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How Everyone Got So Lonely

Zoë Heller The New Yorker
The recent decline in rates of sexual activity has been attributed variously to sexism, neoliberalism, and women’s increased economic independence. How fair are those claims—and will we be saved by the advent of the sex robot?

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"The Right to Sex" Thinks Beyond the Parameters of Consent

Jennifer Szalai New York Times
An essay collection centering on issues facing feminism today, the author calls on the movement to be “relentlessly truth-telling, not least about itself,” focusing on consent, intersectionality, misogyny, gendered violence, and other topics.

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G&Ts on the Veranda: An Homage to Franz Boas and a Better Anthropology

Francis Gooding London Review of Books
Boas was an outlier in a field that tolerated if not justified white racial superiority over the world’s “lesser” breeds, He and his intellectual successors— largely women-did what scholars and journalists need to do: listen, ask questions, observe.

The New U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Fails to Capture Many Deaths

Nina Martin ProPublica
Since 2007, the government had held off on releasing an official estimate of expectant and new mothers who died from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. It waited for the data to get better. But the new, long-anticipated number falls short.

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It’s Not About Sex

Molly Crabapple The New York Review of Books
The courtesan in literature is an object of desire, but prostitutes of any gender are despised in law and in the popular culture. The book and film under review excoriate the reactionary hypocrisy and chart sex workers fighting back.

Dialectics of Christmas

Fred Halliday Verso Blog
A vintage holiday treat from the UK's Black Dwarf, Christmas 1969*, where the author analyzes the dialectic of Christmas in which the desire for happiness is marshaled into a tool of subjection (and alcoholic oblivion).

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Why Reds Were Better in Bed

Ann Schneider The Indypendent
A counterintuitive if rigorous argument that the sex lives of men and women under the Soviets were better than those in the capitalist West, based on the system's ability to deliver the sort of social benefits unavailable even in Scandinavia.

Friday Nite Videos | October 5, 2018

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A Conversation on Consent. Willie Nelson - Vote 'Em Out (Texas Rally for Beto). Trump Takes a Stand for the Real Victims: Men. Movie: Vice. GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Explains 'No' Vote on Kavanaugh.
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