Popular wisdom may be popular, but sometimes it's downright wrong. Five stories from The Conversation's 2018 politics coverage interrogate popular wisdom – and find it lacking.
With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, many predict that the court will move to the right on issues from abortion to gun rights. But Supreme Court rulings are often not the last word on a matter.
Men and women are not unified voting blocs. We must consider how voters identify themselves in terms of gender to truly understand how women and men think about politics.
Here's a riddle: What's the dominant image of the 2018 election campaign? There isn't one. But there are many.
A well-known scholar of violence against women describes her own harrowing assault – and how the #MeToo movement changed her professionally and personally.
So often used to condemn women through history, feminism is reclaiming the word 'witch' in the 21st century. Some men also want to get in on the act.
The GOP's handling of sexual assault allegations against prominent GOP figures has led some to conclude that the party does not respect women. But GOP women are sticking with their party.
Legal scholars offer a vision for appointing Supreme Court justices more fairly. While it wouldn't require any constitutional amendments, it would require Congress to pass a bill.
The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford in the Kavanaugh nomination hearings showed what happens when abuse survivors enter systems that are not designed to respond to their words or meet their needs.
If the Ford-Kavanaugh saga had any positive impact, it at least clearly highlighted several lessons from traumatology and the complex consequences of traumatic events across society.
The National Council of Churches, which represents 38 Christian denominations, has long been the voice of progressive religion. But over the years, its influence has waned.
The now-confirmed supreme court judge repeatedly lost his cool during his recent appearance in the senate. Is that what we need from lawmakers?
Women, like men, are susceptible to bias when it comes to defending those in their ‘in-group’ from accountability for sexual assault.
A masculinities scholar weighs-in on the the reverberations of the recent Supreme Court hearings and what he calls a disturbing message of "boys will be boys." Men need to stop validating this lesson.
Many states are also eroding a woman's right to access abortions.
The bitterly contested hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the newest justice to the U.S. Supreme Court were more of a show trial than a legal procedure.
A change of heart on preferences appears to have cost the high-profile independent in Wentworth, while the controversy around Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation has been of benefit to Donald Trump.
The longstanding, historical notion of the judge as an independent, non-partisan interpreter of the law may never truly recover.
An English professor says educators should use "Speak" – an often banned novel about sexual assault – to engage young people about the topic.
Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as a good and reputable man in his recent Senate hearing. But a man's social status and education tell us nothing about whether he's likely to commit sexual assault.