Social Issues & Demographics

In Praise Of the Male Biological Clock

  • By
  • Brigid Schulte,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2012 |

When my husband and I had our first child, our son, I had to look up the strangely ominous label I’d read on my chart: “elderly primigravida.” With visions of wrinkled babushkas hovering in my already anxious mind, I discovered it was the medical term for a woman who becomes pregnant for the first time at age 35 or older.

Practicing Balance

September 3, 2012

Work-life imbalance is a problem that has personal, national, and religious implications. Millions of Americans sense that they are rushing through life and that their work and non-work lives compete with one another.  Clergy and lay leaders are struggling with overwork.  Church members are looking for help. Practicing Balance demonstrates why congregational leaders should take work-life imbalance seriously. The issue gets in the way of spiritual development, church attendance, and member involvement.

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In Praise of Slums

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
August 17, 2012 |

There is something viscerally repulsive about urban poverty: the stench of open sewers, the choking smoke of smoldering trash heaps, the pools of fetid drinking water filmed with the rainbow color of chemical spills. It makes poverty in the countryside seem almost Arcadian by comparison. The rural poor may lack nutrition, health care, education, and infrastructure; still, they do the backbreaking work of tending farms in settings that not only are more bucolic, but also represent the condition of most of humanity for most of history.

Mitt Romney Misuses Judaism to Support Israel and Buttress His Own Campaign

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 30, 2012 |

Mitt Romney should stick to Mormonism. Yesterday in Jerusalem, the GOP presumptive nominee offered some thoughts on Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and various other calamities, in Jewish history. Tisha B’Av, he declared, “calls forth clarity and resolve,” because as in the past, today “Israel faces enemies who deny past crimes against the Jewish people and seek to commit new ones.” He then went on to talk about, you guessed it, Iran.

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How Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia’s Woman Problem

  • By
  • Torie Bosch,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2012 |

According to Wikipedia’s 2011 Editor Survey, just 9 percent of Wiki editors are women. While the gender gap is better than it was—in the early ‘00s, it was more like 3 percent—and the proportion of new editors who are women is rising, the site remains a boys’ club.

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Why Isn’t the Cosby Show for a New Generation on Network TV?

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |

Today, the only way some Americans get insight into what life is like for a black family is by watching snippets of the Obamas on the nightly news. No English-language network program centers around a black family — or an Asian or Hispanic family either — except Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.” And that’s animated.

Sometimes, No Se Puede

  • By
  • Alina Alcántara,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2012 |

Memo to Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican presidential candidate who lost on July 1 by six percentage points: Losing is bad; not accepting your defeat is worse.

Losing well is an underappreciated virtue. Whether we’re talking about a family game of Monopoly, a summer softball league, or an intense firm whose associates vie for a promotion to be partner, the ability to lose gracefully, and concede defeat in a manner that isn’t destructive, is essential to community well-being.

Immigration After the SB 1070 Ruling

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 26, 2012 |
The Supreme Court's immigration decision is a step back from the brink, leaving much less room than many expected for state immigration enforcement.
 
Although the justices blocked most provisions of Arizona's controversial 2010 policing law, they upheld the one of most concern to immigrant rights advocates: the section that requires local police to inquire about the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons and whom they suspect are in the country illegally.

A Changing National Mood on Immigration?

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 26, 2012 |
The judicial equivalent of white smoke has risen: The Supreme Court has ruled in a split decision rejecting most of Arizona's controversial immigration policing law, SB 1070.
 
Many were expecting a tough ruling favoring the Arizona statute and opening the floodgates to states' rights.

New Wave of Immigrants — A New Target Too?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
June 25, 2012 |
It's official! A new study by the Pew Research Center proves the old trope true: Asians are the new Jews. All those essentially positive stereotypes you've heard about — the hard work and the Tiger Moms — have made Asian Americans the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Not only that, in the last few years, Asians have overtaken Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants to the U.S.
 
This is all good news — both for Asian Americans and the United States — but the Jewish comparison has a dark side.
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