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The Protection Racket The Protection Racket

On Wednesday morning, BuzzFeed published a thinkpiece publicly revealing the fleeting existence of a list that began circulating among women in the media Wednesday afternoon, and was gone by Wednesday evening (a copy seemed to reappear late Thursday afternoon). Put briefly, the list, called Shitty Media Men, had…

Don't Make a Scene Don't Make a Scene

“Don’t embarrass me in the hotel,” Harvey Weinstein commanded model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez in a recording published on Tuesday by the New Yorker. Released with a story detailing part of a long history of rape and sexual assault allegations leveled against the producer, the recording was initially part of a New York…

Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Chipping Away at Obamacare  Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Chipping Away at Obamacare 

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Carmen Maria Machado on Her New Book & the 'Surreal Horror' of 'Being a Woman or Queer Person in the World' Carmen Maria Machado on Her New Book & the 'Surreal Horror' of 'Being a Woman or Queer Person in the World'

The women of Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection Her Body and Other Parties are haunted, invisible, stitched together, loved, in love, alone, dead, and alive at the end of the world. The women who populate Machado’s short stories defy easy categorization, much like her book itself. Her Body and Other Parties is a…

The Spectacle of Donald Trump's Humiliated Men  The Spectacle of Donald Trump's Humiliated Men 

“He loves this country. He puts Americans and America first. He’s smart and he demands results,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said about Donald Trump in a short press conference on Wednesday afternoon. The curious presser came shortly after NBC reported that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron” (later clarified to…

Tim Murphy, Anti-Abortion Congressman Who Allegedly Suggested That His Ex Have an Abortion, Resigns  Tim Murphy, Anti-Abortion Congressman Who Allegedly Suggested That His Ex Have an Abortion, Resigns 

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Why Would Anyone Create an Online Hoax After a Tragedy?  Why Would Anyone Create an Online Hoax After a Tragedy? 

Shortly after news broke of the shooting in Las Vegas that has now left 59 people dead, an anonymous Twitter account, subsequently deleted, shared a photograph of a teenage girl. Attached to it was a desperate appeal written entirely in capital letters that described the girl in the photograph as the Twitter user’s…

Anti-Abortion Congressman Reportedly Suggested That His Mistress Have an Abortion  Anti-Abortion Congressman Reportedly Suggested That His Mistress Have an Abortion 

Here is a familiar story: a man builds his political reputation on morality, standing up against the erosion of values under modernity, aligning himself with similar-minded (and well-funded) political groups that support his political ambitions and fill his coffers with money only to be revealed as a complete…

The Supreme Court Is About to Have a 'Momentous' Year The Supreme Court Is About to Have a 'Momentous' Year

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said the Supreme Court’s term that began on Monday would be “momentous,” and virtually every report agrees: this term will be “one for the history books,” and central to the “shape the future of democracy.”

Tom Price Is a Grifter??? Tom Price Is a Grifter???

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Cover of New Sylvia Plath Volume Sells Her as a Blonde in a Bikini Cover of New Sylvia Plath Volume Sells Her as a Blonde in a Bikini

A literary milestone,” and an“essential to any student...of modern literature,” is how Kirkus describes the forthcoming collection, The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956. This new volume of Plath’s early letters, edited by Plath scholars Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil is, by all accounts, a serious and…

The House Is Slated to Vote on Its Favorite 20-Week Abortion Ban Again  The House Is Slated to Vote on Its Favorite 20-Week Abortion Ban Again 

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that H.R. 36, otherwise known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” is scheduled for a House vote on October 3.

New Graham-Cassidy Bill Removes Birth Control Mandate and Guts Protections for Preexisting Conditions [Updated] New Graham-Cassidy Bill Removes Birth Control Mandate and Guts Protections for Preexisting Conditions [Updated]

“If you want a hearing, you better shut up,” Senator Orrin Hatch told a group of protesters who had arrived at Monday afternoon’s Finance Committee hearing to voice their concerns about the revised Graham-Cassidy bill. Last week, Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, looked like…

Maternity Wards Are Closing in Rural America Leaving Pregnant Women Without Care  Maternity Wards Are Closing in Rural America Leaving Pregnant Women Without Care 

Here is a staggering statistic: more than half of the rural counties in the United States no longer have a local hospital with a maternity ward, leaving pregnant women without necessary—and potentially lifesaving—pre- and post-natal care.

The Trump Administration Is the 'Most Male-Dominated Government' in Over 2 Decades The Trump Administration Is the 'Most Male-Dominated Government' in Over 2 Decades

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I Read Every Single Page of the New Goop Magazine, and If Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Her Way, You Will Too I Read Every Single Page of the New Goop Magazine, and If Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Her Way, You Will Too

The debut issue of Goop’s magazine is dedicated, Editor-in-Chief Gwenyth Paltrow writes, to “wellness.” That’s no surprise, as Paltrow and her brand have built a small empire on “wellness,” a word that—in large part due to Paltrow’s influence and Goop’s success—has popped up in nearly every woman’s publication in the…

Why Do We Allow Terrible Men Redemption?

Nearly six months after Fox News parted ways with Bill O’Reilly, Today finally offered him the chance for redemption. In a segment Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer asked O’Reilly about the sexual harassment charges leveled against him while O’Reilly insisted that the allegations were untrue—little more, O’Reilly argued,…

What's Going On With That NY Times Review of a Book About Campus Rape? What's Going On With That NY Times Review of a Book About Campus Rape?

“Fascinating but often frustrating” and “too sloppy with the facts to succeed” and full of “baffling errors that threaten to undermine her entire book,” is how writer Michelle Goldberg describes Vanessa Grigoriadis’s new book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, in an early September review in…

Paul Ryan Says There 'Isn't an Agreement' Between Democrats and Trump on DACA  Paul Ryan Says There 'Isn't an Agreement' Between Democrats and Trump on DACA 

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Hillary Clinton's What Happened Is Whatever You Want It to Be  Hillary Clinton's What Happened Is Whatever You Want It to Be 

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, should never have been written. Or maybe it’s a “feminist manifesto.” Or perhaps Clinton’s book is an unwelcome post-mortem, inspiring little more than “dread” and an audible “collective groan” from fellow Democrats. Maybe. Or maybe that response is just base misogyny, an “…

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