How Roe V. Wade Changed The Lives Of American Women

How Roe V. Wade Changed The Lives Of American Women
The U.S. Supreme Court granted women an essential degree of reproductive freedom on on Jan. 22, 1973, by supporting the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Max Weber’s famous text The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) is surely one of the most misunderstood of all the canonical works regularly taught, mangled and revered in universities across the globe.

The Slippery Slope Of Dehumanizing Language

The Slippery Slope Of Dehumanizing Language
Comparing people to animals seems to increasingly be a part of our political discourse. In a range of studies, psychologists have been able to show how dehumanizing messages can influence how we think about and treat people.

How Sexism Makes Women Sick

How Sexism Makes Women Sick
Recent social movements such as the Women’s March, #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BalanceTonPorc (#OutYourPig), and #SayHerName draw attention to the broad spectrum gender-related violence that is pervasive in the United States and around the world.

Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies

Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, members of his administration have made many statements best described as misleading.

Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth

Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth
Clearly, we do not live in a “one for all and all for one” world. Yes, there are some hopeful indicators that pockets of this thinking exist here and there, and it is most encouraging. But, there is much more evidence that “every man for himself” behavior rules the day still on planet Earth, and this could be our undoing as a species if it continues to dominate the behavior of many humans...

Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?

Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?
Jane Goodall refers to Ervin Laszlo’s observation that most people are evolved enough to know that they need to change, but not evolved enough to know what change they need. Thus, the hardest problem of all might be, as Laszlo states, that many people, including even scientists, do not see what they do not believe.

Women’s Writing Has Long Been A Thorn In The Side Of The Male Literary Establishment

Women’s Writing Has Long Been A Thorn In The Side Of The Male Literary Establishment
Women’s writing has long been a thorn in the side of the male literary establishment. From fears in the late 18th century that reading novels – particularly written by women – would be emotionally and physically dangerous for women, to the Brontë sisters publishing initially under male pseudonyms, to...

Does America Have A Caste System?

Does America Have A Caste System?
In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans’ new tax plan is a weapon of “class warfare,” or accusations that the recent U.S. government shutdown was racist.

Re-criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s Reefer Madness

Re-criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s Reefer Madness
In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, “Reefer Madness,” suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy.

Automation, Robots And The End Of Work Myth

Automation, Robots And The End Of Work Myth
Can you imagine traveling to work in a robotic “Jonnycab” like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall?

How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop Ethically

How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop EthicallyImagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labor and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing.

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The WorldIs water male or female – and does it really matter? English does not allocate gender to words. Although some things, ships and countries for example, often have feminine associations, there are no grammatical rules to make something either male or female.

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic Masculinity

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic MasculinityMasculinity is often, these days, described as “toxic”. In May, Hillary Clinton spoke at a gala where “toxic masculinity” cocktails were reported to have been served. Toxic masculinity even has its own Wikipedia entry.

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist Tactic

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist TacticThe word radicalisation has been hijacked by the war on terror and become interchangeable with extremism. But radicalisation is happening in our towns and cities every day as marginalised teenagers and children – left isolated from opportunity – join street gangs.

Does Pornography Foster Harassment And Abuse?

Does Pornography Foster Harassment And Abuse?Does pornography foster harassment and abuse? That was the question posed by a recent New York Times editorial, in the wake of allegations and debate about endemic harassment, objectification, and abuse of women.

The Trump Effect In Canada: A 600 Per Cent Increase In Online Hate Speech

The Trump Effect In Canada: A 600 Per Cent Increase In Online Hate SpeechUnder Hitler, Germany experienced the consequences of a nation caving in to propaganda and hate speech. This may explain its government’s urgency to enact a new law, known as the “Facebook Act,” in response to the recent alarming rise of hate speech online.

Powerful Men Have Tried To Silence Abused Women Since Medieval Times

Powerful Men Have Tried To Silence Abused Women Since Medieval TimesIn the wake of the numerous accusations of sexual predation, the endemic issue of the harassment and abuse of women is finally causing a stir. It may seem like a new matter to some, but the coming forward of countless women has merely raised age-old questions about women’s voices.

The US Is Racked With Impossible Divisions Over Rights And Freedoms

The US Is Racked With Impossible Divisions Over Rights And FreedomsIn the immediate aftermath of the October 2 Las Vegas massacre – the US’s 273rd mass shooting in 2017 alone – it seems neither President Donald Trump nor his Republican colleagues will entertain a review of current gun legislation in America.

6 Things To Know About Mass Shootings In America

6 Things To Know About Mass Shootings In AmericaAs a criminologist, I have reviewed recent research in hopes of debunking some of the common misconceptions I hear creeping into discussions that spring up whenever a mass shooting occurs.

