Aaron Bekemeyer

Don’t Call It a Fat Tax

In his post yesterday, Kelly Brownell of TIME Magazine revived an old idea: tax soda. Various states and cities, he says, are considering leveling such a tax against sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Besides discouraging the consumption of unhealthful beverages, the economic benefits of such a tax, says Bronwell, would be significant.

Sex and Revolution

[The English Civil War era] is a fascinating period, but one of the things I was most surprised to learn is that many women felt more important or empowered when the king ruled than during the brief life of the anti-royalist English Republic. …This isn’t just a historical anomaly, either. As Melanie Butler reports at Alternet, media reports of Occupy Wall Street portray the occupiers disproportionately as men, while both men and women (of various genders and sexualities, I should add) are involved.

Redefining Success

Everybody likes a strong economy and everything it entails: full employment, higher wages and salaries, better benefits, more innovation, and so on. And just about everyone agrees that the current economy pretty much sucks. So how do we get from where we are back to economic health?

What’s Happening on Wall Street?

It’s been called a protest, a movement, and even a church of dissent, but for several weeks now, a small but growing number of people from around the country have led an event called “Occupy Wall Street” that opposes itself to, well, lots of things.

The Politics of Fat

There are two lovely posts that cropped up last week defending NJ Governor Chris Christie from attacks on his girth: Jonathan Chait’s Chris Christie is Fat. So What? in New York Magazine and Frank Bruni’s The Round and the Oval in the New York Times…

When Is Discrimination Okay?

Yesterday Feministing brought us the lovely news that Southwest Airlines, a company with a history of discriminating against its customers, kicked The L Word actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend off a flight for kissing. Southwest alleges that they made this decision not because of Hailey’s sexuality but because she and her girlfriend were “making out…”