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About Alison Wilkinson

Ali Wilkinson is a lawyer and writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Elephant Journal and Scary Mommy, among others. She blogs at Run, Knit, Love.

Articles by Alison Wilkinson

The Call of the Wild Comes at a Distinct Cost.

[DIGEST: AAAS, New York Times, Motherboard] New research suggests that, as with humans, some female monkeys find deep male voices more attractive than their higher-pitched brethren. In a cruel kick in the pants, this research also suggests that – at least with howler monkeys – the deeper the voice, the smaller the testicles. In a study … Continued


How Do You Stop Serial Rapists? Test the Hundreds of Thousands of Backlogged Rape Kits

The federal Department of Justice and New York City officials recently announced grants totaling nearly $80 million to help clear the massive backlog of rape kits languishing, untested, in police evidence rooms across the country. The funding will enable the processing of more than 70,000 untested kits in more than 40 law enforcement jurisdictions, making … Continued


Top Republican Admits Taxpayer-Funded Benghazi Committee Was Politically Motivated

[DIGEST: CNN, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post] Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy’s comments to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday have created a firestorm, not just among Democrats, but among Republicans as well, who are scrambling to distance themselves from the latest political controversy. The question: whether the $4.5 million taxpayer-funded Benghazi … Continued


The Vatican Finds It to Be “Impossible” for Transgender People to Be Godparents

[DIGEST: Catholic News Agency, The Advocate, Washington Post] Alex Salinas, a practicing Spanish Catholic, was “thrilled and honored” when his sister asked him to be his nephew’s godfather. As required under Catholic law, he sought permission from his local church to assume the role. The process was halted, however, due to what the priest considered … Continued


With Sanctions Poised to Lift, Many Iranians Remain Cautious

In July, Iran reached a landmark nuclear nonproliferation deal with the United States and five other world powers. The recent failure by Congressional Republicans to block the deal cleared the way for the White House to begin the process of lifting Iranian sanctions. For a country that has been under the thumb of sanctions for decades—and crippling sanctions for … Continued


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