- LSE Business Review – Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man
“Quotas aren’t anathema to meritocracy: they increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men.”
- White Women Are Less Likely to Protect Black Women From Sexual Assault, Study Finds | Teen Vogue
- Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk – ProPublica
- Women Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted More Often During Oral Arguments, Despite Talking Less
Gender is far more influential a factor than seniority.
- Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year – The Washington Post
- Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States with Legal Weed
Jeff Sessions, of course, doesn’t give a shit. The willingness to have more people die in order to preserve the moral purity of one’s anti-drug stance is, to me, perhaps the most bewildering conservative position. (Think also of the needle exchange issue.)
- Toxic masculinity is bad for the Jews
“It’s not an accident that the JDL is trying for a comeback in the US now. Fascism, white nationalism, Trumpism, are ascendent, and so is antisemitism.”
- Complaint Alleges Immigration Detention Center Sexual Assaults Are Ignored | Teen Vogue
- KY law would allow student groups to discriminate against LGBT people | TheHill
This is what “religious freedom” means to the Christian right – the right of a (taxpayer-funded)
Frisbee Clubstudent club to exclude queers. (In theory the law is limited to “religious or political” student groups. Sincere thanks to Michael for the correction.)
- Election 2016: Did New Voting Laws Tip the Balance?
The answer: No, it didn’t, according to this study. In fact, voter suppression laws may have hurt Trump more, because – in a reverse of what typically happens – in 2016 Republicans had more first-time voters, who are more likely to be deterred; and perhaps also because Democrats mitigated voter suppression laws through get out the vote efforts.
- Few Democratic voters back Syria bombings. So why do so many Democrats in Congress? – Vox
- The Debate Link: What We Now Know About Sex Discrimination
“In a landmark decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that discrimination on basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination, prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.”
- My Third April Fools’ Confession | Thing of Things“In Patria, it is generally agreed upon that every man a woman has sex with the month before she conceives a child is that child’s father. … Most children have five to ten fathers. Of course, few women have five to ten lovers at any given time; it is usual, when a woman decides to try to conceive, for her to choose a small number of beloved friends to have sex with once or twice.”
- Doctor Who’s Bill Potts to be show’s first openly gay companion | Television & radio | The Guardian
Captain Jack was openly bi, I thought? Although he was more of an occasional guest star than a companion.
- GOP lawmaker: The Bible says ‘if a man will not work, he shall not eat’ – The Washington Post
This was said to justify cutting SNAP (aka food stamps).
- Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
- FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One – The Daily Beast
He wrote software that hackers (and also, legit users) have used.
- Mike Pence’s Marriage and the Beliefs That Keep Women from Power – The New Yorker
- The American economy isn’t actually becoming more concentrated – Vox
In short: In the past, a lot of people moved to areas where economic growth was concentrated, and this was good. Today, economic growth is concentrated in coastal cities like San Francisco; but people don’t move there, because the rent is too damn high, because we have too many single-family houses and not enough apartment buildings.
- If I Ran The Zoo: 16 recommendations for Fixing Obamacare
- Kansas’ Governor Brownback Stops 150,000 Poor People From Getting Health Care
- No, Diversity Didn’t Kill Marvel’s Comic Sales – CBR
But it’s frightening to see how much their sales have collapsed – including in their best-selling comics about white men. If they don’t find a way to stop that trend it’s hard to see how they stay in business as a comics publisher.
- No, millennial men don’t want to keep women in the kitchen.
How bad statistics leads to a clickbaity headline about sexist millennials.
- Joss Whedon’s ‘Batgirl’ movie reveals a weakness in a key argument for diversity – The Washington Post
I think a more compelling argument for diverse creators is, we’re leaving talent lying on the table. (See link #1).
- The Death of the White Working Class Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
- And also: Is white mortality rising? Not really.
- Why It’s Time to Legalize Prostitution – The Daily Beast
- New poll shows what Americans really think about taxes: the rich should pay more – Vox
- Even among lower-income Republicans. But the poll could have asked more nuanced questions, imo.
- Settling the birth-order debate once and for all – The Globe and Mail
Birth order has no effect on personality, according to the largest study yet done. First born children are smarter on average – but only by a single IQ point.
- Speaking of legalizing prostitution, I had an argument about that over at A Moment of Cerebus, which took place first on this thread, and then on this thread.
- Lies, damned lies and sex work statistics – The Washington Post
- Students Blockade Athenaeum to Protest Conservative Speaker
Not only is this behavior wrong morally (because censorship), the speaker – Heather MacDonald – will only have her profile raised by this. I would be surprised if she doesn’t get more bookings because of the publicity this brought her.
- I’m kinda in love with this cover of We Will Rock You by Max Raabe.
- The voting rights issue no one talks about: Ending the disenfranchisement of felons will strengthen democracy – Salon.com
This is an issue that swings some congressional elections.
- Nation’s largest Jewish denomination encourages congregations to protect undocumented immigrants
Although the way ICE been acting lately, I’m not sure they wouldn’t enter a synagogue to arrest someone.
- Creationist ‘teach the controversy’ bill presented in Iowa Legislature
The bill also requires schools that teach students about climate change to also teach them climate denialism. This is what conservatism stands for – anti-science, pro-lying to students.
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