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jennifer graham

End the war on sun

Despite earnest anti-tanning efforts by schools, the patio still beckons

Coco Chanel was the French fashion designer who went on vacation in 1923 and returned with a suntan, creating a new standard for Caucasian beauty: unhealthily discolored skin.

Nearly a century later, it’s a pre-cancerous standard that persists today, despite the earnest efforts of our public schools and the Obama administration. Like our efforts in Afghanistan, the war on sun continues at great expense with little discernible progress.

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