Olivia Haber-Greenwood

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Does sexual behavior have to mimic sexual orientation?

What do you do when presented with a set of genitalia you didn’t think you were wired for?<p>When police rolled into the Stonewall Inn in the early hours of June 28, 1969, they could not have known how the patrons inside were going to react. They could not have known that the raid would spawn a series …

LGBTQI

The Ethiopians who predict an end to international aid

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1180000/1180072_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522198342_a767266b6f4d42f98f03fa14c8095b07<p><b>The rains have been poor again in this mountainous corner of north-eastern Ethiopia - the site of the 1984 famine in which hundreds of thousands of</b> …

Africa

White America is complicit: Charleston, Dylann Roof and the country’s real race war

Questioning the motivations of the Charleston shooter is worse than obtuse. It is itself an act of violence<p>In so many ways, the story of Dylann Roof, the shooting suspect who allegedly killed nine people in an historic South Carolina black church, is a parallel to the story of America itself.<p>Who, …

South Carolina

Ex Irish president: NYT should 'hang its head in shame' for balcony deaths story

Mary McAleese accuses New York Times of employing ‘lazy, tabloid stereotype’ of Irish students in article published after incident that left six dead in California<p>Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has written a stinging critique of a New York Times article portraying a “lazy, tabloid …

Journalism

Inside Out

Pixar's all-star tour of a preteen girl's head is a flat-out masterpiece<p>An 11-year-old girl wrestles with the bickering emotions inside her head. It …

8 surprising ways being poor is brutally expensive

The poor are spending more on basic necessities like shelter, transportation and clothing — with a smaller paycheck<p>It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the money pie that half of us are poor …

Personal Finance

Science Has Made a Fascinating Discovery About Fiction Readers

LIT_Blog_DTOP_BelowTitle_336x280<p>For most, the love of books starts in childhood. For others, this love blooms later, eventually revealing the vibrant …

Women deserve orgasm equality

Nicki Minaj wants her (mostly young) female audience to know that it’s OK to demand orgasms from male partners. Sex educators agree<p>There’s plenty of sexism in the world, but there’s only one type that’s actively fun to remedy. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, rapper Nicki Minaj made it …

Feminism

10 Stories the Mainstream Media Ignored While Obsessing Over #CaitlynJenner

<b>(ANTIMEDIA)</b> On Monday, the world stopped turning to focus on the recent debut of Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic athlete formerly known as Bruce. Jenner, …

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Huge Protests Against Gender Violence In Argentina

After the killing of Chiara Páez, protests have erupted across the country demanding an end to gender-based violence. BuzzFeed News interviewed the organizers of the massive protests, women who have suffered abuse, and activists.<p>"This is a worldwide problem but, in Argentina in particular, there …

'Female viagra': FDA panel backs Flibanserin with safety restriction

A coalition of women’s groups and the drug’s manufacturer advocated for approval of the pill, Flibanserin – but others advised agency to remain cautious<p>Government health experts are backing an experimental drug intended to boost the female sex drive, but stress that it must carry safety …

The Brain

Leah McLaren: Dumping hip-hop artist Action Bronson from NXNE isn’t censorship, it’s social progress

The bearded hip-hop artist Action Bronson has officially been bumped as a headlining act at the NXNE festival in Toronto later this month. This came about because one lone Toronto music fan named Erica Shiner was offended by his song <i>Consensual Rape</i>, a paean to sexual assault and the degradation of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

When I started the Warren Adler Short Story Contest in 2006 I had rather lofty ideas about integrity and fidelity to the goal of resurrecting the popularity of the short story which was in decline. I appointed qualified people, meaning people who were either authors themselves or teachers of …

Writing

NSA surveillance: Obama warns Congress against 'reckless' decision

Rand Paul declares surveillance 'war' and hints at filibuster for NSA reform<p>Read more<p>As Rand Paul threatened to “force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program”, Barack Obama on Saturday made a last-ditch plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some surveillance powers, saying it would be …

Surveillance

Monk dubbed 'Buddhist Bin Laden' targets Myanmar's persecuted Muslims

He's been described as the "Buddhist Bin Laden," but Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world's most famous fictional spy.<p>"James Bond is a nationalist," the cherub-faced monk said in a recent interview. Flashing a smile, he offered a vague recollection of a movie in which 007, in …

Why writing is like flossing

<b>3. Slowly increase the habit to a realistic level</b><p>Let’s say your goal is to write for five minutes every day after eating your lunch. For the first week you just do your five minutes each day. At the end of that week you’ve written for 25 minutes. You now need to increase the time, perhaps adding …

Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure

BUJUMBURA, Burundi BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi's capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.<p>Young people singing patriotic songs carried the coffin of politician Zedi Feruzi, stopping traffic as they marched for 90 …

Africa

Vivian Gornick: 'Most people who are writing memoirs are not writers'

Now 79, the writer has a new memoir out, and has firm views on both that form and her other lifelong passion, feminism<p>The first thing one notices about Vivian Gornick’s apartment is how spare it is. The walls are lined with tall bookshelves but there is little other element there by way of …

Literature

America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.<p>Will the United States remain the most powerful country in the world? Many think not. Those who feel this way also tend to think that China’s ascent will lead to America’s decline. Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who is not a …

Political Science

Top 10 rural noir novels

From James M Cain to Flannery O’Connor, novelist Tom Bouman chooses the best fiction showing the dark side of American country life<p>“Rural noir” is a 21st-century term used to describe a stream of American literature that has been flowing since the 19th century. We’ve had dark, dangerous stories set …

Books

Soldier 'shot dead by police' in Burundi protest clashes

The reported death comes amid high tensions between the police and army in the wake of a failed coup by a top general<p>Burundian police shot dead a soldier during clashes with demonstrators on the streets of the capital Bujumbura on Wednesday, a witness and soldier said, amid high tensions between …

Three fiction debuts worth a read

<b>The Ghost Network</b><p><i>By Catie Disabato, Melville House, 288 pages, $16.95</i><p>Newly vaulted to the empyrean of pop stardom, Molly Metropolis (think Lady Gaga meets Janelle Monáe) is due on stage at a major performance when she vanishes without a trace. After the police fail to turn up any leads, Molly's …

Books

The Shakers — the ones who made furniture and hated sex — were not only ahead of their time on women’s rights, they were ahead of ours, too

The Shakers believed in one unassailable truth: That equality of the sexes is a human right<p>Most of us have read the stats—that 25 percent of women on American college campuses report surviving rape or attempted rape; that it will take 75 years for all American women to receive equal pay for equal …

Feminism

The disturbing differences in what men want in their wives and their daughters

When asked what qualities they want in in a wife, American heterosexual men said they value "attractive" and “sweet” women, a national survey recently found. Only 34 percent, however, said they wanted a romantic partner who is "independent."<p>But the story changes when respondents considered the …

Pew Research Center

Bush Finally Lets Loose on Obama

In a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors on Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date …

Venezuelan President Confronts Obama At Summit Of The Americas

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he will hand U.S. President Barack Obama a petition with more than 11 million signatures asking him to repeal sanctions. Karla Zabludovsky reports from Panama City, Panama.<p>PANAMA CITY, Panama — It was Cuba's moment, with the island being invited to …

Venezuela

Syrian girl's 'surrender' to photographer caught in heartbreaking image

A little girl stands in a refugee camp, hands raised in surrender, a look of fear on her face.<p>The photo of four-year-old Hudea has quickly become a …

Photography

8 Things I Learned When I Realized I Didn’t Love Him

Yes- I was one of those girls who defined herself by the relationship she had. To my friends, my family, my blog followers, I had the ideal …