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Big Promises, Bigger Failures: When Public Education Makes You Sick

Promises, promises… We take it as a given that schooling is good for us, that overall population health increases with increased educational attainment. Indeed, from their founding, public schools have promised to improve population health as part of their basic mission. As a result, in the name of health concerns, schools have long held a… Read more →

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How Dusty are Your Baseboards?: The Politics of Domestic Labor

Recently I attended a bridal shower that provided a rare occasion for chatting with girlfriends sans partners and kids. Upon returning to my seat from a second visit to the brunch buffet, I noticed two concurrent conversations going on either side of me. Although occurring separately, both conversations centered on cleaning- specifically, house cleaning and… Read more →

Two protesters at Washington DC Justice for All Rally. Poster reading "at what age does a black child realize he's scary?"

Surviving While Black in America: A Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me

One of the products of Americans’ growing consciousness around racism and the police killings of African Americans is the conversation about the “talk” that African American parents conduct with their sons and daughters. I do not recall my mother and father engaging me in a specific conversation, but rather a series of conversations about navigating… Read more →

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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news A social history of Jello-salad. Denver’s barbecue riot of 1898. How air conditioning changed the NICU. Awesome men’s fashion from the 1970s. Queer female desire in letters to Dr. Kinsey. Diary of a 19th-century asylum superintendent. 16 “spiffy” words college students used in 1916…. Read more →