Hannah K. Gold

Why Police Are So Good at Busting Pot Smokers and So Bad at Keeping Women from Getting Murdered

On February 18, 26-year-old Houston resident Takita Mathieu was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend at her place of work. He attempted, and failed, suicide just after.

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5 Ways Fraternities Are Wielding Major Influence Over University Administrations

Reports on the myriad abuses that occur at fraternities have become a frequent, even expected component of today’s media landscape. Every week it seems there’s a new story on physical or sexual violence, life-threatening drug or alcohol use, racial slurs, or parties with various xenophobic themes taking place in or around colleges campuses, particularly at their fraternities.

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Deadly Hazing and the Dildo Brigade: 5 Shocking Fraternity Horror Stories From the Past Year

In America today, 1 in 5 female university students are sexually assaulted; men who join fraternities are three times as likely to rape; and a single story about sexual assault has been upsetting the media cycle for weeks. 

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8 Things That Cost More Based on Whether You're a Woman or a Man

Gender pricing, the act of charging men and women differently for the same products or services, is commonplace in the United States.

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8 Ways Crime Shows Like Law and Order Mess With Your Head

In the United States there is only one kind of show that consistently beats out Sunday night football for ratings: crime dramas.

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Getting Away with Murder: How Cops Avoid Accountability for Criminal Acts

On October 7, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board published a report that analyzes the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers over the past year. The report found that between July 2013 and June 2014, the CCRB received 219 chokehold complaints, the highest number seen since the period between 2006-2010 when over 200 chokehold complaints were being filed annually. This year, CCRB also received the highest relative level of chokehold complaints registered since 2001—7.6 out of every 100 use-of-force complaints were for chokeholds.

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Network TV Still Doesn't Take Women Politicians Seriously, Even if They Are Modeled on Hillary

“We’re teachers, we’re parents, we’re horse owners. Every day we wake up, that’s all we gotta be.” So says Elizabeth McCord, of the life she shares with her husband. Her close personal friend the President of the United States has just asked her to be his next Secretary of State. This is one of the first glimpses that viewers get to see of the protagonist’s inner American on CBS’s new prime-time drama Madam Secretary. If only the network had given Ann Romney a similar average Joe script to squeak out, we as a nation might have gotten over her owning a dancing horse named Rafalca much more quickly.

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4 Surprising and Outrageous Ways Private Companies Are Fueling the Student Debt Crisis

In a society where crushing student debt is the new normal and markets are flooded with promissory riches long before they materialize, that popular refrain “our children are our future” may just be another business proposal.

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The Deeply Disturbing Truth About Street Harassment in America

For the past few years, grassroots efforts to end street harassment in the US have been gaining support and amplifying their message. At the beginning of April, 150 groups organized in 25 countries for the third International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Rallies were held in cities all across the US. On June 3, Stop Street Harassment, the gender justice nonprofit that founded Anti-Street Harassment Week, published “Unsafe and Harassed In Public Spaces,” the first comprehensive, nationwide report on street-harassment.  

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How Efforts to Address Campus Rape Could Backfire

On April 10, two Republican and 10 Democratic members of Congress penned a letter to the US News & World Report, suggesting that the most authoritative college ranking report in the country include a rating of each college’s handling of sexual assault on campus. The hope is that this would incentivize colleges to take sexual assault seriously and reform many of their relevant policies, and that it would help potential students and their families make a more informed decisions throughout the college application process. All this to reduce the students’ risk of sexual attacks while in college.

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