Plenty of stuff to read, and please add your own links in the comments – if you’ve written it, we want to read it!
A Cautionary Tale for Justin Welby – Antonia Honeywell on why we can’t just “sit on our heterosexual backsides” and treat gay people as an matter for debate in the church.
Lessons learned from a freshman-composition MOOC – Karen Head gives some reflections on what a particular course reveals about what MOOCs can or can’t do.
The MOOC moment and the end of reform – Aaron Bady close-reads the language used to argue for MOOCs, and suggests they involve reifying processes of knowledge discovery into saleable objects.
How many First Folios do we need? – More than you’d think, explains Emma Smith.
Is Thomas Matlack Bad for Good Men? – it’s Buzzfeed, but a surprisingly indepth profile of the founder of the Good Men Project. Goes some way to explaining why even the “ok guys” from that outfit gave people the squiggles.
Reports of My Twitter Account Deletion Have Been Greatly Exaggerated – Caroline Criado-Perez on her temporary retreat twitter and the way people insist on telling her how to be the right kind of victim.
Fitspo Sucks: 5 Reasons Photos of Hot Women and Catchy Slogans are Ruining the World – Jessi Kneeland on why motivational images like “strong is the new skinny” are inaccurate, unhelpful and damaging
Pratchett’s Women: the boobs, the bad and the broomsticks – Tansy Rayner Roberts gives a terrific survey of Pratchett’s treatment of female characters, the problems of reproducing what you’re satirising, and the development of the Discworld milieu.
Marlowe’s Edward II at the National Theatre – Pete Kirwan brings his encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary Early Modern productions to bear on the new Marlowe at the National.
Making an impact: What hacks want from boffins – Philip Cowley gives some advice on what journalists can use from academics, and the approaches which “add value” to a story whilst also representing research accurately.
Common humanity, or We’re the same because I said so – Matthew Simmermon-Gomes incisively discusses the philosophical problems with “common humanity”, essentialism, and whose perspective this humanity is defined from.
On not being a team player – The Plashing Vole grumbles entertainingly about a university away day, not wearing team t-shirts and misunderstood madrigals.
The past is a foreign country: history and analogy, Part I – Laura Sangha on the value and function of analogies when trying to understand or talk about the past.
On two dangerous and persistent rape myths – Sian Norris brings together some important legal and biological facts to combat the false assumptions made about how victims react to rape, and other people’s attitudes to them.
The symphony and how it changed our world – Tom Service kicks off a new series on the history and meaning of the symphony.
Victorian or nineteenth century? Definitions and positions – Charlotte Mathieson poses the question, and thinks about what the answer might mean.
On Michael Le Vell and why arguing about rape is a waste of time – Marina S on why she doesn’t feel fact-based arguments will change people’s minds about rape myths.
Some thoughts on victim-blaming and Michael Le Vell – Glosswatch ponders the hypocrisy of the media in rape cases, and the question of “ruining a man’s reputation”