Monthly Archives: March 2012

“The Hunger Games” Hopeful Vision for the Future

I almost don’t want to write this post, because it brings attention to something I’d much rather be ignored. In the frenetic lead-up to the March 23 opening of The Hunger Games, there are articles about the movie’s restrictive costumes, about its “futuristic Appalchian” soundtrack, about its similarities with a Japanese film called Battle Royale. But few of them focus on one key […]

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Heavy Lifting, Part II: Discrimination Against Mothers is the Strongest Form of Gender Bias

Co-written with Rachel Dempsey. In the last post, Joan talked about the problem of pregnancy discrimination against women in hourly jobs – cases where mothers were refused simple accommodations that would help them have healthy pregnancies. Discrimination against pregnant women and mothers is a huge problem for working-class women, for whom a single missed day […]

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