Tag: Social Conditions and Trends

The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

Some years ago, when I was younger and somewhat more excitable, I wrote a series of essays about Pope Francis’s liberalizing efforts, arguing that the supreme pontiff’s choices risked a schism in the Catholic Church. At the time my argument was criticized by Catholics on both sides of the church’s theological-political divides. Liberal Catholics accused […]

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How White Democrats Moved Left

People are always changing their minds, day to day. But over the past 20-odd years one group has shifted to an astounding degree: highly educated white Democrats. I’m not sure I understand why this group has undergone such a transformation, but it has, and the effects are reshaping our politics. The easiest way to describe […]

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When ‘Good Stories’ Happen for Bad Reasons

Feel-good news stories are hard to resist. And why wouldn’t they be? The rest of the news is stressing us out. Political divides are deepening. The world is getting hotter. Ending, maybe. So we all take comfort in stories about people being kind to one another. Like the one about the woman in Missouri who […]

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A Prosperous China Says ‘Men Preferred,’ and Women Lose

TIANJIN, China — Bella Wang barely noticed the section on the application inquiring whether she was married or had children. Employers in China routinely ask women such questions, and she had encountered them before in job interviews. It was a surprise, though, after she accepted a position as a manager at the company, a big […]

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Why Women, but Not Men, Are Judged for a Messy House

Image“The Smiths share the drudgery of housework, for they both have important war jobs,” the Office of War Information wrote about this photo circa 1944.CreditLibrary of Congress Even in 2019, messy men are given a pass and messy women are unforgiven. Three recently published studies confirm what many women instinctively know: Housework is still considered […]

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As World Makes Gains Against Child Marriage, Nepal Struggles to Catch Up

GORGAMA, Nepal — In Nepal’s hot southern plains, Rajesh Sada’s mother had one wish: that she would live to see the marriage of her 16-year-old son before she succumbed to tuberculosis. It took only a few days to find a bride. In March, several days before his mother died, Rajesh exchanged vows — with a […]

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Remember the ‘10,000 Hours’ Rule for Success? Forget About It

RANGE Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized WorldBy David Epstein Are you a generalist or a specialist? Do you strive for breadth or depth in your career, in your life? After all, you can’t have both. Your time on earth is finite, as are your energy and attention. If you concentrate on doing one thing, […]

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