Guest Blogging: TAPPED

I guest blogged at The American Prospect Nov. 9-13. Links to my posts, and excerpts below.

Paid Sick Time is More Than A “Public Health Issue.”
Excerpt: It’s exciting that a bill like this has the potential to pass in a major metropolitan area — New York has hundreds of thousands of workers literally living on day-to-day wages. But the fear that they’ll make the rest of us sick, instead of acknowledging that this is a basic right all workers deserve, is a pretty sorry catalyst.

Rupert Murdoch Is Aware Of Some Internet Traditions.
Except: News Corp media mogul Rupert Murdoch certainly has some unconventional views about the Internet. He’s already made it clear that he thinks fair use is a scam — ignoring the fact that the majority of newspaper content is generated through fair use — by recently accusing the BBC of copyright infringement. Now, he’s accusing Google, Microsoft, and of “stealing” stories by directing casual readers to his sites.

Feminism Without Feminists.
Excerpt: Aside from being amazed that Sanchez doesn’t seem to realize she has feminism itself to thank for her ability to criticize the movement, I appreciate an acknowledgment from Levy that two-thirds of American families are either headed by women or have a woman as the co-breadwinner. For many of these women, “equal representation” isn’t the point — supporting their families is. And to go further, it’s important to remember that 22 percent of black families are headed by women, as are 14 percent of Latino families. Too often, the lives of poor women and women of color are ignored in the battle over feminism’s relevance.

Reality, Unreality, and Racial Bias.
Excerpt: There’s a 12 percent difference in how requests from white and black avatars were received. Paul W. Eastwick, one of the study’s conductors, said, “You would think when you’re wandering around this fantasyland, operating outside of the normal laws of time, space and gravity and meeting all types of strange characters, that you might behave differently. But people exhibited the same type of behavior — and the same type of racial bias — that they show in the real world all the time.”

The Chocolate Milk Offensive.
Excerpt: There’s nothing inherently wrong with a moderate amount of sweeteners, but sugar and high fructose corn syrup are in nearly all processed foods (and are often disguised under names that don’t look anything like “sugar”), and sugar is in whole fruits and vegetables. And now kids are being diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes. There’s simply too much sugar in the American diet, and it needs to be reduced. Eliminating sugary drink options in schools seems like the perfect way to do that.

On The RNC and Abortion Coverage.
Excerpt: I suppose something could be said for women who work against the interests of women getting what they deserve, but as Ann Friedman said earlier this week, “Many, many women who are opposed abortion rights have exercised those rights themselves — whether for health reasons or because, when it came right down to it, they simply found themselves making a different choice than they thought they would in that situation.” I feel empathy for these anti-choice women who have had a choice for the last 18 years, if only because some things are unknowable until you go through them.

That Sure Is A Nice Social Service Contract You Have There…
Excerpt: The Church’s social services division currently serves 68,000 Washingtonians, including a third of the homeless who use the city’s facilities run by the Church. According to The Washington Post, “fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.”


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