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How sex workers are using Twitter to tell their own stories

Here’s one way Twitter is not toxic for feminism — it gives sex workers a voice in the public sphere<p>Since sex workers are marginalized and often criminalized, they have historically had limited ability to speak without intermediaries. Instead, their stories and voices are framed by journalists, or …

Can a stint in rehab redeem Rob Ford the politician?

<i>Ivor Tossell writes about online culture, urban affairs and technology</i><p>For a moment Wednesday night – just for a moment – it seemed that Rob Ford had finally faced reality. When the news broke that Toronto's mayor was taking a leave to tackle his addictions, it seemed for a few shining minutes that …

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This Is The End for Rob Ford

Rob Ford is leaving at last, and he's dragging the last shreds of Toronto's optimism along with him.<p><b>So today it has come to this:</b> Rob Ford, Toronto's mayor in name only, leaving his house with a suitcase and a passport application, presumably on his way to rehab somewhere far from the booming glass …

Homophobia

The 75 Things Every Man Should Do

All the escapism a man might resolve to experience while living on this planet. And then some.<p>All the escapism a man might resolve to experience while living on this planet. And then some.

Barbarians In Oklahoma

<i>But when silence or tricks of language contribute to maintaining an abuse that must be reformed or a suffering that can be relieved, then there is no other solution but to speak out and show the obscenity hidden under the verbal cloak.</i>--Albert Camus, <i>Reflections On The Guillotine</i><p><b>I am saying this</b> …

Eighth Amendment

Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls reportedly sold as brides to militants for $12, relatives say

Samson Dawah was nervous. For two weeks, he had waited for any bit of information regarding his niece, who was among the 234 Nigerian school girls likely kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This week, he gathered his extended family. He had news but also an unusual request. He asked that …

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