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Today, The Atlantic published a fascinating report on the despicable state of sex ed in Mississippi. The piece, by Andy Kopsa, outlines the obstacles facing sex ed advocates in a state that is famously the most religious in the nation, and also has the highest teen birth rate in the country. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58% of high school-aged students in Mississippi have had sex, and 35% did not use protection. These statistics make a lot of sense, considering the fact that Mississippi public schools have only recently been required to provide sex ed. Read More
It’s hard to believe that less than a century has gone by since the 19th amendment was passed into law. But 100 years ago, the women’s suffrage movement was still going strong in its pursuit of voting rights for women. Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the massive 1913 women’s suffrage parade in Washington D.C., which occurred the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. The Atlantic has compiled some amazing images from that day, which saw 8,000 marchers convene for the cause. Read More

Girrrrl Talk

BY Amy Zimmerman in General

Creaky Voice and the use of like to, like, introduce a quotation are two female-pioneered vocal trends that have gained universal recognition. Now we can add word elongation to the list. In an Atlantic article this week, Jen Doll wrestles with the peculiarities and origins of this rampant habit. Michael Erard, a linguist who was interviewed for the piece, explains, “When people talk, they use intonation in a number of varied and subtle ways…there’s a lot of emotional nuance that can be conveyed that you can’t do in writing. Read More