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How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein Culture Featured 

How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein

(Conversation) – The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that “this way of treating women ends now.” As an Argentinean woman who studies gender in the media, I find it hard to be surprised by Weinstein’s misdeeds. Machismo remains deeply ingrained in Latin American society, yes, but even female political leaders in supposedly gender-equal paradises like Norway and Switzerland have told me that they are criticized more in the press and held to a higher standard than their male counterparts. How could they not Read More

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Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em: Nevada Has Biggest US Pot Opening Yet Culture 

Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em: Nevada Has Biggest US Pot Opening Yet

Nevada, United States (Sputnik) – In its first month of legality, the recreational use of marijuana has generated an unprecedented $3.68 million in tax revenue for the state of Nevada in the biggest pot sale opening month of any US state on record. Following a long and sometimes bitter feud to legalize the long-proscribed recreational use of the plant, the state of Nevada saw an unmatched $27.1 million in pot sales in its opening month of July, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Sales of the mild euphoriant far outstripped those of other states during its first month of legality according to sources, as a 10 percent retail tax and a Read More

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In Praise Of Virtue Signaling Culture 

In Praise Of Virtue Signaling

(FEE) – Virtue signaling shouldn’t be vilified; it’s just a part of human interaction. ccusations of “virtue signaling” have become ubiquitous in online debate. It’s practically a Law of the Internet that, as soon as a controversial opinion is expressed, a commenter will appear to magnanimously and courageously set the record straight by explaining that, actually, it should be ignored because the author is just trying to look good for his or her in-group. Yet despite the horror with which internet lurkers recoil at the slightest hint of it, the practice of virtue signaling is not a bad thing, and Read More

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‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders Featured Justice 

‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders

Massachusetts, United States (Sputnik) – A state auditor has found that 1,769 sex offenders registered in the state of Massachusetts are unaccounted for, their whereabouts unknown. Of that number, 197 are classified as having a high risk of repeating their crimes at some point in the future. State auditor Suzanne Bump was reviewing the Massachusetts Sexual Offenders Registry Board (SORB) and found that nearly 1,800 of the state’s 21,808 convicted offenders were unaccounted for. “What we found was an agency that really wasn’t able to meet its mission of properly classifying or tracking individuals who were supposed to be registered sex offenders,” said Read More

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Women and war: after Afghanistan, there’s a chance to deploy gender-led approaches to conflict Culture 

Women and war: after Afghanistan, there’s a chance to deploy gender-led approaches to conflict

United Kingdom (Conversation) – As a member of the Royal Navy, I never really thought that being a woman affected my work. Whether I was making safety decisions about flying helicopters or participating in operational planning, my contribution was listened to and respected. I wasn’t sidelined or disadvantaged for being a woman in a military largely populated by men. I was just one of the team. I joined Britannia Royal Naval College straight from school so I grew up in the institution. As a young recruit, I knuckled down to basic training and got on with it, accepting the Read More

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Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present Culture Food 

Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present

Mexico (GV) – Mexico City has gradually turned its back on traditional drinks and foods. With the arrival of large multinational commercial consortiums and fast-food chains that have branches in virtually every neighborhood in the city, the dishes and brews that grandparents and other ancestors consumed run the risk of falling into disuse or disappearing. Here we’ll take a look at two of the drinks that fall into this category. Tepache Tepache is a low-alcohol drink, similar to beer but sweet. Its current form has an intense amber color and is made primarily of fermented pineapple, sweetened with piloncillo (panela) and seasoned with cinnamon and Read More

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Radical feminists’ objection to sex work is profoundly un-feminist Culture Featured 

Radical feminists’ objection to sex work is profoundly un-feminist

World (Conversation) – Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is part of a series exploring sex work and regulatory reform. While women’s libbers have spent decades fighting to get us dominion over our own bodies, radical feminists have spent almost as long trying to insert caveats. Apparently there are right and egregiously wrong ways to use our bodies – more specifically our genitals – particularly when dollars are involved. For “radfems”, sex work is a metonym for the sins of patriarchy and something that can only ever lead us Read More

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US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Politics 

US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington DC (Sputnik) – On Friday, US President Donald Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A political ally of Trump, Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America.” He was pardoned less than a month after being convicted in a criminal contempt case stemming from his department’s racial profiling activities. Trump strongly hinted that he would pardon Arpaio in an August 14 interview with Fox News, saying he was “seriously considering” it. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him,” the president said. At Read More

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