The Mansplain Claim: A Double-Edged Sword

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We’ve been hearing a lot lately about “mansplaining”: the phenomenon in which a man speaks to a woman with total and unearned authority on a subject about which she is already fully versed. Mansplaining is particularly unsavory in feminist discourse, and we’ve experienced some spectacular implosions which show that men who speak on this subject […]


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I have a new article about GenX masculinity over at Disinfo. Do you remember when there used to be lots of references to Generation X? Then you’re probably a GenXer. Douglas Coupland, Reality Bites, the whole slacker stereotype was across the cultural domain, poised at the edge of a generational battle with the Boomers. The […]

2012: new review

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There’s a new review out of 2012 in Australian Journal of Parapsychology by Lance Storm: there is “more to say on the matter than simply debugging and discounting predictions of global catastrophe, and this is where Gelfer’s book 2012 is key.” You can read the full text here.

Numen, Old Men: new review

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There’s a new review out of Numen, Old Men in Journal for the Academic Study of Religion by the clearly delightful Sarah Penicka-Smith: “The intelligence he brings to his subject is often upstaged by his witty writing and wicked turns of phrase, although this is not a complaint—Gelfer’s writing is clear and highly engaging.” You […]

Smacks of Denial

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I have an article over at OnlineOpinion called Smacks of Denial. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is embarking upon a new campaign to provide legal protection for children from being hit by adults: in other words, it seeks to ban smacking. In The Age, Associate Professor Susan Moloney, president of the College’s paediatrics and […]

2012 in Barkun

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The new edition of Michael Barkun’s A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America now has a chapter on the 2012 phenomenon and makes good use of my book, 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse (which is only fair as I made good use of Barkun).