Muslim Council of Britain says female genital mutilation is ‘un-Islamic’

The Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest Muslim organisation, has condemned the practice of female genital mutilation as “un-Islamic” and told its members that FGM risks bringing their religion into disrepute. The influential MCB has for the first time issued explicit guidance, which criticises the practice and says it is “no longer linked to…

It’s time to bury the myth of the trophy wife

In the forthcoming edition of the American Sociological Review, Elizabeth McClintock reports her research that appraised a representative sample of more than 1,500 young married couples and found minimal evidence of couples “trading” a woman’s looks against a man’s wealth or status. Instead, McClintock found that the overwhelming majority of couples marry by similarity, so…