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama Years

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama YearsIn the absence of any clear ideology associated with Donald Trump’s US presidency, it does seem he has at least one obvious priority that transcends the hype and spin: he is determined to undo his predecessor’s legacy.

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do Good

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do GoodThe way I see it, there are two paths we can choose to take. One leads to further conflict, and the other takes us toward greater compassion and peace. I believe that on a whole, we're becom­ing tired of negativity, and we're consciously look­ing to find ways to effect positive change...

What Being Stuck Between Two Cultures Can Do To A Person's Psyche

What Being Stuck Between Two Cultures Can Do To A Person's PsycheWhat is the recipe for long-term happiness? One crucial ingredient cited by many people is closeness in their social relationships. Very happy people have strong and fulfilling relationships.

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Why People Believe In Conspiracy TheoriesI’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump.

The Homegrown Terror Threat On The Right

The Homegrown Terror Threat On The RightTerrorism is a form of psychological warfare. Most terrorist groups promote their agenda through violence that shapes perceptions of political and social issues.

Why We Hanker For The Old Ways And The Good Old Days

Why We Hanker For The Old Ways And The Good Old DaysThe children come home from school to be greeted by their mother, who is wearing an apron. They then go off to play with their neighbourhood friends, from families very like their own.

The Healing Power Of Hip Hop and Rap

The Healing Power Of Hip HopLast year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it for a fatal backstage shooting at a concert by the rapper T.I. Ignoring wider issues of gun control, Bratton pointed at “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists” that “basically celebrates the violence”.

How Empathy Can Make Or Break A Troll

How Empathy Can Make Or Break A TrollSinger-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced he had quit Twitter because he was sick of internet trolls.

Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?

Why Do Conservatives Want The Government To Defund The Arts?Recent reports indicate that Trump administration officials have circulated plans to defund the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), putting this agency on the chopping block – again.

How The 1950s Racism Helped Make Pat Boone A Rock Star

How The 1950s Racism Helped Make Pat Boone A Rock Star
If music historians, not critics, chose which acts to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the selections would likely differ, says Richard Aquila. They might even include Pat Boone.

The Fake News That Sealed The Fate Of Antony And Cleopatra

The Fake News That Sealed The Fate Of Antony And CleopatraThe papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political divide in the US has been filling the world with lies in order to discredit the other.

Does Nonpartisan Journalism Even Have A Future?

Does Nonpartisan Journalism Even Have A Future?The nonpartisan model of journalism is built around the norm of covering politics as though both parties are equally guilty of all offenses.

Was 2016 Just 1938 All Over Again?

Was 2016 Just 1938 All Over Again?On December 31 1937, Cambridge classicist and man of letters F L Lucas embarked on an experiment. He would keep a diary for exactly one calendar year.

3 Radical Political Experiments For This New Age Of Extremes

3 Radical Political Experiments For This New Age Of ExtremesHistorian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the 20th century an “age of extremes”, one characterised by polarising ideological battles fought in the name of nationalism.

Why Lord Of The Flies Is The Perfect Christmas Gift For 2016

Why Lord Of The Flies Is The Perfect Christmas Gift For 2016It’s the story of a society in which democracy descends into tribalism and tyranny. One of a civilisation built by those committed to the rule of law who turn on each other, scapegoating the marginalised and powerless.

Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

Trump’s Trickle-Down PopulismLast Thursday President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis.

The Seeds of the Emergent Right-Wing Populist Movement

The Seeds of the Emergent Right-Wing Populist MovementIn recent months, far-right activists – which some have labeled the “alt-right” – have gone from being an obscure, largely online subculture to a player at the very center of American politics.

Facebook's Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake News

Facebook's Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake NewsIn the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, many questions have been raised about Facebook’s role in the promotion of inaccurate and highly partisan information during the presidential race and whether this fake news influenced the election’s outcome.

Without Empathy For Trump Voters, Activists Can’t Succeed

Without Empathy For Trump Voters, Movements Can’t SucceedThis was a highly emotional election, and we need time to feel our feelings and sort out what it means for us and for the country. Donald Trump's game is to manipulate emotions and activists can be as vulnerable as anyone else...

Do Conservatives Value Moral Purity More Than Liberals?

Do Conservatives Value Moral Purity More Than Liberals?In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the overwhelming response among progressives was “how in the world did this happen?” Those of us who study the rise of political and moral polarization in the United States, however, were less surprised.

A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest

A Dying Mule Always Kicks the HardestThe reactionary wave that swept across America with the election of Donald Trump is not an anomaly in our history. It is an all-too-familiar pattern in the long struggle for American reconstruction.

In Trump, Extremism Found Its Champion And Maybe Its Demise

kkk 11 23Political correctness was one of Donald Trump’s earliest targets in his presidential campaign. From the onset, his massive crowds cheered whenever he would defiantly declare, “I’m so tired of this politically correct crap.”

