Japan's Gender-bending History

Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer. _genking_/InstagramJennifer Robertson, University of Michigan

I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku District still surprises me. In the eye-catching styles modeled by fashion-conscious young adults, there’s a kind of street theater, with crowded alleyways serving as catwalks for teenagers peacocking colorful, inventive outfits. The Conversation

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How The US Military Is Using 'Violent, Chaotic, Beautiful' Video Games To Train Soldiers

‘Counter-Strike’ has sold over 25 million units, making it one of the most popular first-person shooters of all time.
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Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, University of Trento and Tobias Burgers, Freie Universität Berlin

Violent video games have become embedded within American culture over the past several decades and especially since 9/11. First-person shooters, in particular, have become increasingly popular. The Conversation

These games – in which players are positioned behind a gun – have turned a generation of kids into digital warriors who fight terrorists and battle alien invaders. Many play first-person shooters for pure, innocent enjoyment. Some like achieving objectives and being a part of a team. And, for others, it simply feels good to eliminate an enemy – especially someone who’s trying to harm them.

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Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend

Dogs are a huge part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring. 'Silhouette' via www.shutterstock.com

Frank T. McAndrew, Knox College

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side. The Conversation

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Children Understand Far More About Other Minds Than Long Believed

Henrike Moll, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children cannot consider what goes on in the minds of others. The Conversation

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Why Do Some Countries Disapprove Of Homosexuality? Money, Democracy and Religion

Amy Adamczyk, City University of New York

With Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students, debate over LGBTQ rights rage again across the U.S. The Conversation

Despite these disagreements, Americans are relatively liberal compared to countries across the world, where the consequences for gay or transgender citizens are far more dire.

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Why You Should Date Your Best Friend

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University

Being someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as your romantic partner, you get the best of both worlds, someone with whom you can laugh, share your life and cuddle.

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