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Newsweek 08/30/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1985 “How safe is sugar?” Newsweek asked since “over the last decade, the consumption of sugar and its substitutes have risen dramatically.” Some experts blame sugar for “cavities, obesity and even violent behavior,” while others suspect substitutes of causing “neurological problems, chromosome damage and bladder cancer.” Nevertheless, the “American appetite for sweets seems insatiable.” But today, new legislation has taken aim at sugar consumption by taxing sugar-sweetened beverages worldwide as public health concerns have grown over the spread of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. 1951 “America’s first line of defense is now in England,” Newsweek wrote of the newly-mobilized American air fleets and bases as the Cold War heated up. “If Soviet Russia strikes, it will be from these bases—only four hours as a B-50 flies—that American bombers will deal the first retaliatory…

8 min.
the last taboo

@SallieKrawcheck WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A ROBUST NATIONAL conversation about gender. We’re talking about the shifting roles and expectations of men and women, and whether the U.S. is “ready” for a female president. We’re discussing the forces that hold women back in our society—whether it’s sexual harassment in the workplace, girls not having coding experience, or girls being told to be perfect while boys are told to be brave. We’re even talking about how gender itself is defined. At their core, these conversations are all about power: who has it and who doesn’t. But one thing that has been missing from the debate is money. We cannot talk about power without implicitly talking about money, as the two are inextricably interwoven in a capitalist society. More money equals more power.…

11 min.
crossing the line

DR. DONNA FREITAS IS A TITLE IX researcher and lecturer about consent at universities. In this excerpt from her memoir, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, she recounts how she was harassed and stalked in graduate school by the professor and priest who she had originally thought would become her mentor and dissertation director. She also shows how essential it is for the conversation to continue about what consent is and how complicated consent can become in a relationship between student and professor—or in the workplace with one’s boss. Freitas’ memoir describes what began as a collegial relationship, where she was initially flattered by her professor’s attention for her work. Then it went bad—escalating into increasingly inappropriate, even sinister, behavior. Eventually, he was sending her numerous letters daily; regularly calling her…

4 min.
q&a: donna freitas

Why did you decide to write this book now? I was working on another book, Consent on Campus: A Manifesto, when I realized that the argument I was making about consent, I couldn’t make without everything I went through in grad school. The realization felt like a punch—I’d never made the connection between my academic research and activism on campus and what I lived so long ago. I opened up a new document on my laptop, and started writing the memoir alongside the other book. Eventually, I realized I didn’t want to carry this secret alone anymore. How can you write or speak publicly about this now? I just decided it was ridiculous—poisonous—to remain silent any longer. It didn’t make sense, that it was crazy that the price of my school making the…

1 min.
talking points

“As you know, nothing can be rubbed out on the internet.”—RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON MARIA ZAKHAROVA“POOR KIDS ARE JUST AS BRIGHT AND JUST AS TALENTED AS WHITE KIDS.”—FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WHOSE TEAM SAID HE “MISSPOKE”“I don’t want to get this far and not at least try. I think I would have really regretted not at least going out there and seeing maybe if a miracle happened.”—SERENA WILLIAMS, AFTER WITHDRAWING FROM ROGERS CUP FINAL“When I was not famous, I felt like no matter how many jobs I get I wasn’t able to make ends meet.”—RAPPER CARDI B DISCUSSES MINIMUM WAGES WITH VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS“ANY CO-CONSPIRATORS SHOULD NOT REST EASY. THE VICTIMS DESERVE JUSTICE, AND THEY WILL GET IT.”—Attorney General William Barr after Jeffrey Epstein’s death“Sorry a million times.…

8 min.

AUDREY WU, A VIDEO EDITOR AT a Hong Kong TV station, was not even born in June of 1989, but her father has told her about what happened back then in Beijing. He told her of the demonstrations that began to honor the late Chinese leader, Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer who had just died. More and more students gathered at Tiananmen Square in the center of China’s capital city, soon to be joined by workers and other ordinary Chinese citizens. The protests morphed, the demonstrators railed about inflation, and government corruption. Finally, the students erected a statue of Lady Liberty. The uprising, from that point, became a call for democracy. Wu knows what happened then, too. She knows the Chinese leadership had finally had enough. So they sent in tanks and soldiers,…