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What the Middle Ages Show About Women Leaders

Medieval rulers employed multiple styles of leadership—defying the simple binaries of contemporary stereotypes.<p>Hillary Clinton’s victory in Iowa marks the first time a woman has won the presidential caucuses there. Enter the latest round of gender-based speculations about female candidates’ …

Women Leaders

The Special Few Who Are Getting Raises in This Economy

Not everybody’s wages are stagnant. Those who are switching jobs are seeing their earnings go up.<p>The big-picture numbers that people rely on to describe how the economy is doing currently look pretty good: Unemployment is around 5 percent (which is considered very healthy by economists, because …

Economics

Bill Clinton Goes on the Attack

The former president’s heated assault on Bernie Sanders is a reminder of how the Clintons have long reacted to any opposition.<p>One of my oldest Hillary Clinton memories: Twenty-six years ago, I stood in the second-floor rotunda of the Arkansas Capitol half-listening to a news conference by Tom …

Government

The Evangelical Roots of American Economics

As the discipline began to emerge, a group of passionately religious academics wanted it to become a tool for limiting child labor and fighting poverty.<p>From its earliest days, the American college was a Protestant enterprise. Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton were all founded to educate …

War

A Blow to Facebook in India

Regulators have banned the company’s Free Basics program and services like it that provide limited Internet access in developing countries.<p>Is limited Internet access for hundreds of millions of people superior to unlimited Internet access, as enjoyed by a limited set of the population? Indian …

Net Neutrality

The ancient (and largely forgotten) secret to super-orgasms

Hailed as the ultimate sexercise, pompoir allows women to drive the sexual experience without thrusting or rocking<p>Most of us know how to have sex. There’s not much to “get,” right? In hetero sex, penis goes in vagina, penis goes out, repeat, then (hopefully) climax. But there's a female-centered …

Acquainted

How to Be More Assertive and Hold Your Ground in a Conversation

It can be rough when you don't feel like you're heard in a conversation, but it can be even worse when someone hears exactly what you're saying and …

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

Millennials: $2,000 Poorer Than Their Parents Were at the Same Age

More young people are living in poverty and fewer have jobs compared their parents' generation, the Baby Boomers, in 1980.<p>The past is another country. In 1980, the typical young worker in Detroit or Flint, Michigan, earned more than his counterpart in San Francisco or San Jose. The states with the …

Demographics

Lena Dunham on sexism in Hollywood: No one thought Woody Allen was “a real perv”

The “Girls” star sat down with Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, Jenji Kohan and Emily Nussbaum to talk politics & sexism<p>In the aptly named Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel at this year's Sundance Festival, moderator Emily Nussbaum hosted some political real talk between Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, …

Feminism

“Ignorance is reigning supreme”: Rula Jebreal on Charlie Hebdo, Bill Maher & our inane foreign policy

Foreign policy analyst tells Salon why only cooperating with Muslim communities will thwart extremism and hate<p>"Where are the moderate Muslims?" It's a cry you're guaranteed to come across, not only on Fox News or in the pages of the New York Post, whenever there's a horrible attack like the one in …

Political Science

“Gangs of Wasseypur”: India’s explosive crime epic may be the next “Oldboy”

A blood-soaked, operatic blend of Tarantino and Bollywood, this crime saga takes Indian cinema to a new level<p>Explosive, violent and profane from its very first seconds, the crime epic “Gangs of Wasseypur” simultaneously feels like a celebration of Indian cinema and an attempt to blow it up and …

The Arts

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe<p><b>David Edmonds: One way to exercise my freedom would be to act unpredictably, perhaps not to have a typical introduction to a "Philosophy Bites" interview, or to cut it abruptly short</b> …

“Feminism is just owning your s*** and feeling good about your decisions”: Salon talks with the hosts of “Guys We F**ked”

Podcast hosts Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson discuss sex, slut-shaming and what “comedy with a purpose” means<p>Before I met Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson at an East Village coffee shop, I knew a few basic things about the comedians. Fisher is Jewish and grew up in New Jersey, likes …

The year in John Oliver: How “Last Week Tonight” redefined political comedy

We lost “The Colbert Report” in 2014, but gained “Last Week Tonight.” Here were our favorite segments<p>Even before the debut of his inaugural hosting gig, "Last Week Tonight," it would've been hard to mistake John Oliver for some sort of comedy slouch. He had, after all, proven his bona fides time …

The horrible year in cable news (pt. 1): How we all lost our minds

From Ebola to ISIS to the vanishing airplanes, televised fearmongers were out of control in 2014<p>2014 was the year our nightmares came true: planes fell out of the sky, a gruesome virus killed thousands, a terrorist organization made its way through the Middle East, decapitating Americans on camera …

The horrible year in cable news: Attack of the horrible rich guys

Why 2014 was a banner year for clueless rich people saying horrible things on television<p>Were people always this horrible, or is it just that we're all newly allowing our bigotry to surface?<p>If 2013 was the year of leaning in, then 2014 has been the year of leaning the fuck out. And if, …

When guys find out I’m a virgin

Dating is hard — especially when you’re a 26-year-old woman who wants to save sex until marriage<p>There’s no good time to tell a guy you’re a virgin. First date? Too much, too soon. Wait until the third date and you risk being considered a tease. Second date? Perhaps, but at this point you’re both …

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, …

5 Proactive Ways To Be A Dependable Person

Being small has its perks, but it also has its cons—such as no one rarely trusts you with the big stuff. Whether at work or school, I find it …

Self-improvement

Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM?

Some critics say the recent obsession with science and tech compromises other parts of kids' education.<p>In late October, Alaska Airlines pledged a $1 million donation to a science and engineering program to educate up to 650 Alaska native middle schoolers. “Our goal is to make sure that as many …

This Diet Has Been Linked to a Longer Life—Again

It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s populations with the longest lifespans live along the Mediterranean coast. The climate there ensures …

Holistic Medicine

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

10 Instinctive Decisions You Will Regret Forever

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>Perspective is a funny thing. Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future unpredictable. Look back and all the dots seem to connect... except the dots …

Motivation

Why Insecurity Is A Good Thing

In our modern self-help-infused culture, we treat insecurity like the archenemy.<p>Everyone seems to be in agreement that it’s not only un-evolved or …

Self-help

What Will Get You Hired Isn't on Your Resume

Data shows that a candidate with a personal referral is much more likely to land an offer.<p>It’s the holiday season, and millions of people are about to get a flood of unsolicited career advice from older relatives.<p>Most of it will be useless.<p>You don’t need to be told that a resume should be clear, …

6 Stressful Thoughts And How You Deal With Them | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ll have to admit, I’m not the best person to connect with when I’m in a stressful mood. I become grumpy, irritated and easily angry. I’m well aware …

Self-help

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie

It is 4.18am. In the fireplace, where logs burned, there are now orange lumps that will soon be ash. Orion the Hunter is above the hill. Taurus, a …

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

How does a sunset work? We love to look at one, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth-graders to really think about it, to wonder and question.<p>So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of …

When You Start Being Yourself, These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen

When you were a little kid, you had a personality, flaws, endearing qualities and behaviors that defined you as a mini human being. As you grew up, …