B&B: Critique of wellness | Humans as robots | Women and Work | Economy runs on racism | Capitalism and sexual dysfunction |Corporations’ civil rights |Inequality hurts longevity

> Working out became a form of conspicuous consumption for the upper middle class; only they have the resources to maintain the illusion of an integral self. Gabriel Winant discusses Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of the wellness movement and politics of selfcare, elaborated in her book Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

> “It’s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like robots than it is to get machines to behave like humans”. Tech and AI firms hide their use of low-paid workers from investors and the public — by Olivia Solon

> Myra Strober recommends in an interesting interview 5 important books on Women, Gender Inequality, Work, and Organizations: Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All by Meers and Strobe, Living Wages, Equal Wages: Gender and Labour Market Policies in the US by Figart, Mutari and Power, Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work by Meyerson, Behind the Kitchen Door by Jayaraman, and her own Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through.

> How America’s economy runs on racism: Darrick Hamilton explains that capitalist pursuit of profit, not hatred of black people, is the real root of discrimination.

> How did American corporations win their civil rights? Over generations, businesses have been some of the most significant architects of U.S. law. Zephyr Teachout reflects on We the Corporations by Adam Winkler

> The cultural air is thick with sex, but the rhetoric of freedom largely serves a commodified notion of sexual performance. Female sexual dysfunction was created by drug companies hoping to make bigger money off women than they have off men — A chapter from Wypijewski’s What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo)

> Inequality is self-reinforcing: Income turns out to be a crucial determinant of longevity and differences in the quality of life increase over time — by Robert S. Weiss

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