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The Songwriters Hall Of Fame Only Nominated 6 Women — & It’s A Major Problem

The Songwriters Hall Of Fame Only Nominated 6 Women — & It’s A Major...

This year’s nominees, who become eligible after writing songs for 20 years, include three female solo artists: Carey, Patti Smith, and Gloria Estefan. The Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox, country songwriter Kye Fleming, and Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens were nominated alongside their male co-writing partners. The other all-male nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame include Outkast,…
The firing of McDonald’s CEO won’t solve the chain’s sexual harassment problem

The firing of McDonald’s CEO won’t solve the chain’s sexual harassment problem

The CEO of McDonald’s was booted from the company Friday after the board of directors discovered that he had a consensual romantic relationship with an employee. Stephen Easterbrook, who has been the top executive at McDonald’s since 2015, stepped down for his “poor judgment” in violating the company’s code of conduct, according to an SEC…
Halloween costumes have a size problem

Halloween costumes have a size problem

When Disguise Costumes released a “sassy” — read: “sexy” — Ursula-style costume for The Little Mermaid fans in 2012, it only came in straight sizes — no plus sizes. Critics immediately fired back. Ursula, as they rightly noted, is a sea witch of substance. “It’s outrageously exclusionary,” a blogger named Tavie wrote at the time.…
The Brett Kavanaugh allegations and the problem with “boys will be boys”

The Brett Kavanaugh allegations and the problem with “boys will be boys”

This weekend, in an essay adapted from a forthcoming book, the New York Times broke the story that Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing a third allegation of sexual misconduct. Then, almost immediately, the paper plunged itself into controversy over a tweet it used to promote its scoop. “Having a penis thrust in your…
Social media’s conspiracy theory problem isn’t going away

Social media’s conspiracy theory problem isn’t going away

After convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in jail this past weekend, conspiracy theories surrounding his death almost immediately jumped to the top of Twitter’s trending recommendation page. #ClintonBodyCount and tweets mentioning the Clintons — and the baseless conspiracy theories that the Clintons have orchestrated many murders over decades — were widely circulated…
The Mississippi ICE raids expose the biggest problem with US immigration laws

The Mississippi ICE raids expose the biggest problem with US immigration laws

A Mississippi community is reeling from the aftermath of one of the largest worksite immigration raids in history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers swept through seven chicken processing plants in the rural region of Morton Wednesday, arresting 680 suspected unauthorized workers. Dozens of children arrived home from school to find their parents gone. ICE…
Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart

Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart

Republican leaders are again saying video games are the problem. After two deadly mass shootings over the weekend in Ohio and Texas, which killed more than 30 people thus far, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that “video games that dehumanize individuals” are the problem. There is plenty of research debunking video games as the…
America’s gun problem, explained

America’s gun problem, explained

Over the weekend, it happened again: another mass shooting in America. This time, a shooter killed three people and injured at least 12 others at a festival in Gilroy, California. “Does anyone think that a child being murdered at food festival was what James Madison had in mind with 2nd Amendment?” the Coalition to End…
A school district was accused of “lunch-shaming” policies. It’s a national problem.

A school district was accused of “lunch-shaming” policies. It’s a national problem.

A Rhode Island school district recently got national attention for its misguided attempt to get students to pay for past-due lunch debts. Starting this week, public school students in Warwick, Rhode Island, with unpaid lunch balances would no longer receive hot food, the district announced on Sunday. Instead, those students would receive sunflower butter and…
20 years after Columbine, the guns are still the problem

20 years after Columbine, the guns are still the problem

Twenty years ago, at Columbine High School in Colorado, two student shooters killed 13 people and themselves — a mass shooting so shocking that it would have been hard to imagine it would ever begin to seem routine. In the shooting’s aftermath, it seemed a lot of people wanted to talk about everything but gun…

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