culture / society

France

Why The Pandemic Baby Boom Is Turning Into A Bust

In France, at least, all those days and nights in lockdown didn't result in an upswing of bouncin...

China

China's 'One-Child' Generation Chooses Cats Over Babies

BEIJING — Menglin's boyfriend accompanied her to the clinic. It took less than 10 minutes for the doctor to place the contraceptive implant in Menglin's upper left arm. It's now very unlikely ...

France

Sexism, Gastronomy: Bitter Recipe In French Culinary Schools

A growing number of women are speaking out against the pervasive harassment they experience in ho...

Chile

Why Latin Americans Fear The Chinese Vaccine

People around the world and around Latin America are wary of the vaccination campaigns to fight C...

India

Streets To Schools: How Education In India Can Reach Everyone

Absent in India's schools, which help reinforce power imbalances, is any real acknowledgement of ...

France

Islam Became A 'Problem' In France When Muslims Became French

For decades, France did well in accommodating the religious needs of Muslims — on the conditi...

Spain

Long Live Leggings! Deconstructing Pandemic Fashion

The pandemic has caused an overall drop in clothing sales. But is it also changing how we dress? ...

France

Saving Languages From Extinction, With The Help Of AI

The world's linguistic heritage is facing a crisis just as serious as that of biodiversity. A Fre...

United States

Britney Spears To Princess Latifa: Hashtags And The Patriarchy

The new documentary "Framing Britney Spears" explores how both tabloid and mainstream media outlets first framed the American megastar as a hypersexualized Lolita, then a bad role model and ...

Argentina

Pandemic And City Parks: A Reminder That Green Spaces Matter

Argentine landscape historian Sonia Berjman deplores a lack of long-term planning and park mainte...

China

Cheaters Gonna Cheat! The Student Ghostwriting Boom In China

What's an enterprising idea born out of lockdown? Get paid to take online courses for other peopl...

France

Prolonging Lives v. Wasted Futures? The 'Covidism' Dilemma

Are the lives of the youth impacted by coronavirus restrictions worth less than the extended live...

Germany

How The Dream Of Moving Out To The Countryside Can Backfire

Many urban dwellers fantasize about a rural lifestyle, especially right now. But leaving city lif...

France

Parents Call Cops On Teen Son For Refusing To Clear The Table

Parenting can be a tricky thing. Who can safely say they've never, in the heat of the moment, brandished over-the-top threats to try to get unruly offspring to comply? And who ever follows ...

Poland

What Ireland Can Teach Poland About Abortion Rights

The 2012 death of Savita Halappanavar, who was unable to get an abortion in Ireland, set off nati...

France

Starsky And Hutch Busted In France For Driving Under Influence

Yes, they are both French. Yes, those are their real names. No, they weren't driving a Ford Gran ...

Italy

Hiding The Dough: Woman Caught Smuggling €70,000 In Pasta

Italy, as everyone knows, is the place for pasta. And so it goes without saying that visitors to the country often head home with a package or two in their duffels or suitcases. The woman in ...

France

Man Walks Into Barr, Steals A Letter: Bad Joke Or Lockdown Protest?

The almost aptly-named village of Barr, considered one of the wine capitals of eastern France, has been targeted by vandals who may have been making a political statement about pandemic lockdown ...

Egypt

How The Sexist Politics Of Hair Plays Out In Egypt's Schools

"I'm not against hijab in principle; I myself wear it," says one mother. "But I refuse to have my...

France

COVID, All The Rave: France Debates The "Right To Party"

A New Year's Eve 'free party' in Lieuron, France, became a state affair. While politicians are qu...

France

Aristotle to Anti-Vax: Internet And The Decline Of Reason

The virtues that laid the groundwork for Western civilization's many advances are being eclipsed,...