and now for a slightly academic interlude

Save the Males!: The "Degenerating" Y Chromosome

Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y. Tracking the emergence of a new and distinctive way of thinking about sex represented by the unalterable, simple, and visually compelling binary of the X and Y chromosomes, my book, Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome, examines the interaction between cultural gender norms and genetic theories of sex from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, postgenomic age. Here, we've excerpted from the chapter "Save the Males!"

The prospect that [...]


Roe v. Wade at 40: An International Roundtable

This is the first installment in a two-part roundtable about the effects of Roe v. Wade as the case’s 40-year anniversary comes to a close. Part two, featuring essays from scholars whose work is based in Germany and Africa, respectively, will be published tomorrow.

Women of the World Unite?: U.S. Politics of Reproduction at Home and Abroad

by Risa Katzen

40 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion still raises a host of questions with no easy answers. What are the limits of a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions? When should the unborn be afforded legal rights? When is it appropriate for the government to intervene in family [...]