David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
from the world's big
Start Learning

Should France Ban Headscarves in Schools?

Question: How do you feel about the headscarf ban in French \r\npublic schools?

\r\nJoan Wallach Scott:  I actually… I certainly first have to say \r\nthat I consider myself to be secular.  I certainly don’t think burqas \r\nare something that I’m comfortable with.  When I see women in them with \r\ntheir faces almost entirely covered it’s a sort of hard…  In a culture \r\nwhich is an open culture in which faces are uncovered it’s very hard to \r\ndeal with.  On the other hand it seems to me that you can’t separate the\r\n French desire to ban this from a kind of underlying racism about Arabs \r\nand Muslims, former colonials from North Africa and West Africa and \r\nthere is just no way to separate them and so on the grounds of the fact \r\nthat this constitutes a form of discrimination and a failure to actually\r\n consult with the people who are wearing them and to find out what \r\nindeed is involved in the choice on the part of some women, the \r\ninfluence of others on them to wear these things it seems to me really \r\ninadvisable as a law and will only be taken by minority populations as \r\nyet another strike against them and if anything, it will increase the \r\nnumbers of people who are wearing these rather than do away with them, \r\nso as a policy issue in countries in which Muslims are a minority \r\npopulation in general and in France in particular I think it is a really\r\n bad idea to ban these things. 
\r\nI think that certainly wearing a headscarf is a different thing from \r\nwearing a burqa actually, but in either case there is at least in part \r\nthe notion that you have to cover women to prevent the sort of sexual \r\ntemptation of men that they represent, but there are other… It seems to \r\nme Muslims are not alone in this.  Orthodox Jews, women have to cover \r\ntheir heads and wear long sleeves, and you know there’s all kinds of \r\ndress requirements for Orthodox Jewish women that also indicate their \r\ninferiority, but I think no one would dare talk about, post-Holocaust no\r\n one would dare talk about or would have a very difficult time trying to\r\n ban certain of the behaviors of Orthodox Jews.  It would be considered \r\nan illegitimate interference in religious practice.  Catholics, Catholic\r\n nuns certainly still have to cover their heads.  I mean there’s all \r\nsorts of religious practices in which the inequality of women and men \r\nare manifest in behavior and clothing and the rest of it.  It seems to \r\nme a terrible mistake to single out Muslims at a time of clash with \r\ncivilizations in countries in which there is a tremendous amount of \r\nclass and other kinds of economic and political discrimination against \r\nthem.  It doesn’t seem to me to be wise policy at all.

Recorded April 26th, 2010
\r\nInterviewed by Austin Allen

France’s ban on Muslim headscarves in public schools has ignited endless controversy. Which side does the "Politics of the Veil" author take?

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images
Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
Keep reading Show less

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.

Ernest Hemingway Holding His Son 1927 (Wikimedia Commons)
Culture & Religion

Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa," but what kind of dad was he?

Keep reading Show less

The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
Keep reading Show less

Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

Image by Yurchanka Siarhei on Shutterstock
Sex & Relationships
  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
Keep reading Show less

Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.