Month: February 2021

Column: Genderless Potato Heads are no cause for panic

As someone with a three-story pink Barbie Dream House in the middle of her living room, I can tell you that I pay closer attention to gendered children’s toys these days than is normal for a woman my age.

I have noticed, for instance, that the profusion of Barbies sprawled across my floor are not always light-complexioned and blond, with impossibly attenuated torsos, as they were when I was little. My 10-year-old niece’s dolls have a range of skin colors and body sizes; some Barbies, you might even say, are thicc, current slang for a full-figured curvy body.

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Op-Ed: My parents are almost 80 and getting chemo. Why is it so hard for them to get the vaccine?

When my parents finally received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, I was not ecstatic. Far from it. The overarching feeling was rage. The long road to getting those precious jabs in their arms brought into sharp focus how truly broken our healthcare system can be. And I’m speaking as a daughter and a doctor whose experience in the medical field conferred no advantage.

My parents, both pushing 80 and living in the Bay Area, are cancer patients actively undergoing chemotherapy.

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Op-Ed: Grocery workers deserve ‘hero pay.’ Kroger shouldn’t close stores to avoid paying it

Grocery store workers have always been essential workers, but the pandemic transformed these jobs into hazardous work. Many of us have been able to quarantine at home while COVID-19 cases spiked and intensive care units ran out of room. But grocery store employees must wake up each day and muster the courage to go to work — and face a heightened risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

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The Paris Agreement Is Already Outdated

The Paris Agreement is a paradox. On the one hand, it provides an essential, shared framework for the nations of the world to tackle the climate crisis. On the other, as those who follow climate politics closely have long known, it has almost no power to ensure the commitments made under it are anything other than a load of crap. New numbers have helped quantify the problem.

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