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My high school abolished its sexist dress code. Things got better.

Viral stories of teen girls getting “dress coded” reveal our sexist ideas about women’s bodies.<p>A gray, baggy, long-sleeved, and as her mother put it, “unflattering” Calvin Klein shirt — that’s what 17-year-old Lizzy Martinez was wearing when she was pulled from class in her Bradenton, Florida, high …

Feminism

Why Women Are Nice to Men Who Rape Them — What Is Rape

'Stop that', she says.<p>'You’re trembling,' he says, walking closer. There’s a wall behind her. She has no way out.<p>Since I was a kid watching <i>Days of Our Lives</i> while my mother folded laundry, I have seen this over and over: guy corners girl who’s been telling him to buzz off, but when he forces his …

Feminism

Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back. - Vox

“I can’t hear you.”<p>When the Line Hotel opened in Washington, DC, last December, the cocktail bars, gourmet coffee shops, and restaurants that fill its cavernous lobby drew a lot of buzz. Housed in a century-old church, the space was also reputedly beautiful.<p>My first visit in February confirmed that …

Dining Rooms

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

Employment

Psychological Weapons of Mass Persuasion

The truth about the controversial science that has everyone worried

Psychology

Helicopter Parenting & College Students’ Increased Neediness

In my last post, I summarized reports from directors of college counseling services concerning college students’ rising levels of depression and …

Psychology

Marco Rubio admits he was wrong…about philosophy

In 2015, Marco Rubio decisively alienated the philosopher voting base by suggesting that philosophers would be better off as welders.<p>“Welders make more money than philosophers,” the Florida senator claimed during a Republican presidential debate. “We need more welders and less …

Government

The Behavioral Shutdown Theory of Depression

<i>Given that many readers found my claims about the nature of depression controversial (here and here), I thought I would share a somewhat longer</i> …

Psychology

Talking About Periods in Public

Five people tackle the period taboo head-on.<p>"Shark week," "Aunt Flo," "Carrie at the prom" — these are a few common nicknames for periods, according to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of <i>Periods Gone Public:</i> <i>Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity</i>. But the list is far from exhaustive: "There are something …

Menstruation
Mental Health

How My Play Cousin Stopped a Mass Shooting and Disproved the Myth About Good Guys With Guns

I used to believe that one of the stupidest narratives in existence was the National Rifle Association’s assertion that “the only person who can stop …

Guns

Women Are Reinventing the Long-Despised Speculum

The gynecological apparatus, designed by men, has a sordid history. An Object Lesson.<p>The exam table with its stirrups. The cold, metal instruments lying in wait. The drape-sheet hiding the patient from herself. The invasive poking and prodding. A routine trip to the gynecologist can elicit anxiety …

San Francisco

Intersectionality Is Not the Problem

Neither the term nor the valuable insights it describes should be ceded to illiberal activists.<p>Earlier this week, an auditorium of young people at Lewis & Clark Law School was prevented from hearing the ideas of a speaker whom a student organization invited to campus when protesters exercised a …

UC Berkeley

The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online: Read Essays by Michel Foucault, Alain Badiou, Judith Butler & More (1972-2018)

On a seemingly daily basis, we see attacks against the intellectual culture of the academic humanities, which, since the 1960s, have opened up spaces …

Philosophy

I and Thou

When we encounter another individual truly as a person, not as an object for use, we become fully human: Martin Buber<i>By M M Owen</i>Read at Aeon

Faith

Why Germans don't give compliments and how an American learned to deal with it

The absence of criticism can be taken as praise in Germany, Courtney Tenz learned the hard way. On World Compliment Day she explains why she misses …

Rigidity versus Flexibility: The Key to Mental Health

Over recent decades the use of rigid language in our thought patterns has become a prominent focus in the understanding of problematic human behavior …

Four philosophers who realized they were completely wrong about things

Philosophers like to present their works as if everything before it was wrong. Sometimes, they even say they have ended the need for more philosophy. …

Income Tax

The parent trap: can you be a good writer and a good parent?

Doris Lessing left her marriage and children to write. Seventy-five years on, Lara Feigel examines the author’s maternal ambivalence and explores her own struggle to balance motherhood and freedom<p>When I tell people that I’m writing a book about freedom and Doris Lessing, their first response is …

Literature

Men need to talk about periods — now

Legal reform around menstruation is long overdue. But so many lawmakers are male, and they don’t want to hear it<p>Just this month, an Arizona bill advocating that unlimited feminine hygiene products be provided to state inmates made the all-male House Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs …

Menstruation

TED Talks' 18-Minute Rule Sets the Perfect Length for a Sales Pitch. Here's Why

Research into 'cognitive load' proves that TED Talks have figured out the ideal length of a presentation<p>Your brain is an energy hog. It takes an enormous amount of energy to listen intently for a long period of time. One secret to keeping your audience glued to your pitch or presentation is to keep …

Public Speaking

Jordan Peterson Has No Idea What He's Talking About

He is a psychologist, not a political philosopher, and no doubt he is a very good one. But it does grate a little to see him receive so much praise …

Fred Rogers, champion of gentle masculinity, has a cure for the gun violence that plagues us

Another mass shooting tragedy reminds us of why we desperately need the message of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”<p>Like much of Generation X, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a childhood TV staple. Even as I grew older and came to see the world both inside my home and beyond its front door as …

Guns

Why does literature ignore pregnancy?

Madame Bovary, A Winter’s Tale, The Age of Innocence ... when it exists at all in fiction, childbearing generally manifests as a problem or impediment – but there is something universal to be learned from a very female experience<p>A few years ago, I spent a couple of weeks in the Wellcome Library, …

Literature

Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘One of the great lies of life is follow your passions’

Mark Cuban grew up working class in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a myriad of odd jobs. Today, Cuban is …

Entrepreneurship

Legacy of 1968 protests: How a leftist revolution helped capitalists win

The May 1968 protest movement changed the western world. Now, almost 50 years later, it’s clear a supposedly leftist movement ultimately helped …

Does college turn people into liberals?

Conservative activists have claimed that universities brainwash students into believing a liberal ideology<p>Does going to college make students into political liberals?<p>Conservative activists have claimed that universities brainwash students and indoctrinate them into believing a liberal ideology. The …

College & University

The 25 Principles for Adult Behavior: John Perry Barlow (R.I.P.) Creates a List of Wise Rules to Live By

<i>Image by the European Graduate School, via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>The most successful outlaws live by a code, and in many ways John Perry Barlow, founder …

Enjoyment, no matter how brief, is a philosophical good – Sandy Grant

One fine evening a band is playing. People are dancing and enjoying themselves. A woman is there, relishing the event. Then she thinks to …

Icelanders are super creative. Here's why - Futurity

No, said the Icelanders in the study, nature is not the inspiration for the creativity.