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Today in Gender Gaps: Biking

Elizabeth Plank at Mic took to the bike paths of New York City to investigate the "huge and under-reported" gender gap in, of all things, bicycle-riding. Turns out way more men ride bikes than women: "In the U.S., 1 woman for every 3 men gets around on a bicycle," Plank writes. "In London, 77% of bike trips are taken by men and only 5% of women identify as frequent cyclists."

Is Nonfiction the Patriarch of Literary Genres?

National Book Awards season is upon us: The judges have just announced the longlist for 2014’s nonfiction contest. The ten-book lineup includes a historical account of Paris under German occupation (by Ronald C. Rosbottom), a biography of Tennessee Williams (by John Lahr), a study of economic ambition in the “new China” (by Evan Osnos), and E.O. Show More Summary

Hey CBS, Rihanna Is Exactly Who I Want to See on My TV Before NFL Football Games

Last Thursday night, CBS and the NFL Network decided to pull its planned opener—the Jay-Z and Rihanna song "Run This Town"—during its pre-game broadcast, hoping to strike a more serious tone in light of the Ray Rice video. "At the time,...Show More Summary

My Year As an Abortion Doula

This article originally appeared in The Cut.

Why Not Just Turn Campus Rape Allegations Over to the Police? Because the Police Don't Investigate.

In the urgent conversation about how universities should be dealing with campus sexual assault, there are some who object to the idea of university disciplinary boards handling these cases to begin with, asking: Why not just go straight...Show More Summary

"Love" Is Not a Defense for Beating Your Child

The details, on their face, are inexcusable: Adrian Peterson, a 217-pound running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted last week for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." Peterson allegedly whipped his four-year-old sonShow More Summary

Life as an NFL Wife: “He's the Star. Keep Him Happy.”

Tracy Treu, a former Mother Jones employee who is married to former Oakland Raiders center Adam Treu, sat down with Ian Gordon at Mother Jones and explained what life is like when you're the wife of an NFL player. The headline, “Support...Show More Summary

The Problem With Talking About Sexual Assault as "Violence Against Women"

This month, GQ published a long, reported piece on the under-discussed topic of male victims of military sexual assault. We're all so used to thinking of sexual assault as a "women's issue," but because far more men enlist in the military than women, male victims of sexual assault outnumber female ones. Show More Summary

Watch CBS Sportscaster James Brown Deliver a Powerful Speech About Domestic Violence

Thursday night's pre-game show before the Ravens-Steelers match-up was probably the best example thus far of how much the Ray Rice video has impacted the culture around the NFL. At the end of the half-hour show—which featured a liveShow More Summary

Ray Rice Defenders Have Found Their Argument: He's a Victim Too

The release of the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer in an elevator was notable mainly because it decimated all attempts by the NFL, the Ravens, and Ray Rice apologists to argue that Palmer and Rice shared the blame. Show More Summary

Mastectomies Are on the Rise, Despite the Evidence Against Them. Why?

Buried in last week's news that double mastectomies don’t improve survival outcomes for women with breast cancer (among the general population— not those with a genetic predisposition to the disease) was another interesting tidbit: Women...Show More Summary

A Blog Post About Taylor Swift and Women That Does Not Ask If Taylor Swift Is a Feminist

On the eve of her fourth album, Taylor Swift invited Rolling Stone into her home to discuss her “reinvention.” 1989, set for release next month, has finally stomped out the last traces of Swift's country twang in favor of a “blatant pop” sound. Show More Summary

The NFL Needs to Learn What Domestic Violence Really Looks Like

Since the story of Ray Rice abusing his then-girlfriend, now-wife Janay Rice broke earlier this year, both the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens have used the fact that Janay forgives and defends her husband—and has even been willing to blame herself—as cover for their own willingness to punish him harshly. Show More Summary

Social Justice, TMZ Style

Thank God for TMZ. In the course of the past year, the digital celebrity tabloid has leapfrogged police, prosecutors, and investigative reporters to become the sports world’s most dedicated watchdog. In November, the site broke the story that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had been accused of sexual assault. Show More Summary

Listen to Ray Rice’s Lawyer Say the NFL Player Is the One Who Got Beaten Up, “Hypothetically”

If you’ve seen the Ray Rice video, it’s impossible to forget what happened inside that casino elevator on Feb. 15: a Ravens running back punching his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer, knocking her out cold, and then dragging her body across the floor. Show More Summary

"The Daycare Provider Suggested I Re-Birth My Son"

The state of American child care is pretty abysmal. Day care is not well-regulated, the quality is often poor, and it’s expensive: In 35 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more than a year’s in-state college tuition. We are the only...Show More Summary

Why I've Stopped Reading Twitter Mentions

I was an early adopter of Twitter, getting an account in 2007. I quickly fell in love with the service and how it dumped a constant stream of interesting information, insightful comments and jokes into my life. I particularly enjoyed...Show More Summary

What Victory for Women's Rights Looks Like

When the curtain fell on California's legislative session, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins released a bland statement celebrating its accomplishments. In it, she singled out a water bond, an on-time budget, and a bill that would cut down plastic bag use. Show More Summary

How to Have the Consent Talk With Your Kids

Thousands of parents have just sent their kids off to college in America, releasing them to an exciting new social and educational environment where new students experience a heightened risk of being sexually assaulted, where dozensShow More Summary

The Oakland Raiders Finally Gave Their Cheerleaders Minimum Wage. Yay?

The two Raiderette cheerleaders who revolted against the team this year—suing the Oakland Raiders for paying them less than minimum wage, withholding paychecks until the end of the season, and never reimbursing them for business expenses—have declared victory. Show More Summary

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