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The debasing of American politics

HOW do people learn to accept what they once found unacceptable? In 1927 Frederic Thrasher published a “natural history” of 1,313 gangs in Chicago. …

The Irrational Idea That Humans Are Mostly Irrational

People are smarter than some psychologists would have us think.<p>Last summer I was at a moral psychology conference in Chile, listening to speaker after speaker discuss research into how people think about sexuality, crime, taxation, and other politically and socially fraught issues. The consensus …

Psychology

Melania Trump was recruited to do Donald's damage control. Bad plan

She stayed on message through two interviews defending her husband, but she didn’t know Donald Trump when the accusers did<p>The 2016 campaign has not been kind to Melania Trump, and this week is no exception.<p>In two new interviews, she was sent in to defend her husband’s alleged mistreatment of women …

Donald Trump

Brexit has disfigured the tolerant Britain I’ve known

Irish citizens looked to British politicians to safeguard Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace. But we have been failed, utterly<p>I am an Irish citizen. I am the child of Northern Irish parents. My husband is a British citizen and so is my daughter. I am 40 years old, and for 20 of those years I’ve …

United Kingdom

Wonder Woman writer confirms superhero is queer

Social media celebrates after writer Greg Rucka says the character had ‘obviously’ been in love and relationships with other women<p>Wonder Woman is queer, her writer has confirmed: “I don’t know how much clearer I can make it”.<p>Greg Rucka, who worked on Wonder Woman for DC Comics throughout the 2000s, …

Comic Books

Hillary Clinton just slammed the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections

Ella Dawson expected to find a Netflix bill in her Brooklyn mailbox. She discovered instead a letter from Hillary Clinton. The 24-year-old blogger, who writes often about living with genital herpes, figured it was a standard campaign mailer. She once donated $50 to Clinton.<p>She tore open the …

Herpes

Just How Do You Think America Became 'Great' In The First Place?

• shares<p>The Death of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru is one of the most iconic scenes in all cinema. Luke Skywalker, then just a simple farm boy on an …

Leslie Jones faces constant abuse – because that's how racism works

The hacking of the actor’s website is symptomatic of the culture we’ve built. If you want to take a stand, more than a tweet of sympathy is required<p>What else do people need to see before they realize that racism is a vile, vicious daily assault that faces black Americans today – in every sphere and …

Women of Color

Friends star Courteney Cox regrets 'horrible' efforts to fight ageing

The 52-year-old is the latest female actor to speak out about the pressure on older women to keep their youthful looks<p>Courteney Cox, the former Friends star, has said she is reconciled to looking older and regrets some procedures she had in the past to keep the wrinkles at bay.<p>Cox, 52, spoke out …

Courteney Cox

At what point are women allowed to look their age?

From cosmetic surgery to HRT, we pursue almost anything that makes us appear youthful because we cannot talk about the reality of ageing<p>Sometimes, it’s hard to be a woman. Sometimes? When are the in-between times when it’s just about alright? Every other day there is some bad news but still we are …

Breast Cancer

Commentators take gloss off female Olympians' efforts and medals

Media at Rio 2016 seen to be undermining women’s achievements by linking reports to their male partners<p>Media commentators are coming under fire for reports perceived to be undermining female Olympians’ achievements as record numbers of women take part in the Games.<p>Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu – …

Social Media
Donald Trump

13 books Ta-Nehisi Coates thinks you should read

When writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates published <i>Between the World and Me</i> last year, he received a fair amount of critique, chief among them that the book generalized the black American identity to be equivalent to his own experience as an African-American man.<p>That was never his intention, …

It's Time to Make 'Women's Work' Everyone's Work

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the author of <i>Why Women Still Can’t Have It All</i>, says that the missing factor in the women’s movement is an emphasis on caregiving policies. Work, for the most part, is stratified into to separate categories: caregiving and breadwinning. Caregiving is traditionally done by …

Aspen

Bachelor in Paradise Has ... Serious Things to Say About Abuse

No, but really.<p><i>[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]</i><p><i>Bachelor in Paradise</i> is a thoroughly absurd summer TV show, and it is, as such, a perfect summer TV show. The all-star version of <i>The Bachelor</i> and <i>The Bachelorette</i>, it gathers contestants from previous seasons—a combination of the most likable, the most …

Framing

What’s Wrong With the DC Comics Movie Franchise?

