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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There's Plenty of Career Opportunities for Millennials ... Just Not on U.S. Soil

A millennial is, roughly speaking, a human being born between 1982 and 1992 who has been called everything under the sun. They are accused of being sex-crazed, or sex-deprived, or if you’re lucky, just sex-positive. They are called infinitely marketable, yet they are often impossibly indebted. They are digital natives who just can’t seem to, like, actually talk to one another. And, the latest, they are citizens of the world and the fact that so many of them work abroad speaks to a freedom, perhaps even a flippancy, not afforded to any previous generation.

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Society Is Starting to Wake Up to Rampant Street Harassment of Women

Last week a wave of demonstrations took to the public walkways of the world to protest street harassment. March 30 to April 5 was International Anti-Street Harassment Week, with 25 countries and 150 groups organizing to raise awareness about a category of assault that is rarely thought of as violent or serious, and to ease the onslaught of such commonplace offenses, in solidarity with the global community.

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The 5 Most Dangerous States To Attend College (If You Think Carrying Concealed Firearms Are Dangerous)

According to the Law Center to Prevent Violence, 26 bills in 12 states that lift restrictions on the ability to carry a concealed weapon on a university or college campus are currently pending in state legislatures. In the past few years seven states have fought tooth and nail to wrestle the control of firearms on campuses from the Boards of Regents and won, most recently in Idaho where a new bill allowing concealed carry at universities passed the House in early March and was signed by Governor C.L. Otter just two weeks ago. All this despite the fact that college campuses are some of the safest spaces in the country—93 percent of crimes against college students ages 18-24 occur off campus.

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The Average 25-Year Old's Debt Has Grown 91% in the Last Decade -- Will Borrowers Learn to Push Back?

Back in September, the U.S. Department Education announced its two-year and three-year federal student loan default rates. The rates were 10 percent and 14.7 percent respectively, both record highs. At the time the report was released, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called these numbers “troubling.”

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6 of the Most Disturbing Racist and Sexist College Frat Events from the Past Year

It's common knowledge that at fraternity and sorority parties much more is slurred than just words. Racial and sexual epithets abound, not only spoken, but also displayed through dress, signs, gestures, email and social media posts. Yet year after year this practice continues, unabated, reported on for salacious details and then left to die in the news caverns of the Huffington Post archives.

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Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Such Lousy Corporate Garbage Food?

America has a love/hate relationship with movie theater snacks. We share a universal opinion that the offerings are too expensive and unhealthy. But while theater policies forbid moviegoers from bringing their own food, we seem happy enough to be a captive audience and line up for the nostalgic charms of greasy popcorn, Dots and watery soda.

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Shocking Tales of Racial Profiling in The Big Easy

Last August, New Orleans resident Julio Gallego was driving his friends Karen Sandoval and Enrique Morales Sosa to pick up school supplies for the couple’s young daughters when an unmarked car flashed its lights at him. He pulled over and was swiftly surrounded by several more cars containing plainclothes officers and five Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The ICE officials handcuffed the two men, told them they had been speeding (a lie), and began to question them.

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Woman Makes Shocking Claims She Was Vaginally Probed Against Her Will at NY Prison

On June 6, 2012, Nechelle Pickett, 25, a resident of Brooklyn with no previous criminal record, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The day after her arrest Pickett couldn’t post bail and was sent to the Rose M. Singer Center, the only complex in New York’s Rikers Island jail that houses detained and sentenced women and female adolescents.

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