A victory for intersex organizing (Nursing Clio)
by Elizabeth Reis
In the 1950s, surgeries to “repair” the genitals of intersex infants became standard. Decades later, many of the adult survivors of these surgeries started organizing to change things.
What does it mean for a society to collapse? (The New York Times Magazine)
by Ben Ehrenreich
For 6,000 years, societies have grown, become more complex, and collapsed or dispersed. Can the causes of decline tell us anything about our own societies? And what would collapse mean when complex systems reach around the whole globe?
How Aztec philosophy explains the Day of the Dead (The Conversation)
by Lynn Sebastian Purcell
To the Aztecs, consciousness was the result of different “minds” in different parts of the body bringing their various desires together. The rituals of the Day of the Dead helped maintain balance for the living while helping the parts of their loved ones that remain after death.
The legacy of an election-day massacre (National Geographic)
by Sydney Combs
On election day of 1920, a mob burned the Black area of a Florida town after a Black landowner tried to vote. A century later, the survivors’ descendants are still fighting voter suppression.
How exceptional is U.S. political polarization? (The Washington Post)
by Noam Gidron, James Adams, and Will Horne
The country is breaking apart along partisan lines. But it turns out the U.S. isn’t necessarily more polarized than other rich, democratic countries. Which doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.
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