Ebola and the Fortune 400
Published October 9, 2014
Data from the World Bank tell us why Liberians are dying on tarps on the ground while Americans are being cared for in super-sterile, high-tech hospital wards. Were Liberia (GDP $1.9 billion) an American individual, it would squeak into the Forbes 400 at about No. 335, next to a guy who made a bundle leasing […]
Bernard Baran, RIP
Published September 11, 2014
On September 1, Bernard “Bee” Baran died of an apparent aneurysm while sitting on his couch with his niece Crystal Squires and his partner, David Colarusso. Baran was the first American falsely convicted in the daycare sexual-abuse panics of the 1980s and ’90s. He was 19 when he walked into Massachusetts’ Walpole State Prison. He […]
To stop campus rape, let kids grow up
Published August 14, 2014
To be equal, women must recognize themselves as adults, neither allowing men to abuse them nor expecting men to protect them. For men to grow up, they must recognize women as equals, people like themselves. Equality, not protection, is the antidote to sexual violence. Read more. Published in Seven Days, August 13, 2014.
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Are Women Free?
Published July 17, 2014
Hobby Lobby is about health. It is about equality. It is about religion and when life begins. But, like all disputes over contraception and abortion, this case holds at its heart something else — something as important as life, perhaps more profound than equality, and rarely talked about when we talk about abortion: freedom. Read […]
Considering Baby Killings, and Justice
Published June 19, 2014
In Vermont, two babies die at the hands of their parents. The adults are called monsters. Cries for justice rise. Who would kill a child? Why? What would justice look like? Read more. Published in Seven Days, June 18, 2014.
Two ways to fix inequality
Published April 3, 2014
Raise wages or tax the rich. Either way, the government has to act. Read more at Seven Days.
Sex work is work
Published July 13, 2013
It was A Tale of Two Migrants: Farmworker and Sex Worker. The Mexican migrant farmworkers, mostly men, were organized. Meanwhile, attempts were made to “rescue” the “Asian” women — as they were described in the press — who worked at a couple of massage parlors in Burlington, Vermont.
Published May 28, 2013
No one — not even reproductive rights advocates — will ever say motherhood is a bad idea. It often is. My poli psy column on a particularly pro-natalist Mother’s Day month.
Mommy Wars Part 601,789
Published March 29, 2013
“The feminist revolution started in the workplace and now it’s happening at home,” says Kelly Makino, a stay-at-home, putatively “Feminist Housewife,” in Lisa Miller’s cover story in New York Magazine last week. “I feel like in today’s society women who don’t work are bucking the convention we were raised with … Why can’t we just […]
Savita’s Death: A Warning
Published December 9, 2012
A medical killing in Ireland teaches us why we should be radical about abortion rights. More at Seven Days.