Sexism

The past resurfaces with a vengeance

This afternoon, Virginia's attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the past, while an accuser detailed her sexual assault allegations against the state's lieutenant governor.

Diagram: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The big picture: In decades past, these allegations might not have ever become public. Now, they're impossible to dismiss. And that's not just true for public officials.

Airlines are having trouble handling inappropriate passenger behavior

Passengers on a plane
Passengers on a plane. Photo: Photo by Nicolas Economou/LightRocket via Getty Images

Airlines are struggling to deal with racist, homophobic, ageist and sexually abusive passengers on their flights, with 350 reported cases of such misconduct reported last year, Bloomberg reports, citing provisional data from the International Air Transport Association.

Why it matters: Several airlines have faced public criticism for their inability to prevent misconduct on their flights, while only one in 20 passengers are removed from planes for such behavior.