Join Me in Welcoming the New IJFAB Blog Editor, Alison Reiheld!

I am pleased to announce that Alison Reiheld is assuming Editorship of the IJFAB Blog. While I hope to still make the occasional contribution, I am stepping down as part of the journal’s transition to its new institutional home at … Continue reading

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Zika, the film
Patrick J. Welsh

  Courtesy Debora Diniz (University of Brasilia). … Continue reading

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“New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy”

The paid leave program will cover full-time and part-time employees. There will be no exemptions for small businesses. And to take advantage of the program, you only have to have been employed by the company for six months (advocates had been negotiating … Continue reading

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Women: Not Faring So Well on Wikipedia

From The New Yorker, “A Feminist Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Reshape Wikipedia“: In spite of the site’s ostensibly egalitarian, accessible format, more than ninety per cent of its editors are male, according to a study conducted in 2011 by the Wikimedia Foundation. … Continue reading

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The Regulation of Women’s Bodies:
Popular with Governments Everywhere!

Or at least that’s my admittedly glib take-away from this concise and damning piece by Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics blog. … Continue reading

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“Why kids — now more than ever — need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy.”

I know this is preaching to the choir, but it’s nice to see this sort of argument appearing in the Washington Post: Under this model, kids go through a kind of philosophical apprenticeship where they learn by doing. The teacher’s job is to … Continue reading

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“Why So Many Rich Kids Come to Enjoy the Taste of Healthier Foods”

This article at The Atlantic challenges conventional wisdom that wealthier people eat better because they are better informed. Recent empirical studies suggest that the extra cost of healthful foods being rejected by children influences the economic decisions of poorer parents at … Continue reading

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“Why Some Men Are Above the Law”

Martha C. Nussbaum on sexual assault, celebrity culture, and the law: Bill Cosby has been finally charged with sexual assault. For anyone who has followed the case, one striking aspect is how late an actual indictment has come, and after … Continue reading

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Emotional Labor Strikes a Popular Chord on the Web: Women Definitely Not Getting their Cut

Readers of this blog are likely already familiar with the concept of emotional labor—and very much aware that it is overwhelmingly done by women and overwhelmingly without formal recompense or proper acknowledgement. You also know that many people, unfortunately, are not. … Continue reading

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“The Opioid Epidemic’s Toll on Pregnant Women and their Babies”

It’s a Catch-22 all the way. You can’t get off of it, or then the baby will die. But, if you stay on it, the baby could go through withdrawal. It’s just scary, not to mention that the laws that … Continue reading

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“What does it actually mean when somebody complains about political correctness?”

(By Tom Toles of The Washington Post, in case the signature is not legible.) … Continue reading

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“The Central Question in the Bill Cosby Criminal Case”

We’ve blogged about the ever-mounting allegations of rape that have been emerging against Bill Cosby several times in the past. My own proposal about what he ought to do, it seems safe to say, is no longer an option. As … Continue reading

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