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    It's Walgreens Vs. the American Dream in the Battle for Overtime

    Around 6 million Americans hold jobs that employers classify as "overtime exempt" even though their positions should qualify them for after-hours pay — and they may end up earning less than hourly employees working under them.

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    Getting Jobbed

    The real face of welfare reform.

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    The Dairy Debate

    We grew up believing that milk does a body good. Now a dairy backlash is causing a stir. SELF investigates who, if anyone, should be giving it up.

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    The Legacy of Campus Rape

    Sexual assault at colleges isn't new. And it's not about young women who binge drink or wear tight clothing. Here, a prominent feminist examines the phenomenon—and survivors of all ages reveal how an attack changed their lives.

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    There's Nothing Mickey Mouse About These Mermaids

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

  • Harpers "Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Preys on Desperate Housewives" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2012

    The Pink Pyramid

    How Mary Kay Cosmetics sells $3 billion per year worth of lipstick, girl power and false promises that you can "have it all."


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Meet Virginia.

I write about the worlds of women. Much like the women’s magazines in which I’m predominantly published, sometimes these are overtly feminine places: Discount nail salons, Mary Kay parties, and beauty school. They may also be male-dominated worlds, even places where women are essentially imprisoned, like a Mexican sweatshop or college campuses with a problematic history of ignoring rape. And some ...

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