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What We’re Reading: August 13, 2015

By The Prindle Institute for Ethics
13 Aug 2015
Image created from a photograph by Conner Gordon

The Makeup Tax (The Atlantic)
by Olga Khazan
“Women who wear makeup earn more and are treated better. This has steep costs, in both money and time.”

This may be the biggest threat to Facebook right now (Fortune)
by Michal Addady
“…Facebook’s video efforts are drawing controversy lately. Some observers say the social network is littered in video content lifted from its original source, meaning the content creators aren’t seeing a dime for their work. And while YouTube has built-in mechanism for content creators to report such theft, Facebook has no such solution.”

My Position on the Iran Deal (Medium)
by Chuck Schumer
“Every several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views. Over the years, I have learned that the best way to treat such decisions is to study the issue carefully, hear the full, unfiltered explanation of those for and against, and then, without regard to pressure, politics or party, make a decision solely based on the merits.”

My life without gender (The Guardian)
by Tyler Ford
“I have always felt like a walking brain, living in my head while everyone around me seemed to have some innate understanding of their bodies: how they moved, what they desired.”

Why ‘Do What You Love’ Is Pernicious Advice (The Atlantic)
by Bourree Lam
“If passion is a job requirement, says the writer Miya Tokumitsu, employees have little room to complain about mistreatment at work.”

How White Users Made Heroin a Public Health Problem (The Atlantic)
by Andrew Cohen
“When heroin users were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments. Now, as new users are overwhelmingly white, states are turning toward treatment.”

Why Bernie Sanders’ run-in with Black Lives Matter activists made me squirm (The Guardian)
By Heather Barmore
“Grassroots activists are pushing their way through spaces and forcing conversation. That makes us all a little tense but that’s the whole point, isn’t it?”

New York cops are photographing homeless people (Dazed)
by Hannah Rose Ewens
“New York City cops have gotten tired of homeless people on the streets of New York. So tired that they’ve decided to start posting pictures of them online.”

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