Yep, I’m actually back. I’ve lately felt the urge to blog again. I’ll ease into it with the laziest of blogger tricks: the link round-up!
- The Department of Homeland Security is recognizing same-sex relationships as a reason to delay deportation. Unfortunately, it does not mean gay immigrants can apply for visas based on same-sex marriages to citizens.
- When it comes to foreign policy, Obama has doubled down on troubling Bush-era tactics. So is it moral for lefties to vote for Obama?
- Thank goodness someone’s said it! The Myth of Male Decline or why the loss of male privilege isn’t “the end of men”:
Fifty years ago, every male American was entitled to what the sociologist R. W. Connell called a “patriarchal dividend” — a lifelong affirmative-action program for men.
The curtailment of…male entitlements and the expansion of women’s legal and economic rights have transformed American life, but they have hardly produced a matriarchy. Indeed, in many arenas the progress of women has actually stalled over the past 15 years.
- On how physically and mentally taxing it is to be president and how much worse it would be for a female president.
- The New Yorker has an excellent piece on the invention of political consulting
- Should we be advocating for strong ‘traditional’ families? Countries “where the family ties were weakest tended to have the strongest levels of civic and political engagement and generalized social trust”
- Interesting piece by The Guardian on how ordinary women are starting to be treated like celebrities by creepy men with cameras: Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women