News- and Blogwatch

There is so much going on in the world at the moment; I can hardly keep up with it.

Tunisia is having a revolution.

Marine Le Pen is the new leader of France’s far-right party Front National. The daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party’s former leader, is supposed to soften and modernize the party’s image to attract younger and more moderate voters: “What we’re likely to see, as in other countries, is an openness towards women, women’s issues and towards homosexuals.” Strangely enough, this does not comfort me at all.

Arizona Representative Gifford’s condition is improving. The recently re-elected Democrat was shot during a public appearance in Tucson, Arizona. The gunman fired at several other people, killing six.

The New York Times has an article on the emergence of Male Studies (not to be confused with Men’s Studies):

The male studies people […] are what their critics call “essentialists” and believe that male behavior is in large part biologically determined. Men think and act differently from how women think and act because that’s how evolution shaped them. In the most extreme formulations of essentialism, men are basically still Neanderthals: violent, clannish, sexually voracious and in need of female domestication. (McGrath, NYT, 2011)

Thanks, but no thanks.

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