Leah Fitzgerald

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Dangers of traveling while female

I wanted to be a fearless adventurer like my male heroes, but a voice kept warning me: Don’t get yourself raped<p>When I was younger, I wanted to travel like Patrick Leigh Fermor, who famously spent 1934 walking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. I envisioned myself sporting leather satchels and …

What is the Origin of Twerking?

From the Charleston to the Twist to the Hustle, dance fads have always served to define their decade—though not without raising a few eyebrows from …

5 signs PR is the wrong career for you

Have you ever heard someone call public relations a “shark tank?” Well, they’re right.<p>PR is a competitive, nonstop career that will challenge you …

Twitter Experiment Lets Users Tweet Highlighted Sentences From Articles

A new feature from <i>The New York Times</i> may change the way people share and discover stories via Twitter .<p>The <i>Times</i> tested a feature it developed that …

K for Kaylee or K for Konfused?

The Four Fears That Stop You From Writing, By Andrea Phillips

<i>Today, to build off of yesterday’s paean to authorial fear, Andrea Phillips (author of the above pictured Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling</i> …

Edinburgh international book festival,Books,Culture,Neil Gaiman,Steve Jones,Ruby Wax,Alexander McCall Smith,Melvin Burgess,Ian Rankin,Patrick Ness,Michelle Paver,Alasdair Gray,Ann Widdecombe<p>The Edinburgh international book festival welcomes writers from all over the world. We've been asking writers …

Six Sources to Keep Your Skills Alive

<b>Dear Crucial Skills,</b><p>How do you recommend keeping Crucial Conversations alive in an organization once training is complete?<p>Best Regards,<br>Trainer<p><b>Dear</b> …

WTF: Teacher Gets 30 Days for Raping Student Who Then Killed Herself

A former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student who later killed herself will only spend 30 days in jail because he's …

High School

Powerful writing on miscarriage and the decisions women face when pregnancy goes wrong

At the Context and Variation blog (one of the best sources around for solid information on the science of ladybusiness, btw), an anonymous guest post …

“The Bone Season”: A dystopian thriller that delivers

A young author’s debut novel about a near-future penal colony for clairvoyants is the ideal late-summer treat<p>There's time for one last gulpable summer novel before the season ends, and the perfect candidate presents itself in Samantha Shannon's "The Bone Season." The author is young (21) and the …

I taught at the worst school in Texas

My time at Pearce was an unforgettable lesson in what the education reformers get wrong<p>J. E. Pearce Middle School sits in a part of Austin my students called the Two-Three. Short for 78723, the Two-Three is a ZIP code that better captures the broken spirit of East Saint Louis than the …

“An opera of breasts”: But I really did love putting the stories in Playboy!

I was hired to revive the literary tradition of an adult magazine. By the author of “The Affairs of Others”<p>“It’s all assholes! <i>Naked</i> assholes!” The sixty-something woman, New England born and bred, well assembled with a Roman profile and bright coral lipstick, was apoplectic. The dinner party had …

The right’s big gay dilemma: A movement divided in 2016

While Democrats are now united on LGBT rights, Chris Christie and Rand Paul foretell a juicy GOP reckoning in 2016<p>Last week, in a move that could signal the opening salvo on LGBT issues for reasonable Republicans in 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew headlines by opting to sign a bill …

School is a prison — and damaging our kids

<b>(wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock)</b><p>Longer school years aren’t the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn’t work<p>Peter Gray<p>August 26, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become …

Your private data is probably in the cloud

Recent disclosure of U.S. Internet surveillance highlights the international risks of storing information online<p>Does it matter where your computer data such as email, digital photos, personal videos, and documents resides? The Canadian Chamber of Commerce apparently doesn’t think so. It recently …

The New York Times (quietly) drops the F-bomb

“I’m delighted,” says Jonathan Lethem, whose new book provided one of the Times’ first uses of the word in print<p>At a time when a (satirical) kids' book can be titled "Go the Fuck to Sleep," the New York Times has always held the line against profanity, sometimes to the point of absurdity. A year …

How our society breeds anxiety, depression and dysfunction

Our belief in “progress” has increased our expectations. The result is mass disappointment<p>Severe, disabling mental illness has dramatically increased in the United States. “The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social …

Is it anti-science to be anti-GMOs?

Recent protests over Golden Rice run counter to scientists’ assertions that genetically modified crops are safe<p>“The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.” So asserts the consensus statement on genetically modified organisms released by …

Miley, Macklemore and the fake-sex-positive VMAs

Things are great for straight men on MTV. Everyone else is having a tougher time!<p>The talk of the Video Music Awards last night was Miley Cyrus, who -- before leaving early after she lost an award -- twerked wildly all over the body of Robin Thicke, stroking his crotch with a foam finger as the two …

Standing up to cyberbullying

Nearly half of all kids have been bullied online, many of them girls. How we can help prevent it<p>Earlier this week, my ArCompany colleague Hessie Jones wrote a damning blog post on the state of social networks and their approaches to cyberbullying.<p>It’s a powerful read and looks at both sides of the …

Why your mind keeps wandering

New brain research suggests that attention deficit begins at a physical level — and that it can be a good thing<p>Try this: Count your exhalations––1, 2, 3––all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you've trained your attention, …

Fracking’s real health risk may be from air pollution

The preliminary results of a study found some evidence for drilling-related symptoms<p>The preliminary results of a study on the health effects of fracking are mixed, the Associated Press reports: They "challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest that the problems may not be …

Measles outbreak at Texas megachurch

Vaccinations work, people<p>A visitor to a Texas megachurch infected several members of the congregation with measles USA Today reports. While the potentially disease has officially been eradicated from the Western hemisphere it can be imported from overseas:<p>The country's safety net has become more …

Russia wants to offer free “ex-gay” therapy, ban gay people from being organ and blood donors

The lawmaker behind the proposals also thinks gay pride events should be held in the dark and “without amplifiers”<p>Russian lawmakers are currently considering a proposal to offer free "ex-gay" therapy to gay Russians to enable them to "return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 …

No, smartphones are not destroying the culture

How mobile devices disrupted the singalong during a wedding weekend and it was great<p>Across the dining room table, my sister and my cousin's best man were goading each other into a sing-off. The night before, during the wedding, the best man, a professional singer from Philadelphia, had blown our …

Fox News blames feminism for Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance

Grinding up against Robin Thicke is “what the end of the road looks like for the ‘women’s liberation’ movement”<p>President and CEO of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance is, of course, very concerned for America. She is also very concerned for Miley Cyrus, and the terrible impact that …