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Have you ever stood at a bus shel­ter and longed to take the weight off your feet, to be pre­sented with only the un­pleas­ant prospect of some metal con­trap­tion to lean on? If you’ve won­dered how any­one could pos­si­bly get com­fort­able us­ing it, then the an­swer is sim­ple — they’re not sup­posed to. In a new wave of de­sign, dubbed hos­tile ar­chi­tec­ture, aes­thet­ics are not the only mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor when mak­ing choices about the form and fab­ric of par­tic­u­lar con­struc­tions.

In early July, Nan­chang, Jiangxi prov­ince, an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of its ma­ter­nity in­sur­ance to fe­male univer­sity stu­dents, to whom it will pro­vide a sub­sidy of 2,000 yuan ($324). The news pro­voked con­tro­versy on­line. Do you sup­port the pol­icy?

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