Elisa Quaggiotto

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The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women ‘Religious Freedom’ Law on Steroids

The First Amendment Defense Act would allow hospitals, governments, universities, and businesses to ignore same-sex marriage, deny women health care, …

A high school teacher is changing the way he grades essays — and it reflects a dramatic shift in the English language

If you're a grammar purist, that sentence may have made you cringe.<p>Standard English dictates the word "they," a plural pronoun, should never be used to refer to a single person. Since "student" is a singular noun, you'd need a singular pronoun like "he" or "she" to match it.<p>A high-school English …

My teen boys are blind to rape culture

“Oh boy,” my son said, rolling his eyes. “Not rape culture again.”<p>We were sitting around the dinner table talking about the news. As soon as I mentioned the Stanford sexual assault case, my sons looked at each other. They knew what was coming. They’ve been listening to me talk about consent, …

How Could 5,000 Employees Cheat? The Science Behind the Wells Fargo Scandal

Deception. Fraud. Over 5,000 fired. What went wrong? Science gives us some clues.<p>As you've no doubt heard by now, Wells Fargo recently received a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Bureau, in response to illegal banking practices of its employees. This brought the bank's total bill …

‘He paid a dear price for it’: The 19th-century ordeal of one of America’s first transgender men

On Oct. 7, 1879, the New York Times reported the death of one Lucy Ann Lobdell Slater under the headline, the “Death of a Modern Diana,” a reference to the Roman goddess of the hunt.<p>While known for her prowess as a “female hunter,” the Times reported, her “strange life history” was most notable for …

21 Parenting Books About Raising Mighty Girls

A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for parents on raising a Mighty Girl from the toddler through the teen years.Parenting is always an adventure, but …

This Alabama Abortion Doctor Is so Badass There's a Documentary About Her

At 8:30 A.M., the ob-gyn office of Yashica Robinson, M.D., in Huntsville, Alabama, is already crowded. Under portraits of sleepy newborns on the lilac-painted walls, pregnant women wait on comfortable couches, flipping though magazines; some keep an eye on their young children. Despite the warm …

Container gardening a growing trend in Fredericton apartments

A growing trend called container gardening has hit the green thumb circuit, and it has been helping Fredericton apartment dwellers cut down their …

Gardening

Removing the Blindfold: Reimagining Reproductive Futures

During the height of the Clinton administration's health care reform debate of the mid '90s, a group of Black women coined the term “reproductive …

Transgender bathroom choice nothing new for Seattle schools

SEATTLE (AP) — In progressive Seattle, a presidential order that public schools give transgender students access to the bathrooms matching their …

Courtroom sealed as undercover officers testify at murder trial

An Edmonton court will take extraordinary steps today to protect the identities of five undercover RCMP officers set to testify at a first-degree …

Listen here: 10 great podcasts for book lovers

As any reader will tell you, a good book doesn't end when you've flipped the last page. There's always more to learn, plots to discuss, themes to …

A Look At Pixar’s Secret Storytelling Weapons

<b>WHAT:</b> A video essay on why Pixar films tend to be so relatable.<p><b>WHO:</b> YouTuber KaptainKristian.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It’s not just that Pixar films put viewers through the emotional wringer, it’s the way they do it–not with cheap manipulation but with meticulously crafted storytelling and core truths. In a …

Social media a tool to help lure teens into prostitution, say experts

Social media is one of the biggest tools being used to lure teen girls in Quebec into prostitution, say experts.<p>Sarah Hauptman’s parents say they …

How a Ferocious Backlash to LGBT Equality Is in Full Force While Leaders Have No Strategy

In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard is right this moment mulling over a bill sent to his desk by the legislature that would bar transgender students -- kids often facing bullying and discrimination -- from using bathrooms or locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. The bill …

US election 2016: Jeb Bush drops out of Republican race

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1227000/1227755_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524840848_7c88b0901460e2d8aece6443c401c8d9<p><b>Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has dropped out of the Republican race for US president after failing to rank high in the first three state …

Asexual marriage: What it's really like

<i>As told to Anna Davies</i><p>There's a moment I always dread whenever I'm with a group of women. It happens after we've met up a few times and everyone feels comfortable. Inevitably, the conversation turns to sex.<p>Luckily, now that we're all moms who've been married for a while, the conversation is about …

7 Mistakes Leaders Make That Make Everyone Miserable

From Enron to Volkswagen, we’ve watched in horror as leaders who lack integrity have destroyed businesses time and again. But the real tragedy happens when regular leaders, who are otherwise great, sabotage themselves, day after day, with mistakes that they can’t see but are obvious to everyone …

Leadership

"Jeez, oh man'" John Kasich despairs at fellow Republicans' bitter attacks in South Carolina debate

Republican debate is nastiest yet, with the Ohio governor visibly despairing at the level of bitterness that is dividing them<p>John Kasich moved to stake a claim as the Republican voice of reason by warning his rivals that their bickering could hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton.<p>In what was the …

Government

Successful leaders have 6 things in common

It was recently rumored that Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz would run for president, but Schultz shut the idea down almost immediately. He wrote in an article:<p>"Despite the encouragement of others, I have no intention of entering the presidential fray. I'm not done serving at Starbucks."<p>Schultz …

Top Ten TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

<i>This post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

The stock market is a 'dangerous casino' that's disconnected from the real economy

While I think the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) establishment survey isn't worth the paper it's manipulated on, it did take a drastic turn for the worse.<p>So doing, it thereby monkey-hammered the recovery narrative of the Keynesian chorus on Wall Street and at the Fed.<p>In fact, the alleged 245,000 …

9 ways Conservatives have shown how little they care about women

How much worse off are women thanks to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives?<p>Here’s a quick reminder of some of the notable attacks on the status of women …

University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents

The administration at the University of Toronto was recently enlightened on why two separate washrooms are generally established for men and women …

Bernie Sanders is Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare: He’s changing how we view socialism — and exposing free market parasites

Conservatives have long wielded “socialism” as a pejorative — but Sanders owns it and is transforming politics<p>Since Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., launched his campaign for president this spring, he has gone from being a fringe candidate of the left to a serious challenger of Hillary Clinton, who …

Language and gender bias

Language is not just a tool of communication but an insightful social and cultural indicator; a gauge that reflects the belief and value system of a …

What If We Are Not All Created Equal?

Right from the get-go we are taught that we are all created equal. This message is pounded into us. We learn early in school that the Declaration of Independence from 1776 states that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."<p>This equality is a founding principle of …