As Suicide Squad debuts to poor reviews, efforts to compete with Marvel are being dogged by creative issues and studio interference.<p>When a studio is launching a franchise, one bad movie is an anomaly, two is a problem, and three in a row spells possible disaster. This is the issue facing Warner …

Comic Books

The Anti-Human-Trafficking Crusader

Agnes Igoye is building a law-enforcement system to protect Uganda’s girls.<p>Late one night in 1972, Agnes Igoye’s father cycled her expectant mother through a jungle to the nearest hospital, stopping for contractions despite the threat of lions prowling nearby. The new mother made it safely to the …

Human Trafficking

Suicide Squad Is the Worst of the Worst

The latest offering from the DC Comics superhero universe may be the most disastrous yet—and that’s saying something.<p>Imagine, for a moment, that Marvel Studios had decided to launch its vast cinematic universe with <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>. That is to say, the movie didn’t merely have to introduce …

Comic Books

What If the Olympics Were Always Held in the Same City?

A few radical ideas to reform the Games<p>The Olympics are here, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, I’m thrilled that a South American city is hosting the Olympic Games for the first time. People around the world will have the opportunity to explore Rio de Janeiro’s many marvels. …

Summer Olympics

This Year’s Mercury Prize Nominees May Be What Britain Needs

The contenders for the 2016 award show that immigration and multiculturalism has helped create a rich U.K. music scene.<p>When Talvin Singh won the Mercury Prize in 1999 for his debut album <i>OK</i>, few had heard the work of the then-28-year-old percussionist from East London. Though he’s since become a …

North London

Why Trusting Donald Trump on Judges Is Folly

Supreme Court appointments are not a persuasive reason for conservatives to back the billionaire.<p>In the late 1990s, one of the largest corporations in the world wanted to build an upscale business park with a luxury hotel on waterfront property in New London, Connecticut. Families owned homes on …

Donald Trump

Why Don't Doctors Recognize Cardiac Arrest?

If your heart stops beating, you may be more likely to survive in a casino or on an airplane than in a hospital.<p>When people’s hearts stop beating, they lose consciousness in seconds. If standing, they fall. If sitting, they slump over. Their bodies jerk, and reflexively, they gasp.<p>Those breaths are …

Medicine

Hitchcock/Truffaut Is a Master Class in Cinema

Kent Jones’s documentary, airing on HBO Monday, delves into a famous dialogue between two of the most storied directors in film.<p>In 1962, the French director Francois Truffaut sat down with his filmmaking idol. For eight days, he and Alfred Hitchcock, discussed their shared love of cinema, …

Filmmaking

Please, Michael Phelps, Stop Cupping

The bruises on the swimmer’s body come from a “therapy" intended to improve blood flow. It actually causes blood to clot.<p>Swimmer Michael Phelps is the most prominent athlete to appear with circular bruises over his body this week, raising eyebrows and questions.<p>Is he okay? Is he a closet …

Blood Tests

Serbia's First Gay Government Minister

It’s a historic appointment for the European country, but she doesn’t want to be known as “the gay minister.”<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Serbia will have its first openly gay government minister, but the woman being appointed to the position doesn’t want to make a big deal of the historic moment.<p>By appointing Ana …

LGBTQI

John Oliver examines journalism's many problems: the blame is on us

Describing the industry’s ‘dire straits’, Oliver devoted the whole episode of his HBO show to analysing the depressing financial state of journalism in 2016<p>Comedian John Oliver took aim at his latest target on Sunday: the state of journalism.<p>Describing the industry’s “dire straits”, Oliver devoted …

Journalism

John Oliver’s clickbait version of the ‘Spotlight’ movie is depressing

John Oliver isn't shy about criticizing the media — his HBO program, "Last Week Tonight," is a fake news show, after all — but the comedian turned his fire on news consumers Sunday, chiding those who refuse to pay for quality journalism.<p>"The truth is, a big part of the blame for this industry's …

Journalism

I don't know whether to be more offended by volleyball players covered in a burkini or exposed in bikini

If the infamous beach volleyball picture has shown us anything, it’s that no matter what you wear to play sport as a woman, you’ll always be judged …