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Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), an NYC-based media watch organization, recently conducted its third study on the diversity of commentators on NPR. NPR is known as a liberal/intellectual media haven, so its lack of diversity is particularly disappointing—especially because NPR’s strategic plan includes an impending goal of featuring “stories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and culture.” That’s pretty hard to do accurately with all white dudes as contributors. Read More
A study conducted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has found that black borrowers on average pay 29 basis points more - that’s about .3% more - than comparable white borrowers. Black women suffer the most from this disparity, receiving this different treatment more than black men do. The study was conducted using data from three waves of the U.S. Survey of Consumer Finance. This wasn’t just a fluke. If you were wondering what a small .3% difference is in dollar terms, Quartz spelled it out for us. Read More
The Birkin bag by Hermès was designed for Jane Birkin in 1984, who complained to the then-president Jean-Louis Dumas that she couldn’t find a bag that was both stylish and practical. He designed one for her, calling it the Birkin bag. The bag comes in numerous styles, but one of its most popular variations is made from crocodile skin, and costs at least $36,000. Recently, PETA has uncovered the cruel process Hermes puts alligators and crocodiles through to get the material for their luxury bags. Read More
And here I thought I was just an asshole. Research from Harvard Business school suggests that sarcasm may improve the creativity and cognitive functioning of both the giver and receiver, and their findings were published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. The research found that, while sarcasm could screw you over (so if you don’t think your coworker gets it, you should probably go easy on them), it also stimulates creativity. That’s because sarcasm activates abstract thinking. Read More
The empty chair sits next to the 35th woman in a recent New York Magazine project shedding light on Bill Cosby’s sexual assaults. Although the front-facing, emotionless women send a powerful message, the empty chair speaks louder than all of their words combined. It symbolizes the 11 women who accused Cosby of assault, but did not allow their photo to be captured for the project – even worse, it symbolizes the numerous other women who may have been assaulted and have yet to come forth. Read More
They imprisoned the female nipple. They seized our phallic eggplant emojis. And now, you can add one more casualty – Instagram has banned #goddess, too. This latest revelation continues the spate of controversial Insta-bans in recent months. #Curvy, for example, was blocked for a week for nudity – pardon me, “irrelevant pornography.” And golly, I’m ever so glad they did! Imagine me, a tenderhearted female, stumbling across a little pesky, irrelevant nudity! I wouldn’t have survived the shock. Read More
Hiya, BUSTies! The August/September issue of BUST is on newsstands today, and it’s full of goodies you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Cover girl Jenny Slate (who is taking over our Instagram today!) talks business, comedy, and being a grown-ass woman; Princess Weekes dishes on everything you need to know about IUDs; Jemaine Clement lets us into his life post-Flight of the Concords. We’ve got a round-up of fall’s best music, movies, and TV, including Beach House, Junglepussy, Grimes, Suffragette, and Samantha Bee’s new late-night talk show. Read More
Recently, Ivana Trump’s accusation of sexual assault by her ex-husband and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has resurfaced. Mr. Trump continues to vehemently deny the accusation. According to The Daily Beast, Ivana Trump originally used the term “rape” to describe a brutal encounter with her ex-husband but has since issued the following statement: “[On] one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. Read More
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide. Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
Weeks after the Center for Medical Progress released its edited sting operation videos featuring Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood, House Democrats are calling for an investigation into CMP – a logical step in the debacle. Currently, Planned Parenthood is under close scrutiny by House Republicans who want to shut the organization down by stripping it of funding. CMP believes Planned Parenthood is profiting from donated fetal tissue and wants to end the organization for good. Read More