Gender & Sexuality

New ways of thinking about science and human difference.

Is there evidence—biological, genetic, evolutionary or psychological—to support the persistent notion that differing brain anatomy or physiology causes behavioral differences between the sexes?

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Using a groundbreaking new approach to understanding gender differences, Dr. Fausto-Sterling is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop particular traits.

Source: Gender & Sexuality – Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

Trademark

Artist Yoko Ono has forced a Polish beverage company to rename its new drink, called John Lemon, after threatening legal action.

The widow of Beatles great John Lennon alleged the soft drink infringed on the trademark of her late husband and his rights.

The legal action referenced a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland showing a large wall mural of Lennon holding lemons with the brand’s logo underneath. Other advertising depicted a pair of round glasses, closely linked with the famous Beatle, next to the words “Let It Be.”

The company has now agreed to change the drink’s name to On Lemon, reaching a settlement so that they could continue their business.

Source: Yoko Ono won’t let it be, forces ‘John Lemon’ drink to re-brand

Fresh food

Chinese consumers will find it easier to buy fresh Australian produce and a wider range of other Australian goods and services following a ground-breaking agreement between Austrade and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

“Online delivery of imported fresh food in China is becoming increasingly viable as a result of improvements in last-mile cold chain logistics.

Australia currently ranks fourth in sales volume on Tmall Global, Alibaba’s international online platform that allows direct sales to Chinese consumers, behind the United States, Japan and Korea.

Source: Alibaba opens doors to Australia

Family law review

“Australian families and their needs have significantly evolved since the 1970s,” Senator Brandis said in a statement.

Its terms of reference are broad but will focus on making sure the family law system prioritises the best interests of children, best addresses family violence and child abuse, supports families and allows disputes to be resolved quickly and safely with minimal financial burden.

The federal government has asked the ALRC to consult widely with family law, family relationship and social support services, as well as health and other stakeholders with expertise and experience in the system.

A major review of Australia’s family law system, the first since 1976, will be led by the Australian Law Reform Commission, which has been given until March 31, 2019 to report back.

Source: Family law review to start in October