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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

Toronto, Canada - May 25, 2012: A protest sign reading "I was wearing pants + a sweater, was it my fault too?" Taken during "Slut Walk 2012", a protest event about sexual assault and victims' rights, among other related issues.

“Victim Culture” and Victim Blaming

The critique of contemporary "victim culture" has parallels to the critique of "victim feminism" of the 1990s.
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The Club for Growth and Political Polarization

Organized groups have arisen to enforce "party purity" and wider political polarization in American politics.

How Reforms to Rape Law Changed Our Understanding of the Crime

Reforms to rape law in the 1970s and 1980s transformed the definition of rape and brought the crime out of the shadows.

Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.
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The Rise and Fall of Coal Miners’ Unions

The origin of coal miners' unions during the late 19th century.
circa 1955: Women loiter in the doorways of nightclubs in Yoshiwara, the red light district of Tokyo, while prospective clients wander past or stop to look. (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

The Battle to Keep Prostitution Legal in 1950s Japan

Revisiting the struggle to keep prostitution from being criminalized in 1950s Japan.

Electric Cars… of The 1890s

Electric cars were first introduced in the late 1890s, but they didn't catch on.
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Teaching Kids Their Place

A historical survey of early 20th century teaching finds students being taught their place in the socioeconomic system.

When Televangelism Got Big

Deregulation of the airwaves helped lead to the success of televangelism, and cable made it stronger.
A refugee family seen arrives at the Munich railway station before being checked by the medical staffs. - Thousands of refugees mainly from Iraq and Syria continue to flood in to Munich railway station in southern Germany as trains arrive from Budapest and Vienna. 8th September 2015 (Photo by Geovien So/NurPhoto)

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How Should Europe Welcome Refugees?

A comparison of the different ways European countries welcome refugees suggest that a combination of methods works best.

Who Opposes Gun Control?

People who oppose gun control tend to be white, male, Protestant, and living in the West, Mountain states, or South.

The Trouble with Scientific Management

Frederick Taylor's scientific management theory has some holes in it.

White Teachers, Black Students

Perception of black students by their white teachers may be racially biased.
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The Automated Future, and Past, of Fast Food

Automat cafeterias were the precursors of contemporary fast food restaurants.

How Segregation Hurts Kids

Educational segregation hurts all kids, white, black, and Hispanic.
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Divestment: the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers’ Movement

Polaroid employees spearheaded an anti-apartheid divestment campaign against their own employer over their company's business in South Africa in the 1970s.

Public Schools, Private Profit

How for profit publications impact public schools
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Modesty in Fashion

The intersection of religion and fashion has led to modesty in bathing suits.

What State Fairs Used to Mean

The historical significance of state fairs

Why It Matters Where We Get Lunch

Choosing a place to eat goes beyond just food.

Which Kids Get Help in Class?

Addressing which students receive the most help.

Who Wants Cruises To Come to Town?

The benefits and consequences of cruises.

The Decline of Malnutrition: How The World Eats Now

There are still strides to be made in nutrition development.