Around the Web Digest: Week of August 10

Between the crisis in Gaza, the militarization of Ferguson, and the death of Robin Williams, this has been a rough week in the news. At least Rick Perry is being indicted. Also, as of today, I’ve been writing these digests for six months, and it’s been a blast. Thanks for your help and support. If you have a blog article or something that you think should be in next week’s digest, send it me at or on Twitter at @dtpowis.

Check out what you may have missed last week.

Stories by anthropologists:

Katie Hinde wrote about nursing-on-demand and daytime versus nighttime nursing. (Cool!) (Mammals Suck!)

Peter B. Gray and Kermyt G. Anderson discussed the evolutionary perspectives of fatherhood. (Psychology Today)

Adrienne Strong, blogging from the field, talked about the resistance she has met as she critiques health care in Tanzania. (Adrienne Strong)

Patrick Clarkin wrote about the biological effects of forced displacement in refugees. (Patrick Clarkin)

Luis Felipe R. Murillo reminded us of Aaron Swartz call for transparency and open access in knowledge production. (CASTAC Blog)

Samuel Taylor-Alexander discussed the Federal redefinition of “organ” to include the face, and the ontological implications. (Somatosphere)

Tom Widger wrote about pesticides as “ambivalent objects” – can’t live with them, can’t live without them. (Somatosphere)

Matt Thompson, in the light of Ferguson, asked what we mean when we talk about “riots.” (Savage Minds)

Sarah Kendzior talked about those who are “dehumanized in life” that become “humanized in death.” (Al Jazeera)

Lori Allen, writing about Gaza, echoed the sentiments of Albert Einstein as he suggested that international commissions are ultimately ineffective. (Allegra Lab)

Anne Buchanan and Ken Weiss air out anthropology’s dirty linen: Nicholas Wade, Gillings’ PMS paper, and the latest development in the case of Homo floresiensis. (The Mermaid’s Tale)

Orisanmi Burton eulogized the human rights and prison reform activist, Eddie Ellis. (Counterpunch)

Stories about anthropology/ists:

A new study suggests that in human evolution, sexual selection for “feminized faces” directed the evolution of the skull. (Pacific Standard)

Drones are finding themselves in the archaeologist’s toolkit. (New York Times)

Stories for anthropologists:

Asar Alkebulan argued that patrilineal kinship is nothing more that “bragging rights.” (This is Africa)

Forced circumcision is not just a women’s issue; some men in Kenya fear it as well. (BBC)

In another installment of how the social becomes biological, Michael White flips the question in order to explore the evolution of sex and the sexes. (Pacific Standard)

Cordelia Fine critiqued Michael Gillings’ evolutionary psychological hypothesis on PMS. (The Converstation)

Danielle S. talked about why White moms need to care about murdered Black children. (Mamademics)

The murder of Black youth is a reproductive justice issue. (The Nation)

There is very little – but slowly growing – support for teenage pedophiles who want it. (Medium)

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at