National Forum

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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 2, Spring

A Choice of Extent
A logomachy about "discrimination" and "equal opportunity" is unlikely to solve a subtle distributive problem encountered in intercollegiate athletics, but colleges can foster harmony if they are allowed to adopt local policies of distributive justice....
Advertising to the "Other" Culture
Women's Use of Language and Language's Use of Women Men and women occupy separate cultural spheres as well as separate biological ones. Cultural differences between the sexes occur in all known societies and are made manifest in language, the shaper...
Affirmative Action
Affirmative action, as courts and administrative agencies define it, is a temporary, flexible policy of limited preferences for qualified individuals in order to remedy serious gender and racial imbalances. Affirmative action, as conservative politicians...
A Plea for Business Archival Records
Important aspects of financial, economic, and social history depend on the availability of archival source material. The archives department at most libraries has vast holdings of old manuscripts composed by writers both famous and not-sofamous. Also,...
Bearing Meaning: The Language of Birth / Mother with Child: Transformation through Childbirth
ROBBIE PFEUFER KAHN. Bearing Meaning: The Language of Birth. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995. 441 pages. $29.95. KATHRYN ALLEN RABUZZI. Mother with Child: Transformation through Childbirth Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1994.168...
Hens, Eggs, Roosters, Astrological Bodies, and Other Problems of Cause and Effect
Affirmative action is to women as the rooster is to the sun: the rooster crows and the sun rises. Or, to bring the analogy up to the gender-conscious nineties: the hen squawks, the rooster flaps, and the sun, after a pause to take in the commotion, resumes...
Highest and Best Uses of Cyberspace
Two Challenges of New Turf This column critiques the "new turf" of cyberspace - which, for most of us, is defined by the Internet and especially the World Wide Web. Every new technology or territory challenges a society in at least two distinct ways,...
In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age
JUDITH STACEY. In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1996. 194 Pages. $22.00. Judith Stacey's book, In the Name of the Family, "seeks to examine and challenge the rhetoric and politics of...
Letters to the Editor
A CENTENNIAL RETROSPECTIVE Thank you and your guest editor Walt Hohenstein for a masterful anniversary issue of the National Forum. It's a creative idea, carried out with great skill and resulting in an opportunity for thoughtful reflection on where...
Looking under the Hood
As I write this column at the beginning of a new year, I am reminded of other New Years I have known. One in particular stands out: the year we spent the holiday with my brother, who is an engineer. It was perhaps five or six years ago, in the wee hours...
Mark Hopkins and the Log Revisited
Education has been described, in its simplest terms, as Mark Hopkins at one end of a log and a student at the other end. I rather doubt that Mark Hopkins, who, after training as a physician, served as Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at...
Note from the Editor
IN THIS ISSUE In every issue of National Forum that has dealt with a controversial topic since I became editor, we have tried our best to make the journal a true forum. When we plan each issue, we carefully consider the authors whom we plan to invite...
Sexism and Scientific Research
Sexism in scientific research, like any other form of undesirable bias, can enter and affect scientific research and thinking in many ways. Young male and female Bighorn sheep, despite looking and acting alike, are nonetheless described as engaging in...
Worth More Than We Earn
Women's expectations of their lives with respect to work and family have changed dramatically in just one generation. This evolution is at the core of important policy debates as we approach the twenty-first century. Increasingly, public attention has...