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A Journey Into the Heart of Facebook

How the “sharing” company’s data centers reveal its values<p>We are running late to the Facebook Data Center. I keep checking my watch, as if the seconds might start moving backwards if I stare hard enough. This is not a particularly safe way to drive. I am, apparently, more concerned with being late …

Time I
Feminism

Sorority Secrets: The Dark Side of Sisterhood That No One's Willing to Talk About

It may be 2015, but Greek life is wreaking havoc in surprising new ways.<p>When Emma*, a senior at a Southeastern University, was a freshman, a fraternity member recorded one of her pledge sisters having drunken sex with a brother at a mixer and passed the video around his house. The pledge sister …

Fraternities

Our Desperate, 250-Year-Long Search for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun

All of a sudden Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia decided to revive the crazymaking debate regarding the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection for …

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on <i>The Twilight Zone</i>. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so …

Parenting

Kristin Beck: A Navy SEAL in Transition

Back when she was a member of SEAL Team 6—Kristin Beck liked to grow her beard real long. But as disguises go, that was nothing compared with the life she lived as a man. What’s it take, and how does it feel, for a paragon of masculinity to travel so far to find her true self?<p>Winter 1996<p>Chris Beck …

Stranger Things

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

The key to understanding the rise in inequality isn’t technology or globalization. It’s the power of the moneyed interests to shape the underlying …

The Refugee Dilemma

What do we owe those we take in?<p>Nelson Kargbo was eleven years old when rebel soldiers attacked his village, Kamalo, in northern Sierra Leone. He was playing soccer on a dirt field at the edge of the village. When he saw houses on fire, he and his best friend, Foday, ran toward the jungle, …

Empathy

Redefining Feminism

The state of women in America<p>by Carly Fiorina<p>When I was a little girl, my mother told me: “What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of …

Whale Watch

We bounced along, and John talked about his early days working on sonar, back in the 1970s. He recalled slapping crude time-depth recorders made from …

Whales

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

Income Inequality

What Life Really Costs at $7.25 an Hour

It Takes 74 Minutes of Minimum-Wage Work to Buy a Sara Lee Apple Pie<p><b>By Billy Domineau</b><p><b>5,859</b> hours<p>for a 20% down payment on a median-priced U.S.</i> …

Affordable Care Act

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money.<p>My wife leans in. A year ago, after nine hours of labor, she received an epidural and immediately asked me to pass the iPad so she could send a note to work. I suggested …

Best way to solve homelessness? Give people homes – Susie Cagle

David Hogue isn’t sure that he should tell me his name. He sits in a back office in the shelter where he has lived for the past 18 months, hands …

Homelessness

How the Web Became Our 'External Brain,' and What It Means for Our Kids

Recently, my two-year-old nephew Benjamin came across a copy of <i>Vanity Fair</i> abandoned on the floor. His eyes scanned the glossy cover, which shone …