I Am Not a Slut

I Am Not a Slut

I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet by Leora Tanenbaum

HM 1096 .T36 2015

“Young women today are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as “sluts.” Caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages, they’re confused. To fulfill the contradictory roles of being sexy but not slutty, they create an “experienced” identity on social media – even if they are not sexually active – while ironically referring to themselves and their friends as “sluts.”

But this strategy can become a weapon used against young women in the hands of peers who circulate rumors and innuendo – elevating age-old slut-shaming to deadly levels, with suicide among bullied teenage girls becoming increasingly common. Now, Leora Tanenbaum – senior writer and editor for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, author of the groundbreaking work Slut!, and the writer who coined the term slut-bashing – revisits her influential work on sexual stereotyping to offer fresh insight into the digital and face-to-face worlds contemporary young women inhabit. She shares her new research, involving the experiences of a wide range of teenage girls and young women from a variety of backgrounds as well as parents, educators, and academics. Tanenbaum analyzes the coping mechanisms young women currently use and points them in a new direction to eradicate slut-shaming for good.”
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Homer Economicus

Homer Economicus

Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics edited by Joshua Hall

HB 172 .H66 2014

“In Homer Economicus a cast of lively contributors takes a field trip to Springfield, where the Simpsons reveal that economics is everywhere. By exploring the hometown of television’s first family, this book provides readers with the economic tools and insights to guide them at work, at home, and at the ballot box.

Since The Simpsons centers on the daily lives of the Simpson family and its colorful neighbors, three opening chapters focus on individual behavior and decision making, introducing readers to the economic way of thinking. Part II guides reader through six chapters on money, markets, and government. A third and final section discusses timely topics in applied microeconomics, including immigration, gambling, and health care as seen in The Simpsons. Reinforcing the nuts and bolts laid out in any principles text in an entertaining and culturally relevant way, this book is an excellent teaching resource that will also be at home on the bookshelf of all pop economics readers.”
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Do What You Are

Do What You Are

Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger

BF 698.9 .O3 T54 2014

Do What You Are – the time-honored classic that has already helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work – has now been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to include jobs in today’s hottest markets. The book leads you step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying your Personality Type, providing real-life case studies of people who share your Type and introducing you to the key ingredients your work must have for it to be genuinely fulfilling. Using workbook exercises and explaining specific job search strategies, Do What You Are identifies occupations that are popular with your Type and offers a rundown of your work-related strengths and weaknesses. It also illustrates how to use your unique strengths to customize your job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest time. Whether you are a millennial, a first-time job seeker, a baby boomer looking for a second act, or an established professional seeking post-career fulfillment, Do What You Are will help you discover the right career for you.”
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Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church

Good Catholics

Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church by Patricia Miller

HQ 767.3 .M56 2014

Good Catholics tells the story of the remarkable individuals who have engaged in a nearly fifty-year struggle to assert the moral legitimacy of a pro-choice position in the Catholic Church, as well as the concurrent efforts of the Catholic hierarchy to suppress abortion dissent and to translate Catholic doctrine on sexuality into law. Patricia Miller recounts a dramatic but largely untold history of protest and persecution, which demonstrates the profound and surprising influence that the conflict over abortion in the Catholic Church has had not only on the church but also on the very fabric of U.S. politics. Good Catholics addresses many of today’s hot-button questions about the separation of church and state, including what concessions society should make in public policy to matters of religious doctrine, such as the Catholic ban on contraception.”
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Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

Kill Chain

Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn

UG 1242 .D7 C73 2015

“Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story: its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made drone operations possible, and the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims to the contrary, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests – military, CIA, and corporate – that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control.

Most important, Kill Chain tells this story through people who have lived it, men like Rex Rivolo, the brilliant analyst who found out the truth of what really happens when we try to win a war by assassinating people, or Tom Christie, the Pentagon official whose unsparing report on the true performance of the vaunted Predator drone is revealed in detail here for the first time.

Moving from lavish contractor-financed intelligence community celebrations in Washington, DC, to burning Pakistani villages targeted in the course of a CIA blood feud, Andrew Cockburn shows the reader the true face of drone warfare, revealing the often shocking reality behind programs such as the $300 million drone privately described in the Pentagon as “junk” or the “all-seeing” drone surveillance system that delivers pictures no better than Google Earth.

Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of when the theories underpinning the strategy – and the multibillion dollar contracts they spawn – are put to the test.”
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Bad Faith

Bad Faith

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul A. Offit, M.D.

BL 65 .M4 O34 2015

“In recent years, there have been major outbreaks of whooping cough among children in California, mumps in New York, and measles in Ohio’s Amish country – despite the fact that these are all vaccine-preventable diseases. Although America is the most medically advanced place in the world, many people disregard modern medicine in favor of using their faith to fight life-threatening illnesses. Christian Scientists pray for healing instead of going to the doctor, Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish mohels spread herpes by using contaminated circumcision tools. Tragically, children suffer and die every year from treatable diseases, and in most states it is legal for parents to deny their children care for religious reasons. In twenty-first century America, how could this be happening?

In Bad Faith, acclaimed physician and author Dr. Paul Offit gives readers a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion. Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children, whose devastating experiences highlight the tangled relationship between religion and medicine in America. Religious or not, this issue reaches everyone – whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers.

Replete with vivid storytelling and complex, compelling characters, Bad Faith makes a strenuous case that denying medicine to children in the name of religion isn’t just unwise and immoral, but a rejection of the very best aspects of what belief itself has to offer.”
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The End of College

The End of College

The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey

LC 5800 .C36 2015

“Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world’s most famous universities and high-powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education. College courses that for centuries had been kept from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world – for free.

Exploding tuition prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring-do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends – the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology – are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must-read, and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in this country.”
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