It’s only a flesh wound
"Wheelchair on the Beach" by kris krüg via Flickr.

Why is it that disabilities, or how we react to them socially, are seldom mentioned in day-to-day conversations? Kastner explores studies of disability by anthropologist Joan Ablon.

Walking differently but dreaming alike, by Ina Mar. Copyright Ina Mar and Anke-Maria Sander, ADAGP, Paris. The model, Anke-Maria Sander, 31 and mother of a beautiful 3-year old girl, has Friedreich's Ataxia, a degenerative, genetic, neuro-muscular disease, for which there is no cure. She uses a wheelchair since she was 15.

When mannequins modelled on people with disabilities were displayed in a Zurich store front, they caused shock–both to passers-by and the models themselves. But why should we react this way?

The ancient Romans had sanitation figured out, but were a bit low on privacy. Photo by Fubar Obfusco ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

There are more mobile phones than toilets in the world. But does this mean we have our priorities wrong? Here are five reasons why we can’t compare sanitation with communication.

Edward Burnett Taylor brought culture to English science. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

We live in a world of bio-politics, in which the genomes of disempowered people are subject to malicious slanders. Why are studies that blame human biology for global inequality still being taken seriously?

Changing attitudes or just a practical measure? Unisex toilets are becoming more common in many countries

Gender has become such a mainstream word that in some contexts it has become a misplaced substitute for sex. It as if people feel that it is no longer safe or politically correct to say the word sex. So what is the difference between sex and gender?

Human sperm

Natural selection’s coming to get you, and it’s not just because of what’s in your genes!

A Nganga in the Cuban province of Cienfuegos, 2007. Photo by Ana Stela Almeida Cunha

Where does your body end and the rest of the world begin? An encounter with witchcraft in Cuba.

Augustín Fuentes

Think that men and women are totally different? Think again. Why our assumptions about race, gender and aggression are wrong – and dangerous.