Posts made in June, 2012

Ruling Against Circumcising Boys

Ruling Against Circumcising Boys

German Ruling Against Circumcising Boys Draws Criticism By NICHOLAS KULISH BERLIN — A German court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm, a decision that could have significant repercussions for religious groups. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany condemned the decision as “an unprecedented and dramatic intrusion...

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Egypt Rising Up

Egypt Rising Up

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK Egypt’s military rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood escalated their confrontation on Friday as the generals threatened to use “the utmost firmness” to preserve their authority and the Islamists presented a reunited front with some of their former allies from the revolt against Hosni Mubarak. Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s...

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Free Speech for Computers?

Free Speech for Computers?

June 19, 2012 Free Speech for Computers? By TIM WU from NYTimes DO machines speak? If so, do they have a constitutional right to free speech? This may sound like a fanciful question, a matter of philosophy or science fiction. But it’s become a real issue with important consequences. In today’s world, we have delegated many of our daily decisions to computers. On the drive to work, a...

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Men’s Porn Use Linked to Unhappy Relationships

Men’s Porn Use Linked to Unhappy Relationships

Young women who report that their romantic partners look at porn frequently are less happy in their relationships than women partnered with guys who more often abstain, new research finds. The study bolsters some anecdotal evidence that men’s porn use can shake the self-esteem of their girlfriends or wives, though certainly not all couples have conflicts over pornography, said study...

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MARKETING BY MASCULINIZING THE FEMININE

MARKETING BY MASCULINIZING THE FEMININE

From Sociological Images.. Elliott J. sent in a comic by Kris Straub, who posts at chainsawsuit, making fun of the way that marketers often try to masculinize products that are associated with women, making them safe for men to consume. After reading the comic, I thought it would be fun to have a round-up of examples of masculinizing the feminine — that is, attempts to sell items to men...

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