Louisiana ranks dead last and received an "F" grade in a new report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked each U.S. state by its wage gaps, poverty levels, access to health care, and leadership roles in relation to women.
The reports note that "an increasing number of women are either the sole breadwinner for their family or share the role with their partners" while women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes — and African American women make 64 cents for every dollar white men make.
Women make up 18 percent of Congress, and 15 states have no female elected leaders in the House of Representatives or the Senate.
In Louisiana, more than 22 percent of women in Louisiana live in poverty — while 36 percent of African American women live in poverty. (The report points out that only 11 percent of women live in poverty in Maryland, listed as the No. 1 state for women.)
The state also received an "F" for health care: 19 percent of women are uninsured, while 23 percent of African American are uninsured, and 35 percent of Hispanic women are uninsured. The state also was ranked poorly for its stance on reproductive rights, including requiring an ultrasound before a doctor performs an abortion and so-called "TARP" laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers), which place arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics or doctor's offices. Louisiana is one of 28 states with such laws.
The report also ranked Louisiana poorly for not having laws that create programs for paid family leave insurance or temporary disability insurance, nor laws that require employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
As far as leadership, 38.6 percent of Louisiana women hold management positions, while 55.4 percent are African American, 36.3 percent are Hispanic, 44.16 are Asian American, and 27.7 are Native American.
From the “Gee, I’m in the wrong business” file:
A national study conducted by the dating website SeekingArrangement.com and released this week, shows New Orleans has 2.43 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, putting the Big Easy 13th on the list. In another survey of sugar daddies released in December 2012, the website broke down statistics by religion, finding the highest number of sugar daddies were Jewish (28 percent), 17 percent were evangelicals (17 percent), 14 percent were Catholic and 8 percent were Protestant. (Twelve percent of sugar daddies in the study were not affiliated with a specific religion, and 3 percent identified themselves as atheist or agnostic.
The new study ranks Atlanta in first place, with 5.98 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, Scottsdale, Ariz., came in second with 5.23, San Francisco dropped two places from last year with 4.94, Tampa, Fla., takes fourth with 4.48 and Boston places fifth with 4.29 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men. Charlotte, S.C., came in last (20th) with a 1.49 count.
In advance of her appearance at this weekend's Buku Music + Art Project, Vice's Noisey music blog asked cosmic bounce empress Big Freedia — who reigns over a "wiggling parade of rears, buns, and dutch dumplings" and "lives in an endless forest of rears" — for a brief New Orleans tour guide.
Freedia's food picks: Deanie's and Cajun Seafood. Freedia also offers her picks for dog grooming and interior design and decorating services.
Also, Freedia recently reminded us she won't be leaving town any time soon — where else can you find actual flavor.
Find more of Vice's "Road to Buku" feature here.
As part of its city guide series, Complex Magazine explores the "New Orleans douche" and his habitat, namely the watering holes in which you may find one in the wild:
With so many boozing options, it's easy to fall prey to the advice of the opinionated and over-friendly locals. If the person giving you tips sets off even the slightest blip on your douche radar, there's a 99% chance the spot he's hyping is not where you want to be.
According to Complex, among the douche's favorites include The Bulldog, Dos Jefes, Pat O'Brien's, Bridge Lounge, Fat Harry's, Monkey Hill, Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar and Walk-On's. Among the higher-brow "douche" domains: Bouligny Tavern, Loa and Three Muses. Though the favorite, says douche-safariman Steve French, is Channing Tatum's Saints & Sinners. French writes, "This Bourbon Street douche magnet loves a theme night like a stripper loves the Super Bowl being in town."
Complex also discoverd other "douche" territories, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
We've had some fun little scraps these past several months, Travel + Leisure. We know you just love a good click-through slideshow article to grab our attentions and have us write reactionary blogs as you bathe in a money jacuzzi — we know you love us. C'mon. You do.
The Crescent City is the ultimate crowd-pleaser: it scored in the top five in more than half of the survey’s categories. These high marks run the gamut from the quite civilized—fine dining, architecture, and antiques—to the boisterously unpretentious, such as its top-rated music scene and the colorful people-watching.
When we tabulated the overall popularity results—those cities with the most top-five rankings across the 66 categories—a clear winner emerged. New Orleans scored in the top five in more than half of the survey’s categories, from fine dining, architecture, and antiques to the entertaining people-watching and its No. 1-ranked music scene.
Also, here's a satisfying graphic you can recreate with the city-to-city face-off:
In a move that beautifully illustrates everything terrible about lists and the void-staring media butt-scratchers' obsession with defining "hipster," Forbes.com comes along and uses a dang formula ("a quantitative approach") to come up with a Top 20 of places everyone already recognizes as "pretty cool" now designated "hipsterdom."
And what's even better, it includes the Warehouse District, a haven for lost tourists and "art lovers," home of the towering Entrepreneur Spire the IP Building and upscale loft dwellers with vague job descriptions.
"No, that can't be," says infuriated card-carrying hipster-hating New Orleans Resident, as their straw fedora pops off in a fit of steaming rage. "Marigny. Bywater. That's where they are. Riding bikes and being vegan, all over my Epic Bacon."
The contrarian tastemakers at Forbes have defied you, New Orleans Resident:
Forget the French Quarter, NOLA's brand of hipster hangs here. The neighborhood, also known as the Arts District, touts amazing restaurants (including Emeril Lagasse's original restaurant), access to the Crescent City farmers market, and a collection of galleries and museums that include the Contemporary Arts Center and the National World War II Museum.
Emeril Lagasse: Hipster
Has it really been a whole year since Travel+Leisure did its "America's [fill in the blank] Cities" list? Yes, it has. And list-loving New Orleanians might be interested in some of the results, including the designation of the Crescent City as the second-dirtiest burg in America. (Don't tell Sidney.)
Other listicle nuggets: We're the country's top city for "wild weekends," bars, and friendly locals — as well as No. 1 in "offbeat," nudging out Santa Fe, N.M.; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Ore. As far as sports-crazed, we only made it to No. 4, and few will be surprised that Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago came out ahead.
Taceaux Loceaux, as their name suggests, serves “Nola-Mex” tacos. Yes, that includes the ubiquitous Korean taco (Seoul Man); other favorites include the Aieee, which contains spicy-hot andouille sausage, and Messin’ with Texas, a BBQ brisket taco. The husband-wife team, Maribeth and Alex del Castillo, recently opened a permanent location inside the nightclub Chickie-Wah-Wah, which will offer an even more varied menu of tacos and new goodies like ceviche and homemade salsas.*
* According to Gambit A&E editor Will Coviello, Taceaux Loceaux is now out of its partnership with Chickie Wah Wah.
Axe-scented scientists determined the sexiest band, the sexiest place of worship, the sexiest ice cream truck — and its choice for sexiest college went to Louisiana State University, a name that really fires up the loins of anyone who dare speak its name. According to Maxim:
Take a road trip down to Baton Rouge, where football is king, gumbo abounds, and the student bodies are magna cum hotties.
Ah, yes, the noted aphrodisiacs football and gumbo. Put it on your "must have" list in the bedroom this Valentine's Day.
Another day, another list. Who dat say New Orleans is the best city for ringing in the New Year?* Travel+Leisure say we're the best city for ringing in the New Year!
New Orleans beat out San Juan, P.R., Honolulu, Savannah and Las Vegas for the honor. Surprisingly, New York only came in at No. 13.
* Yes, we know it's from last year, but T+L didn't do a similar list this year.
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