Quickies: The God Gap, Zika Virus and the Abortion Debate, and the Price of Being a Woman
- One Woman’s Reaction To Every ‘White Man’s Sentence’ – ” ‘In case you haven’t realized, it’s somehow become necessary for old white men to tell me how to speak.’ That’s how Melissa Lozada-Oliva begins her powerful spoken word poem ‘Like Totally Whatever’ that she performed at the 2015 National Poetry Slam earlier this month. Lozada-Oliva details the subtle sexism engrained in the critiques of how women speak.” I LOVE this! From Courtney.
- The Bacterium Disappearing From Our Stomachs – “A primer on the gut bacterium Helicobacter pylori, and the controversy surrounding it.”
- The Rise Of The ‘God Gap’ – “Marco Rubio’s plan for the final days before the Iowa caucuses, according to The Washington Post, is to talk about God … a lot. And with all the focus on the evangelical Christian vote in Iowa — they make up nearly 60 percent of Republican caucus-goers and are credited with powering Ted Cruz into the top tier of the race — Rubio’s plan isn’t surprising. But the media’s focus on evangelical Christians misses the larger story: The best predictor of vote choice, according to work by political scientists Robert Putnam of Harvard and David Campbell of Notre Dame, is religiosity, not religious affiliation; Putnam and Campbell call it the ‘God gap.’ “
- Zika Virus Isn’t The First Disease To Spark A Debate About Abortion – “In the 1960s, abortion was illegal in the United States. But an outbreak of rubella (commonly known as German measles or three-day measles) brought the issue of abortion up for public debate. As a result of the national conversations, more Americans came to empathize with those mothers who had an illicit abortion. That was nearly a decade before Roe v. Wade ushered in the era of legal abortions.”
- Women are overcharged every day. Imagine if that happened to men – “In December, an investigation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that in a study of nearly 800 products – from toys to personal items like shampoo – many were priced differently for men and women. Men’s razors went for $14.99, for example, while the same razors marketed toward women were being sold for $18.49. A pink Radio Flyer children’s scooter in pink was double the price of a red ‘boys’ ‘ version. In total, the investigation found that of the products they looked at, items were priced on average 7% more for women than those for men.”