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1. Lindy West points to research which finds that women speak up less when they are surrounded by men. Yes, and scrawny, weakling dudes generally recoil too when they’re surrounded by gregarious, deep-voiced, tall guys. It’s a dominance game and has less to do with gender differences per se than West thinks. If you want attention and to get your point of view out there to the group and if more dominant people yield the floor time they gain through a tacit acceptance of their dominance (which is always buttressed by the threat of violence; this isn’t pretty but this is how people socialize even in cordial settings) then say ‘thank you’. Otherwise the “you should be nice to me just cuz” argument is a non-starter.
2. A little bit on the question of whether Native Americans had rightful claim to property before whites came to occupy it. I’ll admit that the might makes right argument is really the only one that holds up.
3. Jacob Sullum reviews Thomas Szasz.
4. Apparently there are some advocacy groups complaining that the cover of French Vogue depicts domestic violence. You be the judge. Does this picture hint at domestic violence or 50 Shades of Grey? (h/t Dain Fitzgerald)