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Over Easy: The Brave New World of Egg Donors

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Moira Donegan writes for The New Inquiry about egg donors, “Even among physicians and counselors, physical traits are discussed with prominent emphasis: their professional conversations about egg donation slip from the sterile vocabulary of medicine into that of soft eugenics faster than you can say ‘natural blonde.'” Read it here: Over Easy. More after the jump:

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9.30
Misc: Cultural Historian: Are Apple Stores the New Temples?

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Apple stores are designed like temples or churches, to create an experience of “sacred space” in a secular world. Read it in Atlas ObscuraAre Apple Stores the New Temples? For more on how Apple co-opted religious imagery to sell it’s products and create a following read Brett Robinson’s fascinating book: Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs.

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7.6
Misc: Pope Francis Arrives In Ecuador

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Pope Francis is visiting some of the poorest countries in South America this week. He will be meeting with indigenous people and speaking about: the poor, the environment, and the power of the Gospel to transform the world. More from The Wall Street Journal here: Pope Francis Arrives In Ecuador

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