The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence

“Research focusing on specific violent events shows that women almost always employ violence in defense of self and children in response to cues of imminent assault in the past and in retaliation for previous physical abuse. [...] Studies of actual cases lend no support to the facile claim that homicidal husbands and wives “initiate similar acts of … Continue reading The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence

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How to Avoid the Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process

Personal statements Avoid references to your mental health. Such statements could create the impression you may be unable to function as a successful graduate student. Avoid making excessively altruistic statements. Graduate faculty could interpret these statements to mean you believe a strong need to help others is more important to your success in graduate school … Continue reading How to Avoid the Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process

Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times, 1917–2017

Edward S. Herman, best known for developing the propaganda model of media criticism (with Noam Chomsky), died a few weeks ago on November 11, 2017. Below is a section from a piece he wroted titled, “Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times, 1917–2017,” that appeared in the most recent issue … Continue reading Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times, 1917–2017

Emasculated Men Refuse to Do Chores—Except Cooking

“For some men, these are scary times. Men lost jobs in the recession, and women outnumber them on college campuses. (Some are predicting, in fact, that we’re witnessing the end of men.)As I’ve written, one way some men are responding to their slipping place in the social hierarchy is by supporting Donald Trump, whose rhetoric hearkens to a … Continue reading Emasculated Men Refuse to Do Chores—Except Cooking

Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis

“The 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb depicts the initiation of World War III as a great act of overcompensation by a sexually impotent general [General Jack D. Ripper]. [...]     The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculine insecurity by enacting extreme demonstrations … Continue reading Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis

Beyond the Big Names of the Civil Rights Movement

“It was Jo Ann Robinson and E.D. Nixon, not Dr. King, that led the spark that created a successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. This story of grassroots activists, of unnamed women and men who made a critical difference, was duplicated a thousand times across the South. [...] So, the Civil Rights Movement was not simply an … Continue reading Beyond the Big Names of the Civil Rights Movement

Robert K. Merton, “Foreword to a Preface for an Introduction to a Prolegomenon to a Discourse on a Certain Subject

“There can be no doubt, I think, that the subject we are about to consider is one of the profound importance to us all. Indeed, this hardly needs to be said. Surely, the significance of the issues we are to examine here is almost self-evident. And yet, there are indications from time to time that … Continue reading Robert K. Merton, “Foreword to a Preface for an Introduction to a Prolegomenon to a Discourse on a Certain Subject