The Rise Of White Identity In US Politics

The Rise Of White Identity In US PoliticsMany political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking.

Why Science Issues Seem To Divide Us Along Party Lines

Do these stem cells strike you as more liberal or conservative? Penn State, CC BY-NC-NDMuch has been made about the predictable partisan split between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on issues of science and public policy. But what about their supporters? Can Americans really be that far apart in terms of science?

Red Social Values vs. Blue: Can We Know What Works?

Red Social Values vs. Blue: Can We Know What Works?Even the most secluded person cannot fail to have noticed that the United States is riven by two competing worldviews: one politically and culturally conservative and religiously bound, the other socially progressive and largely “spiritual but not religious.”

Why Meritocracy Doesn't Make Society Fairer

Why Meritocracy Doesn't Make Society Fairer

At the core of Theresa May’s reasons for lifting the ban on new grammar schools in September was, the prime minister argued, her desire for “Britain to be the world’s great meritocracy”.

Academics Must Speak Out To Remain Relevant

Academics Must Speak Out To Remain RelevantA January 2015 Pew Research Center study found an alarming chasm between the views of scientists and the views of the public.

How Dostoevsky Predicted Trump's America

How Dostoevsky Predicted Trump's AmericaAs a professor of Russian literature, I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.

Harvard Lawless School and You

Harvard Lawless School and YouHarvard Law School professors love to use hypotheticals in their classes. So let’s try one that they have not subjected their students to in its 200 years of storied history. What if the Law School split itself into two parts

How The Word Hysteria Has Been Used To Control Women

How The Word Hysteria Has Been Used To Control WomenIs there a difference between calling a woman or a man “hysterical”? The word’s origin as the term for a psychological disorder grounded in female physiology suggests the answer is yes.

Donald Trump’s Dark and Scary Night

The GOP presidential nominee's acceptance speech was a litany of fear and resentment, a dog whistle to disaffected white Americans.

The Choice Of Inclusive Or Exclusive Patriotism

The Choice Of Inclusive Or Exclusive PatriotismWe hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out.

Trump Is A Symptom That America Feels It's In Decline, Again

Trump Is A Symptom That America Feels It's In Decline, AgainA visceral sense of domestic decline is coursing through contemporary American culture and politics – and it’s become one of the central themes of this year’s presidential campaign. Donald Trump in particular has used it to stoke the inchoate anger of his supporters, telling them: “Our country is falling apart. Our infrastructure is falling apart … Our airports are, like, third world.”

How Mixed Asian Couples View Culture And Race

How Mixed Asian Couples View Culture And RaceThe four key elements of ethnic culture respondents mentioned were language, food, holiday celebrations, and values. As Kelly H. Chong investigated how the couples sought to preserve ethnic traditions, food and holiday celebrations were the only cultural elements passed down among generations in a concrete way.

Here Is One Trump Comparison You Haven't Heard Yet

Here Is One Trump Comparison You Haven't Heard YetThe race for the Republican presidential nomination has provided pundits with ample opportunity to claim that we have reached an all-time low in terms of fractiousness, divisiveness and vulgarity.

Why We Should Care About The Lasting Effect Of Racist Rhetoric

Why We Should Care About The Lasting Effect Of Racist RhetoricLuis is an upper-middle-class American-born Latino. When I interviewed him in 2008, he told me he had spent long hours, and a substantial amount of money, restoring a classic Chevy truck.

Shifting Our Values 
and Beliefs: Putting Old Ideas on Trial

Shifting Our Values 
and Beliefs: Putting Old Ideas on TrialThe new thinking we need will not emerge all at once, in one fell swoop. It will come about—and is already coming about—as contemporary thinking is increasingly questioned. There is a step before we can embrace new ideas: it is to put the old ideas on trial.

Thousands Of Drug War Prisoners Going Home Early Thanks To Activism

Thousands Of Drug War Prisoners Are Going Home Early Thanks To Years Of OrganizingThe Justice Department announced that nearly 6,000 people in federal prisons will be going home early. The move, U.S. officials told the Washington Post, is an effort to both reduce overcrowding and to provide relief to people who received harsh drug war sentences over the past three decades.

Why Has America Done So Little To Stop Gun Violence?

Why Has America Done So Little To Stop Gun Violence?The murder of two journalists in Virginia, live on TV, by a disgruntled co-worker who later shot himself, has once again sparked debates about gun legislation in the US, with the White House calling for action by Congress.

What The Debate Over The Dress Reveals About Controlling Public Opinion

What The Debate Over The Dress Reveals About Controlling Public OpinionFor a few days in late February, social media users were transfixed by a debate over the color of a dress posted on Tumblr: Was the dress blue and black, or white and gold? More than a million tweets, associated with the hashtags #thedress, #whiteandgold and #blackandblue, turned the debate into a social media phenomenon.

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