My hypothetical $200.
Here’s a study: Dudes with sisters have more primitive ideas about gender roles than dudes without sisters, mostly because the dudes with sisters likely grew up watching their sisters do the dishes and dust while they got to, idk, play Madden.
And please recall: Dude CEO’s (are there any other kind, lol) who have daughters are more likely to have a smaller wage gap between men and women in the companies they run.
So, we must conclude: Have a son, but only one. And then make (“make”) that son have a daughter, but only one, and then we’ll be on our way to creating a super race of dudes who know women do more than housework and properly compensate them for it.
Three years ago Melissa Petro wrote a column for HuffPo about being a sex worker; as a result, she lost her job as a teacher. Today she makes her living writing and talking about sex work, by choice but also by necessity. She writes about the double standard for men and women after scandal for New York. (“I would be fine with Spitzer’s return to politics if sex workers were allowed the same dignity of returning to normalcy. But apologizing and getting my career back wasn’t exactly an option our society supports.”)
George Packer’s New Yorker piece on the speaking circuit for former presidents and secretaries of state and other people not named Clinton is delicious with details how who got paid how much for what. So good. Central to the piece is this quote from Harry S. Truman, who refused such engagements and spent many years after his presidency very poor: “I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the Presidency.”
Packer writes: “Truman’s gesture now seems exceedingly old-fashioned. Today, no one refuses the money.”
That rich people don’t think they’re rich is nothing new, but the studies that confirm it are good to read every now and then if only to remind oneself that money doesn’t buy happiness, satisfaction (for most people, at least—of course it would for us). Two of the “top insights” from this new UBS report: “Wealth equals no financial constraints” (sounds nice) and “cash is still ‘king’” (quotation marks theirs).
“Barring medical breakthroughs, the Alzheimer’s Association expects the number of those 65 and over with Alzheimer’s to grow to 7.1 million by 2025.”
PUNCH! Isn’t that sentence just so !!!!
The article that sentence is in is about assisted living centers and their policies regarding the sexual lives of residents, and it’s very much worth reading, because you know, barring medical breakthroughs, that’s us in about 50 years.
At Salon, Josh Eidelson examines how the plight of the guest worker is really the plight of the American worker. (‘”It’s become really, really clear to us,’ said [Saket Soni, the executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance], that ‘what’s at stake is not merely lower wages but the transformation of entire industries, and the disappearance of rights, respect, and a contract. In effect, guest workers are used to push the bottom even further down.’”)
More on Obama and Race. At The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta dug this up: “‘What I will always remember,’ [Katie Rosman] wrote in 2008, ‘is as I was leaving that party … I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect. What a country.’”
JK spend all your money, every dollar you have. Slurpees, ice coffees, ice teas, bottles of water, Gatorade, pool entry, lunch out so you can sit in AC, movies for the same. Rent a hotel room. Buy a plane ticket to the Yukon. Fill your bathtub with ice. Buy an AC even though it’ll make you feel like an idiot for not doing it earlier. If it gives you any respite from this miasmic doom, it’s worth it AND MORE. This kind of heat kills people. Buy that ice pop.
Molly McAleer got called a dumb girl by a dude at a party and she wrote about what that meant to her and what it should mean to you and I like the way she approaches the world. (“This dude called me a dumb girl. A dumb girl. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A dumb girl??? Like, is it even legal to call someone that anymore?”)
The BBC recently asked two Ivory Coast residents—one middle class, living on $20 a day, and one surviving just above the poverty line at $2 a day—how they get by.
Collector’s Weekly has a fascinating interview with Robin Nagle, an anthropologist who has spent much of her life studying trash (literal trash) and embedding herself with the New York City Department of Sanitation for a decade. She explains how New York was just the filthiest city with garbage and dead animals filling the streets for months at a time until a Civil War officer named George Waring took charge of sanitation in the 1890s.