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11 Most Popular Worldcrunch Articles Of 2017

Venice For Sale? Historic Buildings Flipped Into Airbnbs​​

LA STAMPA


A Woman's Perspective On Divorce In The Arab World

More and more people in Muslim-majority countries are opting out of their marriages. And often it's the woman who decides to end things.

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG


Obama's Shadow, White House photographer Pete Souza Looks Back

LE TEMPS


A Year After Cologne: The Quiet Submission Of German Women

What has Germany done to make people feel safer after the events of last New Year's Eve, when hundreds of women were sexually abused in Cologne and other cities? Not much, writes author Birgit Kelle.

DIE WELT


Globalization As Ideology Is Dead And Buried

Donald Trump is not the free market's executioner, but a coroner appointed to quietly confirm its demise. Sadly, in its place, is a gaping void of alternatives.

AMERICA ECONOMIA


In Beijing, Sham Marriages To Bypass Government Policies

"Goodbye," Ying told her third husband. "Oh," he responded.

ECONOMIC OBSERVER


Ochlocracy, The Ancient Greek Concept That Explains Our World Today

Some fear that democracy is deteriorating under the pressure of populism. There's a word in ancient Greek to describe this phenomenon: ochlocracy. It's no longer used. And yet, it deserves to be brought back in fashion.

LES ECHOS


Gérard Depardieu, The Impossible Interview

The legendary French actor just published a very personal book. So why is he so hard to talk to?

LE FIGARO


Welcome To "Cracolandia," São Paulo's Roving Drug Bazaar

A pulsing, hazy world comes to life every night in Brazil's largest city, as drug traffickers and users gather to buy, sell, barter, smoke. When police intervene, a new neighborhood is found.

FOLHA DE S. PAULO


Banksy In Bethlehem, Lessons For A Skeptical Israeli

It is precisely because I did not want to be a hypocrite that I had not visited the hotel. Who wants to be the Israeli who takes a happy selfie in front of testimony to the oppression to which he is a party?

CALCALIST


Aging Taiwan And The Doubts Of A Faraway Daughter

In a society where filial piety is regarded as the most fundamental family value, and where "Five generations under one roof" is esteemed as the ultimate happiness, Taiwan is changing fast.

RUE AMELOT

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Injecting Feminism Into Science Is A Good Thing — For Science

Feminists have generated a set of tools to make science less biased and more robust. Why don’t more scientists use it?

As objective as any man

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Rachel E. Gross

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mystery played out across news headlines: Men, it seemed, were dying of infection at twice the rate of women. To explain this alarming disparity, researchers looked to innate biological differences between the sexes — for instance, protective levels of sex hormones, or distinct male-female immune responses. Some even went so far as to test the possibility of treating infected men with estrogen injections.

This focus on biological sex differences turned out to be woefully inadequate, as a group of Harvard-affiliated researchers pointed out earlier this year. By analyzing more than a year of sex-disaggregated COVID-19 data, they showed that the gender gap was more fully explained by social factors like mask-wearing and distancing behaviors (less common among men) and testing rates (higher among pregnant women and health workers, who were largely female).

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