Category: News

Dispatches from Rio: Rape in Rio de Janeiro

This is the first of several pieces we will run about the city of Rio de Janeiro in the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics. On May 21, 2016 a sixteen-year-old girl was gang-raped in a favela in the Eastern zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During a party in the favela, a group of… Read more →

Blood and Tears in Orlando

On June 12 of this year, a lone gunman entered Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, and carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. The attack left 49 dead and 53 others badly injured. The wounded needed blood, and lots of it, which put a severe strain on an already… Read more →

More Than Blood

We awoke to news of the carnage in Orlando. I had slept in — the first long, good night’s sleep after a hell of a week: a funeral, my 45th birthday, graduation, another funeral, and a graduation party. I woke up refreshed, but not for long. Several friends had already texted or sent me Facebook… Read more →

My Son and Foucault: A Modern Tale of Sexual Surveillance

The following is a personal narrative that may be difficult for some readers. We hope that it will produce a nuanced discussion about sexual abuse and how the state and the field of psychology often fail children in fundamental ways. Because it involves children, we are publishing it anonymously at the request of the author…. Read more →

What We Need To Know About Bathrooms

Bathrooms. We are actually having a national political conversation about bathrooms, following passage of HB2 in North Carolina prohibiting local governments from passing LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections with special language about bathrooms. Mississippi is in the process of enacting even more repugnant legislation. I never thought I’d write a post about bathrooms, but that law in… Read more →

(Ar)Rest Rooms

The students in my senior thesis course at Macaulay Honors College, part of the City University of New York, were scheduled to present their original research at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, in Asheville, North Carolina in early April. Those plans have been cancelled because the governor of New York has banned state-funded travel… Read more →

UCLA Allows Sexual Harassment

A sexual harassment case is currently rocking UCLA. Professor Gabriel Piterberg, a professor of Middle Eastern history, has been accused of harassing two female graduate students repeatedly beginning in 2008, with behavior that to me appears to be sexual assault. In 2013, the women went to Pamela Thomason, the Title IX authority at UCLA, who… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Suffragist Valentines. Breakfast with John Adams. Parliament is ditching calfskin. Why we still love antique Valentines.  The great New England vampire panic. Race, Reconstruction, and reparations. Sunken ship reappears off California coast. The ugly history of lead poisoning in America. Did Barbie begin as… Read more →

Bill Maher, Charlie Sheen, and Modern Day Snake Oil

Bill Maher has done the impossible: he’s fallen farther in my esteem. There was a time (high school) when I could tolerate — and even enjoy — Real Time with Bill Maher. I’m not sure if he became more chauvinistic or I became a more critical viewer, but that time has long since passed; his… Read more →

Mosquitos and Mothers: The Zika Virus and Real Talk on Birth Control

Mosquitos carrying the Zika virus in Latin America are wreaking havoc in people’s lives into the next generation. It’s only a matter of time before Zika is found in more places in the United States, as the first case of infant brain damage linked to the virus has already occurred in Hawaii. The baby’s mother… Read more →