Study Finds Poor Women "Priced Out" of Family Planning 

A new report from the Brookings Institute, an influential Washington think tank, confirms what we all know: there's a direct link between family planning and income. The study found, "low-income women are less likely to use contraception and are less likely to have an abortion once pregnant." » 2/28/15 2:00pm 2/28/15 2:00pm

Pol: Spy On Food Stamp Users to Make Sure They're Acting Poor Enough

There's nothing Tea Party freshman and ace troll Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin hates more than a handout: he's vocal on his feelings that welfare is "a bribe not to work that hard" and that food stamp programs "encourage sloth." Now Grothman is reportedly encouraging his constituents to ask a few hard questions of… » 2/25/15 10:10am 2/25/15 10:10am

Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody

There's some good news in the case of Shanesha Taylor, the 35-year-old homeless Air Force veteran who lost custody of her children after being arrested for leaving two of her kids in a car alone on a hot day while she attended a job interview. After five months, she has been granted full custody of her children. Her… » 9/02/14 3:30pm 9/02/14 3:30pm

Rich People Work Out to Lose Weight, Poor People Take Diet Pills

The relationship between poverty and weight is a vital yet often downplayed aspect of the "obesity epidemic." Poor people have less nutritious food in their neighborhood stores (if they have stores at all), less money to buy it, less time to cook it, and less access to preventive medical care. But the fact that… » 8/21/14 4:00pm 8/21/14 4:00pm

White Lady Drives Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps; Chaos Ensues

Darlena Cunha had it so good in 2008 for a white woman from an affluent suburb with a college degree: She and her husband earned $120k, twins on the way, a house worth $250k. Then the market crashed, husband lost his (journalism) job, and the preemies needed costly formula. Their solid middle class income now clocked… » 7/10/14 1:00pm 7/10/14 1:00pm

Ben Stein: Allowing God in Government Would Help the Drunk, Lazy Poors

Oh, good! Ben Stein, the conservative commentator and actor who you may recognize from Clear Eyes commercials, has something to say about poor people! Listen up, peasants! This is for your own good. » 4/09/14 7:45pm 4/09/14 7:45pm

Donations Pour in for Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of a woman in New Jersey, a Phoenix mom who was arrested for leaving her kids in a car while she went to a job interview now has more than $91,00o. » 4/09/14 10:00am 4/09/14 10:00am

Homeless Mother Arrested For Leaving Kids in Car During Job Interview

Shanesha Taylor, a mother of two from Scottsdale, Arizona, was called in for a job interview last week. Because she's homeless and doesn't have access to childcare, she had to leave her six-month-old and 2-year-old in the car with the windows cracked while she did the interview. While she was gone, police were called… » 3/28/14 6:15pm 3/28/14 6:15pm

Impoverished Woman on HBO's Paycheck to Paycheck Can't Win for Losing

"It's like she can't win for losin'." This is something my grandmother — who worked in a shirt factory for most of her life in rural Tennessee — used to say about seeing the struggle to make ends meet. And it's what I still think of when I see stories about poverty in this country. » 3/27/14 3:10pm 3/27/14 3:10pm

Does True Detective Exploit Louisiana's Poor?

I haven't watched True Detective yet (so thanks for giving me this assignment with SPOILERS IN IT, JESSICA), but pretty much everyone I know is obsessed with it, so I read today's socioeconomic critique of it over at Salon with interest. (Again, spoiler alert. Hmph.) » 3/12/14 7:15pm 3/12/14 7:15pm

Celeb Culture Skewered by Canadian Social Services Campaign

The ads, which feature struggling single mothers from the Toronto area, ask a simple question: "What if we cared about those living in poverty as much as we care about celebrities?" » 1/20/14 3:10pm 1/20/14 3:10pm

Being Stupid Is Not A Choice, So Stop Hating Me For It

Today, Thought Catalog, a blog that serves as a future embarrassment machine for self-absorbed 23-year-olds who don't know any better, ran a post called "Being Privileged Is Not A Choice, So Stop Hating Me For It" (it's just as bad — NAY, WORSE — than it sounds). What follows is the only logically possible response. » 9/23/13 6:10pm 9/23/13 6:10pm

Racist Congressman Uses Fried Chicken to Defend Her Right to Be Racist

Now that politicians have solved all of the problems, it's lovely to see them getting down to the really important stuff — petty, childish gestures in support of a dying ideology. Come, little ducklings. Let's meet Republican Colorado Congressman-cum-professional-racist Lori Saine. » 9/05/13 4:50pm 9/05/13 4:50pm

Tennessee's Terrifying New Plan to Punish the Families of…

Tennessee. What's up, friend? Quick question: How can the state that houses the happiest place on earth, aka Dollywood, be so fucking daft? » 4/01/13 11:50am 4/01/13 11:50am

Yes, I'd Love to Get More Sleep and Be Skinny, But I Have Three Jobs

Yet another thing is working against you in your quest for an itty bitty waist (but probably helping you succeed at having a round thing in other people's faces): your sleeping habits. Everyone has different sleep needs, but the average is between 7 and 9 hours a night, and even getting an hour less than you need can… » 3/12/13 1:40pm 3/12/13 1:40pm

Things That Trigger Your Class Rage (and What to Do About It)

We probably seem painfully ordinary or even invisible. We are middle-class-looking people (or "better") who drive unremarkable but reliable cars, usually conjugate verbs correctly and probably went to college. We might even have jobs and successes that make us seem like we sailed through the flaming hoops of the… » 3/04/13 6:30pm 3/04/13 6:30pm

Super Mayor Cory Booker Starts Food Stamp Challenge, Already Missing…

Last month, Cory Booker announced that he'd be living off food stamps for a week, and today was his first day on the program. He has $29.78 for the week. » 12/04/12 11:45pm 12/04/12 11:45pm

CB2 Sells Wallet Inspired by New York's 'Iconic' Homeless People

Crate & Barrel's CB2 chain wants you to buy this wallet because it looks just like the paper cups New York City homeless people use to beg for change from the indifferent population. Poor people! So cute, amirite? » 12/04/12 3:10pm 12/04/12 3:10pm

Blonde-Haired Child Beggar in Mexico Sparks a Not-So Polite Discussion…

A blonde-haired girl begging on the street in Mexico has caused quite a Facebook stir, prompting some observers to renew a long-standing debate about racism in Mexico, where indigenous people, according to CBS News, "live in poverty and passers-by often barely notice the dark-skinned children begging in the street." A… » 10/28/12 2:00pm 10/28/12 2:00pm