Phylisa Wisdom
Phylisa is a native Californian, but currently lives Melbourne (Australia, not Florida), where she drinks too much coffee and writes about gender politics, current affairs and pop culture for various publications.

As A Child Of Divorce, I Still Want To Get Married

When my parents divorced, I was one month into my high school career. A 14-year-old for whom the prospect of marriage was distant, I didn’t think of how their divorce would affect my future; I only thought of the immediate impact on my life. Now, as…
By Phylisa Wisdom

Former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo Has Died

According to NY1 News, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo has died at the age of 82. Cuomo served three terms as governor, from 1983-1994 and had been ill for months. New York's 52nd governor died just six hours after his oldest son Andrew Cuomo…
By Phylisa Wisdom

This Year's Flu Epidemic is Worth Worrying About

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year's flu season has officially reached epidemic proportions, The Washington Post reports. Epidemic levels of flu are typical throughout the winter season, but this year's flu…
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Send Holiday Cheer & Hope To Assaulted Inmates

Every year in Los Angeles, members of Just Detention's team of volunteers and staff join together to write and deliver thousands of holiday cards to prisoners who have been sexually assaulted while incarcerated. Jessica Testa reports for BuzzFeed…
By Phylisa Wisdom

On Christmas, Protests Continue in Berkeley, MO

Protests held in response to the fatal shooting of 18 year-old Antonio Martin in Berkeley, Missouri have continued into Christmas. The shooting occurred just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot in…
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Who is Obama's Success Story Astrid Silva?

In what many have hailed as a brave act of executive power, President Obama announced sweeping action on immigration reform this week. As is often the case, his impassioned speech laying out his plan to take executive action included anecdotes from…
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Georgia O'Keeffe is Now the Top Paid Female Artist

The O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered its namesake's Jimson Weed/ White Flower No 1 at a Sotheby's auction on November 20th. Georgia O'Keeffe's painting sold for $44.4 million, the highest ever paid at auction for a female artist's…
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Egypt's First FGM Trial Verdict was Not a Win

A landmark not guilty verdict was not the result global human rights activists were hoping for in Egypt's first female genital mutilation trial. Patrick Kingsley for The Guardian reports from Egypt that on November 20th, Sohair al-Bata'a's father…
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Climate Change is Killing Your Favorite Foods

If images of homeless polar bears don't move you to act on climate change, consider this: climate change is killing our favorite foods, and it will only get worse. Exponentially increasing temperatures and CO2 levels mean that several food systems…
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G20 Brisbane 101: Your Guide to the Global Summit

This weekend some of the most powerful people in the world will descend upon Brisbane, Australia for the 2014 G20 Summit. Temperatures will reach up to 99 degrees farenheit over the weekend, and with a beach right in the central business district,…
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Essure, Birth Control Method of Your Nightmares

No birth control method is without its controversy. The latest: hundreds of women say the non-surgical, permanent birth control method Essure has ruined their lives. Rather than providing a low-risk, highly effective birth control option, women say…
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California's Prop 47: Prison Reform Wins Big

Today I got an email from President Obama (I know you did too, I just like to pretend they're just for me). He opened with this: "The hardest thing in politics is changing the status quo. The easiest thing is to get cynical." He's right. Among the…
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Is Sober Partying the New Clean Craze?

Health-conscious partiers take note: you officially don't need to drink alcohol to have fun at a club. Teachers, doctors, and parents may have imparted this wisdom from the time we were young, but for many, the idea never stuck. Stockholm, Sweden is…
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Drinkable Peanut Butter is Now a Thing

Have you been wondering if there's a trendy new drink — preferably processed — your diet is missing? Have you recently wondered whether your treatment of peanut butter as its own food group is weird or dangerous? Peanut butter lovers, corporate…
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Qatar's World Cup Situation has Gotten Worse

Things have gone from bad to worse in the controversy over FIFA's 2022 World Cup; it looks like the infrastructure we all knew Qatar would need to build for the World Cup is being built by North Korean slaves. The 2022 World Cup has been…
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I Live Abroad and Here's Why I Still Vote

November 4th is Melbourne Cup Day, a day when Melbourne, Australia — which I currently call home — closes down to host the biggest horse race in the world. On Melbourne Cup Day I’ll be reading exit polls and shouting my thoughts all over the…
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It's International End Poverty Day

Since 1993, the United Nations has observed International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. The day, organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, explicitly recognizes the conditions of the world's most…
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This Robot Barista Won't Take Your Job, Yet

In "things that probably didn't need to be invented" news: there is now a robot called Nextage that can make your coffee. That is, if you consider the ability to make Nespresso "making coffee." Kawana Industry's robot premiered at this week's Japan…
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The Best People to Date for Each Astrological Sign

As someone who grew up in Southern California, I frequently heard "When's your birthday" or "What's your sign" from a new friend or teacher — they’d look to the heavens to help understand who I was. Whether you’re a diehard astrology follower, a…
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All The Cultures That Recognize Transgender People

Last week, Padmini Prakash became India's first transgender TV news anchor. Prakesh's appointment follows a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision to officially recognize a third gender. Transgender Indians now legally have access to driver's…
By Phylisa Wisdom