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By Camille Paglia, Caitlin Moran, Hanna Rosin, Maureen Dowd

For the 1st time in heritage, will it's larger to be a girl than a guy within the upcoming century? The 12th semi-annual Munk Debate pits popular writer and editorHanna Rosin and Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Maureen Dowd opposed to ny Times–bestselling writer Caitlin Moran and educational trailblazer Camille Paglia to discuss one of many greatest socio-economic phenomena of our time — the relative decline of the ability and standing of guys within the place of work, within the family members, and society at huge. males have characteristically been the dominant intercourse. yet now, for the 1st time, a bunch of symptoms means that girls not just are reaching equality with males, yet are quick rising because the extra profitable intercourse of the species. no matter if in schooling, employment, own future health, or baby rearing, records aspect to an increase within the prestige and gear of girls at domestic, within the place of work, and in conventional male bastions similar to politics. yet are males, and the age-old strength constructions linked to “maleness,” completely in decline? With ladies more and more demonstrating their skill to “have it all” whereas males lag in the back of, the Munk Debate on gender tackles the basic socio-economic query: Are males out of date?

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From the viewpoint of a working scientist (especially, but not solely, in areas such as toxicology and epidemiology) this certainty over risk and safety may seem quite perplexing – the science is typically open to major doubt and uncertainty. The ‘official’ message filtered out the inevitable technical uncertainties so as to offer an apparently authoritative and self-confident message – suggesting an important difference between ‘doing science’ (with all its messiness, conjecture and tacit assumptions) and ‘the public face of science’ (where such 28 SCIENCE AND CITIZENSHIP provisionality has apparently been lost so as to offer a ‘clear’ voice).

Although the herbicide had been produced since the 1940s, perhaps its bestknown application was during the Vietnam War when it was sprayed by US aircraft as a defoliant (and thus as a means of removing ground cover). , by railway workers to keep lines clear of weeds, by forestry workers to clear undergrowth, or by members of the public keeping their gardens free of brambles and nettles). Given international attention to the hazards of 2,4,5–T, a number of countries had at that time either banned or severely restricted the use of the herbicide: among them the United States, Canada and the former Soviet Union.

6 Such initiatives across Europe include local energy schemes (often linked to windmills or improved insulation systems), waste re-use and recycling, 38 SCIENCE, CITIZENS AND ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT • • • • alter native ag r icultural methods (typically less reliant on pesticides or other agrochemicals) and experiments in ecological communities (where villages are designed with ecolog ical principles firmly in mind whilst also employing new technologies – especially information technology – in an innovative and ‘environmentally-friendly’ way); a growing number of environmental regulations and controls – as developed, for example, by the European Union and other international bodies such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); membership of environmental organizations (in 1991, Greenpeace were claiming over 385,000 supporters in Britain alone); educational initiatives aimed at raising young people’s awareness of the environment at a local and global level; an avalanche of new books and publications on ‘the environment’.

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