Chiraq And The ‘Sex-Strike’ Myth – “One might as well claim that sharecroppers could have ended debt-peonage if only they’d refused to pick cotton. But the kleptocrats of Mississippi did not serve at the pleasure of sharecroppers. And rapists don’t ply their trade at the leisure of women. They ply their trade through great violence–a tactic shown to be quite effective against any manner of ‘strike,’ no matter the genre.”
How a system meant to develop drugs for rare diseases broke down – “Since 2007, the US government has attempted to draw companies into this sparsely occupied space by creating an incentive program. Manufacturers who license products for specified ‘neglected’ diseases are granted the right to an expedited Food and Drug Administration review when they want to bring another product to market. It seems like a good idea — and may still be. But a number of groups that supported the program aren’t happy with how it is playing out so far. Let’s explore why.”
Paid Leave for Dads: A Feminist Issue – “Workplaces are (slowly) becoming more equal. Yet many have policies that all but ensure that households will stay stuck in the past.” From Rachelle.
How To Get Your Green Card In America – “In February 2015, the government was still processing some family-related visa applications filed as far back as August 1991. It was still processing some employment-related visa applications from December 2003. We have applicants in the system who have been waiting for legal permanent resident status for more than 20 years. Many of them are already in the U.S., paying taxes, and contributing to our economy in a multitude of ways. And yet President Obama’s executive action to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation has just been delayed by a court ruling, again. The setbacks never end.”