Fashion Week may seem uniquely postmodern and post industrial, a mere "symptom" of consumer culture. But it isn't. In fact, it draws heavily from other endurance rites, including those of indigenous cultures
When it comes to the Olympics, there is no shortage of astonishingly honed bodies doing incredible, improbable things for us to admire. Along with their remarkable stamina, talent and commitment, it is the athletes’ bodies that mesmerize.
What does it really mean when a man calls a woman "slut"? How do we understand the impulse to punish, banish, and humiliate sexual women publicly? Rush Limbaugh's recent rant begs the questions — and our evolutionary prehistory suggests some unexpected answers.
Stepmonster is a reconsideration of stepfamily dynamics from the perspective of the stepmother. Synthesizing recent sociological, anthropological and psychological literature, Stepmonster also offers historical and cultural analysis of the wicked stepmother myth; insights on stepmothering across cultures and in our evolutionary prehistory; and analysis of contemporary media and popular culture. Avoiding oversimplistic "advice," Stepmonster offers a uniquely comprehensive consideration of the complexities of the stepmother--as cultural signifier, literary creation, and real person.