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Is 'Ladies' Lingerie' a Harmless Joke or Harassment?

A dispute among international-relations scholars puts the spotlight on a system that serves everyone poorly.<p>Last month, during a conference for scholars who study international affairs, Simona Sharoni, a professor of women's and gender studies at Merrimack College, asked a crowded hotel elevator …

Codes of Conduct

Porn “disruption” makes Stormy Daniels a rare success in increasingly abusive industry

<b>Stormy Daniels (AP/Damairs Carter)</b><p>Stormy Daniels is the rare “porn star” to find success — and was even briefly a Senate contender in 2009<p>Gail Dines • David L Levy<p>April 11, 2018 7:59am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, …

Stormy Daniels

A sexist policy may end the career of one of the world’s greatest female runners

South African superstar Caster Semenya is poised this week to become only the third woman in the history of the Commonwealth Games to win double gold in the 800-meter and 1500-meter races. But a new policy on hyperandrogenism (characterized by high testosterone) may spell the end of her illustrious …

International Olympic Committee

What Being a Sex Worker Taught Me About Men

On top of intimacy, emotional labor, and ethical sex.<p>Like most women, I’ve been sexualized more times than I can count, both with and without my permission. I’ve been told by bosses to wear a skirt next time—the shorter the better. Like nearly every woman I know, I’ve sat down in a coffee shop with …

Why do gunmakers get special economic protection?

Despite heightened scrutiny over the gun industry, it continues to receive protection. Why?<p>The gun industry is one of very few industries to have congressionally backed immunity from liabilty.<p>As a result, it’s been largely shielded from responsibility for the deaths and injuries its products cause, …

I’m a law professor, and I teach my students how to destroy American democracy

In my classes on authoritarian regimes, I used to lecture my students on how modern authoritarians have abandoned the openly repressive tactics of their predecessors. Today’s authoritarians frequently come to power by democratic elections and then erode democracy through seemingly legitimate means. …

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Obama Administration

Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

Strawberries in California are the sixth most important commodity in terms of the value of crops sold<p>Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth of meat, milk and crops. Long before nutritionists agreed that fresh fruits and …

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law

That's peanuts compared with what the Koch brothers will save.<p>Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, …

Middle-class

On Aziz Ansari And Sex That Feels Violating Even When It’s Not Criminal

If the #MeToo movement is going to last, we need to renegotiate the sexual narratives we’ve long accepted.<p>Two years ago, a friend set me up on a date. I had seen the guy at a party and we made eyes at each other, but never spoke. Over the next week, he got my number, and we started texting. We …

The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget (Video)

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.<p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes …

19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences agree are amazing

Recent Netflix original series "The End of the F***ing World" is one such program.<p>Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the British dark comedy recently won an enthusiastic endorsement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who called it the "most engaging addictive original" in a long time.<p>To figure out …

Energetic photos capture the absolute sexual liberation of 1970s New York

The 1970s were the height of personal liberation. Prior to the advent of Aids, sex was a space for experimentation by a new generation coming of age, reaping the freedoms of the sexual revolution and the women’s and gay liberation movements. Powered by a profound desire for pleasure, …

San Francisco

5 big myths sold by the defenders of capitalism

Our dominant economic system causes too many Americans too much pain<p>I’ve been writing about the economic and environmental realities of marginalized communities for some time, primarily from the perspective of positive systems that are growing to support disenfranchised people. Many of these …

The Final G.O.P. Tax Bill Is a Recipe for Even More Inequality

On Thursday, a group of leading inequality researchers, including Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, published the World Inequality Report, a panoramic study showing how, over the past thirty-seven years, the richest households in many countries have grabbed more and more of the economic pie. In a …

The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the …

Agriculture

NOWNESS

Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.

Every society has a tipping point.<p>There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists …

Pollution Kills More People Than Anything Else

The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each year than almost everything else combined – smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, murder, …

Fossil Fuels

2.9 Million Children Are Threatened by Toxic Air Pollution From Oil & Gas Development

A new analysis of state and federal data shows 2.9 million children enrolled in schools and daycares across the country are threatened by oil and gas …

Oil & Gas Industry

Reverse Robin Hood: The Historical Scam of Global Development

IN 2015, the United Nations announced that their Millennium Campaign had successfully halved the number of hungry people on earth. Poverty was …

I Never Pay Full Price for Flights—This Is Where I Book

The first time I ventured overseas I was 18 and worked two jobs to buy a return ticket to Phuket, Thailand. Determined to pay my own way, I spent …

Green vacations: 10 places that don't cost the Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking to get away safe in the knowledge they've had minimal impact on the planet's resources.<p>With 2017 named as the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the spotlight is even more on …

Costa Rica

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make | Inc.com

When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make common writing and …

Language

Here's Why Wind Farms Are Hardly The Bird Slayers They're Made Out to Be

Any way you measure it.<p>People who oppose wind farms often claim wind turbine blades kill large numbers of birds, often referring to them as "bird …

The hoarding of the American Dream

<i>Video by The Wall Street Journal</i><p><b>In a new book, a Brookings scholar examines how the upper-middle class has enriched itself and harmed economic</b> …

5 Ways to Scout Out Your Next Campsite

Custom-tailor your next foray into the great outdoors<p>Name a more iconic way to spend time with family and friends than camping. You can’t. Well, …

The 47 jobs that are most damaging to your health

A flight attendant working in close quarters with passengers is more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office, for example. Factor in the greater exposure to cosmic radiation, abnormal sleep patterns, and a less-than-clean work environment, and it's just not the …

Employment

How America's Middle Class Compares to Europe's

The U.S. middle class is smaller, but richer. Still, income inequality is rising faster in Europe.<p>American pundits and politicians love to contemplate the state of the American middle class, but we rarely get a sense of how it compares to the middle classes in other countries. A new report from the …

Income Inequality

Viewpoint: Is inequality about to get unimaginably worse?

<b>Could advances in technology, genetics and artificial intelligence lead to a world in which economic inequality turns into biological inequality? asks the historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari.</b><p>Inequality goes back at least 30,000 years.<p>Hunter-gatherers were more equal than subsequent …

Singularity