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Birth Control TikTok Is a Symptom of Medicine's Bigger Problem

Birth Control TikTok Is a Symptom of Medicine’s Bigger Problem

Influencers need to stop encouraging people to get off hormonal birth control, say critics of an upsurge of TikToks (of varying levels of scientific accuracy) that discuss the contraception’s downsides and promote using “natural birth control” methods instead. After all, an unwanted pregnancy, which might be more likely depending on the contraception method, is a …

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Why can't tech fix its gender problem?

Why can’t tech fix its gender problem?

Not competing in this Olympics, but still contributing to the industry’s success, were the thousands of women who worked in the Valley’s microchip fabrication plants and other manufacturing facilities from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Some were working-class Asian- and Mexican-Americans whose mothers and grandmothers had worked in the orchards and fruit caneries of …

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Social media is polluting society.  Moderation alone won't fix the problem

Social media is polluting society. Moderation alone won’t fix the problem

Moderation (whether automated or human) can potentially work for what we call “acute” harms: those caused directly by individual pieces of content. But we need this new approach because there are also a host of “structural” problems—issues such as discrimination, reductions in mental health, and declining civic trust—that manifest in broad ways across the product …

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The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

Sarah Jacket Ray has spent her career etching out an academic niche at the intersection of environmental issues and social justice. In the late 2010s, as concern around the climate crisis finally began to swell toward today’s crescendo, Ray, a professor of environmental studies at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, turned her focus toward a …

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