From The New Atlantis, Nicholas Eberstadt on the global war against baby girls. Nadia Diamond-Smith and Malcolm Potts on how a woman cannot die from a pregnancy she does not have. Five surprisingly good places to be a woman: We're always hearing about how swell it is in Sweden — but how about Lesotho and Latvia? From Chronicles of Love and Resentment, Eric Gans on originary feminism. From The Wall Street Journal, has the sexual revolution been good for women? Ann Patchett says yes, and Mary Eberstadt says no — but how do you explain a country that makes an unabashed Catholic social conservative a leading presidential candidate while devouring a reality show about the smuttiest bumping and grinding ever to hit prime time? Kay Hymowitz wonders, while Hanna Rosin writes about sexual freedom and women's success. From Christianity Today, why the hook-up culture is sexist: A review of Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women by Joe McIlhaney and Freda Bush. It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began — so why aren’t more women in positions of power?

Max Haiven and Scott Stoneman (McMaster): Wal-Mart: The Panopticon of Time. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on the mind. Nepal's fierce Gurkha soldiers find themselves under siege. From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of The Art of the Body: Antiquity and Its Legacy; and a review of Roman Toilets: Their Archaeology and Cultural History. Culture and creature: Zachary Piso on a pragmatic defense of interspecies cosmopolitanism. Debt-ceiling fiasco: House Republicans just reneged on the debt-ceiling deal, making a default in 2013 almost inevitable. Mitt Romney gave the commencement address at Liberty University, best known as the pet project of televangelist Jerry Falwell; here are highlights of its all-encompassing code of conduct (and more on Falwell). From Reason, Shikha Dalmia on 5 reasons why conservatives should root for a Romney defeat; and Mike Riggs and Garrett Quinn on a new dawn for the Libertarian Party (and more on Gary Johnson). From Cracked, a look at 6 fictional places you didn't know actually existed; and the 7 creepiest places on Earth.

A new issue of the US Army's Soldiers is out. A new issue of the U.S. Navy's Proceedings is out. From Air Force magazine, here are the latest Air Force facts and figures from the USAF Almanac. Crosby Hipes (Maryland): The Stigma of Mental Health Treatment in the Military: An Experimental Approach. A review of Citizen Soldier: An Overview of the US Military Reserve Forces by Blaine A. White. Obama’s Secret Army: At a time when many Americans think their government is inept, the "Special Operators" get the job done. When they die, these secret warriors of a secret American war want to buried in veterans cemeteries alongside their American comrades. Suppose they gave a war and only contractors remained: Time for the military to get serious about this issue. Revolutionary reading lists: Zygmunt F. Dembek and Dean Cheng on an attempt to compile the readings that provide insight into the philosophies and tactics of our enemies, past, present, and perhaps future. Descent into deepest ignominy: An article on James J. Carafano and the Heritage Foundation, then and now.