How racism came to be called a mental illness — and why that’s a problem

June 22, 2016 nyupressblog 0

— James M. Thomas and W. Carson Byrd
Few would disagree that racism deserves condemnation, or that racist people shouldn’t change their views. But arguing that racism constitutes an actual mental illness goes a step further. Racism has long been considered the product of economic, social and political forces, not a mental health disorder. What changed?

The Price of Freedom in Orange Is the New Black

June 22, 2016 nyupressblog 1

—Jill A. McCorkel
Season three of Orange is the New Black introduced us to a new character, one that you won’t find on listed among the show’s cast or analyzed in any detail on the many blogs devoted to the series. The character in question is Management & Correction Corporation (MCC), the private corporation that receives a contract from the feds to take over day-to-day operations of Litchfield prison.

Do we have a campus rape crisis?

December 10, 2014 nyupressblog 1

—Sameena Mulla Let me begin with my conclusion: there is not only a campus rape crisis in the U.S; rather, there is a rape crisis in the U.S. and college campuses are symptomatic of this

“Boys will be boys”?

May 27, 2014 nyupressblog 0

—Judy Y. Chu As a parent of a 10-year-old, I have spent a fair amount of time over the past few years observing kids playing—at schools, playgrounds, and various social functions. As a researcher who studies boys’

Doing justice to Mandela’s legacy

December 19, 2013 nyupressblog 2

—Robert N. Kraft A remarkable set of events occurred in South Africa in the final half decade of the 20th century – events that are now mostly forgotten. In the outpouring of tributes to Nelson

Bullying, teasing and the gender trap

October 18, 2013 nyupressblog 0

—Emily W. Kane With National Bullying Prevention Month underway and a focus this year on the sponsoring organization’s tagline, “The End of Bullying Begins with Me,” I find myself thinking back to what I heard

A Father’s Day wish list

June 17, 2013 nyupressblog 0

—Gayle Kaufman Today’s fathers are more involved than ever. According to the Pew Research Center, fathers spend over 10 hours more per week doing housework and child care than they did in 1965. Yet their

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