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frank Finds: John Oliver, Sexual Assault and The Portlandia Effect

Are We There Yet?

Will This Strategy Finally Put an End to Sexual Assault on America’s College Campuses?

In a series of town halls with college and high school students about sexual assault, Joe Biden said the number one thing that needs to happen is getting men involved. “Two-thirds of college students say they have been sexually harassed,” but the strategy of telling men not to rape and telling women not to be raped is not an effective way to reduce this number. It’s on Us and Green Dot instead focus on bystander interventions – where the community takes charge of protecting each other from sexual assault.


Young Mothers Lose Two Years of Salary

April 12 marked Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day that recognizes the wage gap that exists in our country; however, a new study shows that there is an even larger wage gap for young mothers. The Danish National Patient Registry found that women who have children before they are 25 lose two years of their lifetime income. Pacific Standard say this disparity is a result of reduced hours after pregnancy and employer discrimination.

Pacific Standard


Are We Laughing Alone?

The Limits of the Late-Night Comedy Takedown

Comedians like John Oliver and Samantha Bee are wielding the power of humor to take on tough political content in hopes of inspiring some form of change. But there are two major limits to these programs: they reach the wrong audience and they only create temporary interest. Adam Felder from the Atlantic points out that the audience of Last Week Tonight is almost all liberal, and the audience’s interest is short-lived because they already agree with the ideas that Oliver discusses. Humor is a great medium for social change, but these programs need to find a way to reach a different audience.

The Atlantic


The Portlandia Effect

How to See Gentrification Coming

Gentrification – the process of making neighborhoods more affluent usually at the expense of low-income families and small businesses – is an issue that impacts major urban areas around the world. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have found a way to map out which areas are most likely to be gentrified next by using social media like Twitter and Foursquare. They discovered that when a diverse group of outsiders begins to visit an area, that area is more likely to become gentrified in the long run.

Pacific Standard

Posted on April 18, 2016

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