (and more and more). Scott McLemee reviews Revenge: A Short Enquiry into Retribution by Stephen Fineman. Losing the Twentieth Century: On the left and the right, commentators are playing fast and loose with references to totalitarianism.

Trump shows why there’s no point in talking to him about policy. Trump’s real talk on gun control is sparking a far-right civil war. Trump turns on gamers: It’s Trump versus his extremely online supporters in a bout of mortal combat. Trump loyalists flee the White House as anti-Trump wave builds. Paul Waldman on Trump’s transubstantiation of falsehood into truth. Why young people should serve honorably in the Trump administration. New survey shows young people are staying liberal and conservatives are dying off. Trump’s corruption deserves to be a central issue in the 2018 midterms. The Trump administration is consumed by malevolence and incompetence.

Aleppo after the fall: As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges. Syria needs $1 trillion dollars to rebuild from the ashes (and China is waiting). The Shi’a revival: In Syria, the community has been undergoing considerable political and institutional change. What happens when a culture disperses? Eliza Griswold on mapping the journeys of Syria’s artists. “Siege, starve, and surrender”: Alex Ward goes inside the next phase of the Syrian civil war. North Korea supplying Syria’s chemical-weapons program is horrific, yet unsurprising. Michael Sharnoff on why Russia will prevail in Syria.

From Boston Review, a forum on To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice. From Black Perspectives, Kasturi “Rumu” DasGupta on a discourse on race and inequality in the United States; race, injustice, and philosophy: Neil Roberts interviews Tommie Shelby, author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (and more and more); black aesthetics and the philosophy of race: Neil Roberts interviews Paul C. Taylor, author of Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics; and Keisha N. Blain interviews Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry, authors of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Donald Earl Collins: “Black history is U.S. history — but some of my students don’t want to hear it”. Democrats and Republicans are increasingly divided on the value of teaching black history. The introduction to Civil Rights: An American History by Christopher W. Schmidt. Brandon Tensley interviews Jeanne Theoharis, author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (and more). Trump’s Justice Department isn’t enforcing civil rights.

Luke Kallberg (SLU): Does Evolution Select for Rationality? The many faces of Ben Shapiro: The conservative firebrand has built a massive young audience by bashing liberals and standing up to Trump — whose side is he really on? It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting: Rafia Zakaria writes in praise of negative reviews. Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think. Scientists are freaking out about “crazy” temperatures in the Arctic. Is democracy to blame for the loneliness epidemic? David Palumbo-Liu: “I’m a Stanford professor accused of being a terrorist. McCarthyism is back”. How Don McGahn has become the worst White House counsel ever. Hope, you had the time of your life.

America’s gun laws are already weak — and a growing loophole is making them even weaker. If white privilege were a sentient being, it would make sweet love to this article in The Atlantic on gun culture. How gun ownership became a powerful political identity — or, how the NRA won. Charlotte Hill on the real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections. I’m a teacher who went through firearm training — and it was an absurd disaster. Trump and the NRA are trying to distract you. Nivedita Majumdar on the socialist case for gun control. For the first time since Columbine, most Americans believe mass shootings can be stopped.

Mass shootings have made gun stocks toxic assets on Wall Street. Arming teachers would put black and Latino kids in danger. “Taking them down fuels it more”: Why conspiracy theories are unstoppable. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the NRA but were too embarrassed to ask. We aren’t having an evidence-based debate about guns. “Teenagers don’t really take no for an answer”: Young activists see a turning point on guns. There’s no good argument against letting 16-year-olds vote — but there are plenty of good arguments for it. Why the GOP might finally pay a price for its pro-NRA extremism.

David M. Driesen (Syracuse): President Trump’s Executive Orders and the Rule of Law. David J. Reiss (Brooklyn): The Trump Administration and Residential Real Estate Finance. Stephen Rushin (Loyola) and Griffin Sims Edwards (Alabama): The Effect of President Trump’s Election on Hate Crimes. Derek Robertson on how the “Overton window”, an obscure conservative theory, became the Trump era’s go-to nerd phrase. Koch document reveals laundry list of policy victories extracted from the Trump administration. Thread: “Trying think of all the things Republicans only care about when the president is a Democrat”.

How Trump wins reelection: Last year, it seemed certain that he would be a one-term president, if he even lasted that long — but he has a plausible path to victory in 2020. Trump’s fantasies meet the harsh reality of his presidency. Washington society and Team Trump: A year in, the fear and loathing is mutual. What the hell is going on at Trump’s Panama property? Robert Mueller has Trump and family in his crosshairs. Josh Marshall on Manafort, the cinematic arc of history and the wildest coincidence. The force of decency awakens: Something big is happening, and bad men in power should be very, very afraid.

From the New Yorker, making China great again: As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces; and Jared Kushner is China’s Trump card: Adam Entous and Evan Osnos on how the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest. With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen. Trump is embracing a new generation of strongmen. Xi whiz: Trump is a beacon of hope to world’s emerging dictators. China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency. Why China banned a ton of words: It’s all about President Xi Jinping’s power grab.

M. Babajide Wintoki and Yaoyi Xi (Kansas): Political Partisan Bias in Mutual Fund Portfolios. Why do people find Jordan Peterson so convincing? Slavoj Zizek on says it’s because the Left doesn’t have its own house in order (and more: “A Reply to my Critics Concerning an Engagement with Jordan Peterson”). Anti-Semitic attacks rose faster last year than any time in nearly 40 years, ADL says. Hua Hsu on the glory days of The Face, and the magic of old magazines. Quinn Norton: “The New York Times fired my doppelganger”. Julia Llinas Goodman on what Supreme Court’s DACA ruling means for Dreamers. At least four countries discussed how to “manipulate” Kushner. Ivanka Trump wants power with no accountability (and more and more).

Trump’s tax cuts in hand, companies spend more on themselves than on wages. Surprise: Corporate tax cuts are making the rich even richer. Thread: “To be blunt: our slide toward utter dysfunction continues to be aided and abetted by journalists compulsion to practice ‘Both-Sidesism’ and false equivalence. It is pernicious and dangerous”.