Do kids have a fundamental sense of fairness?


Experiments show that this quality often emerges by the age of 12 months. This article was originally published by Scientific American. By: Katherine McAuliffe, Peter R Blake, and Felix Warneken SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Children have a reputation for selfishness. Picture a traditional morning-after-Halloween scene: A child is hunched over a huge mound of collected candy while theirContinue reading “Do kids have a fundamental sense of fairness?”

What do I owe my mother? It’s not selfish or childish to refuse to forgive and forget


  I was on the beach when news of my mother’s stroke reached me. Did I really have to cut my vacation short? By: Anna March/Salon I was in Hawaii, enjoying the first days of an annual post-Christmas ritual, a trip of three weeks from the cold East coast. In the mornings, I swam inContinue reading “What do I owe my mother? It’s not selfish or childish to refuse to forgive and forget”

“Grow Up” Caught in a bad bromance? We should be encouraging man hugs, not mocking them


   China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai; Britain’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears hug after the men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving final at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Aug. 10, 2016. (Credit: AP/Wong Maye-E) The reaction to a passionate embrace between male Olympic divers illustrates the ongoing stigma of male intimacy By: Nico Lang/Salon What’s theContinue reading ““Grow Up” Caught in a bad bromance? We should be encouraging man hugs, not mocking them”

Secrets of the penny candy jar: From Tootsie Rolls to Necco wafers, the real story behind every nostalgic treat


Whether you loved Milk Duds, Pixy Stix, the Circus Peanut or the Charleston Chew, these histories are sweet By: Susan Benjamin Excerpted from “Sweet as Sin” One of the beauties of the penny candy store was how you collected your stash. Some candies were unwrapped, and you picked these up with a small scoop, aContinue reading “Secrets of the penny candy jar: From Tootsie Rolls to Necco wafers, the real story behind every nostalgic treat”

Getting off (line): What’s lost in the age of internet porn


We’re an army of unmanned drones, piloting our libido through the ether” By: Mark Slouka/Salon It’s a rhetorical question – I don’t need a show of hands:  How many men have recently “lain with a woman,” as the prophets might say, and found themselves unmanned because they’d been partaking of too much porn?  Or foundContinue reading “Getting off (line): What’s lost in the age of internet porn”

Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves


An Indian child pays floral tribute at a sand sculpture created in remembrance of victims of Friday’s attacks in Paris, in Bhubaneswar, India.(Credit: AP) We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change By: Ben Norton/Salon.com Any time there is an attack on civilians inContinue reading “Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves”

My unconventional Texas family: A gay dad and a mom who wears mens’ clothes, in the Lone Star State


As the child of gay parents, I would sometimes feel ashamed. But I would also feel ashamed of my shame By: Elizabeth Collins/Salon Not long ago, I called an old friend of mine, a white, straight, 50-year-old, Texas-born and bred, religiously conservative Republican friend of mine named Scott. He was also my former boss andContinue reading “My unconventional Texas family: A gay dad and a mom who wears mens’ clothes, in the Lone Star State”

I’m black, but I’m uncomfortable around black people


Growing up in lily-white Wisconsin, people often told me, “You’re not black.” Eventually, I started to believe it By:Danielle Small/ Salon It happened. I failed the “black” test. My hair stylist and I were chatting while she was taking a break from retightening my locs. I made a funny quip, and she extended her palmContinue reading “I’m black, but I’m uncomfortable around black people”

If you’re not a good girl, I’m going to leave


I was 6 when my mother disappeared. Now, when men do the same, I assume I’m the one to blame   By: Tammy Delatorre/Salon.com He left in the middle of the night. “I’ll call you later,” he said, and I turned over, pretending to sleep. I wanted to ask why, but I didn’t want toContinue reading “If you’re not a good girl, I’m going to leave”

More lethal than the Whopper: How Burger King pleases the 1 percent, screws its workers


It pays workers like me so poorly I need public assistance despite working full-time. Now it’s dodging taxes BY: ANTHONY MOORE/Salon.com For the past year, I’ve worked at a Burger King in Tampa, Florida, making $9 an hour. Taxes are taken right out of my paycheck like they are for most people in America. But BurgerContinue reading “More lethal than the Whopper: How Burger King pleases the 1 percent, screws its workers”