Decriminalizing sex work is the most effective way to reduce the worldwide HIV infection rate, according to public health researchers who recently published their findings in the Lancet medical journal. The researchers, who presented their findings on Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, estimate that infection rates among sex workers in Canada, India and Kenya, as well as other nations, could be reduced by nearly half if the profession were legalized.
In my view, warehousing elderly and children — especially children with disabilities — in rooms with machines that keep them busy, when large numbers of human beings around the world are desperate for jobs that pay a living wage, is worse than the Dickensian nightmares of mechanical industrialization, it’s worse than the cold, alienated workplaces depicted by Kafka. It’s an abdication of a desire to remain human, to be connected to each other through care, and to take care of each other.
The outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, known as MERS, in Saudi Arabia already has the world on alert: According to the most recent World Health Organization numbers, it’s infected 834 people and caused at least 288 deaths since it first appeared in 2012. Very little is understood about how the virus, which is linked to camels, is transmitted, but a new paper, published Tuesday in the journal mBio, raises a new possibility.
The 1970 manual ‘How to Pick Up Girls!’ opens by asking the reader to imagine what at first seems like a romantic scene. ‘You’re walking down the street. Minding your own business. … And suddenly you spot a girl,’ it reads. ‘Not just an ordinary girl. Not just a fantastic girl. But the girl.’ It’s a bit of a generic setup, but, OK, I’m following. ‘You’ve just got to see more of her long lean legs,’ writes author Eric Weber. ‘Her fine rounded breasts. Her high, firm behind. For an instant you even consider rape.’
During the Great Depression, poor Americans would line around the block waiting in line for a bit of bread, photos of which are taken as evidence of just how bad things got during the 1930s. Today, there is still poverty in the United States – about 50 million Americans are poor, according to the official account – but we don’t have bread lines (too much gluten); instead, as I saw Thursday at a farmers’ market in Los Angeles, we have “WIC” lines, in which hundreds of women with young children waited nearly 2 hours for just $20 in vouchers to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
Seriously, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, but own only 36% as much wealth – and the wealth gap between men and women has widened even as the income gap slowly narrows. Women who never married own 6 percent of the wealth of their bachelor brothers. It gets worse: black and Latino never-married women own a penny for every dollar of wealth controlled by men of their race. And of course, women make up almost two out of three adults living in poverty. Since the capacity to make big political donations is a factor of having disposable wealth, not just income, the wealth gap between men and women is the crucial factor behind the donor gap. That’s the main reason “why women don’t give.”