Archives March 2005

Gender and friendship: follow-up file

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In a posting last year, I remarked that women and men have remarkably different relationships with their same-sex platonic friends, but biographies of transsexuals don’t reveal much about their platonic friendships. I was intrigued, therefore, to come across a certain passage in As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto’s book about Bruce a.k.a. Brenda ...

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Priorities, priorities

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

While the Republicans considered Terry Schiavo’s life important enough to cut short President Bush’s vacation, Sun Hudson, a six-month-old terminally ill baby, became the first infant in the US authorized to have his life support discontinued against his parents’ wishes. The hospital wouldn’t even honor the mother’s invitation for the media to see the allegedly-conscious ...

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C is for Chance

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

(Previously in this series: A is for Anonymous, B is for Beauty)

How can a hard-line communist state sustain itself in a world where capitalism seems triumphant almost everywhere? Cuba can blame all its problems on the US embargo. North Korea has its nuclear weapons. Engelstan, meanwhile, has the lottery.

As part of the celebrations ...

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