The Time 100 is often a strange, hilarious and sometimes beautiful parade of unexpected juxtapositions of influential people, and this year is no exception.… Read More
Today is Equal Pay Day, and you don’t have to approve of Patricia Arquette’s poorly considered Oscar-night comments to get behind her push for gender pay equity, which is far from a realized goal in America. The pay gap directly or indirectly affects most workers and their families: women in the US working full-time make only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, while it gets worse when compounded with racial inequality: a Latina woman earns only 56 cents to that dollar. … Read More
She’s in. With Hillary Clinton’s big announcement, a long campaign season looms before us, full of rancor and bitterness, gaffes, poll bounces, and predictions gone awry. Social media has meant that most lingering public caginess about debating politics has evaporated, and many amateur politicos proudly began waving a flag of affiliation and loyalty yesterday. This is particularly true vis-a-vis Hillary Clinton, who elicits lots of armchair punditry because she symbolizes so much to so many people. So to kick off a year and a half of Clinton campaigning, here’s Flavorwire’s guide to the universe of Hillary opinionators — not on TV, but in your own social media feeds. From the conspiracy-loving NRA member to the self-righteous radical, we’ve got all the types of Hillary lovers and haters covered in these nine archetypes. … Read More
Online denizens love to talk about the perils of pile-ons, how one person’s thoughtless, mistake-laden blog post or ill-considered Tweet can bring a rain of disproportionate wrath from commenters, Twitteratti — and then the whole mess will be granted an extra few days of life by the cycle thinkpiece culture. But what if the original thought wasn’t even your own? Then the hate mail and condemnation would not only be extra noxious, but it could affet your reputation, not to mention your search engine index in a terrifying way. … Read More
“Goddess” and “beer” aren’t two words we’re used to seeing together; the beer companies have told us for decades that women are just a backdrop to beer enjoyment and beer making. (Even though that stereotype is further from the truth than you might think: according to the Brewer’s Association, the craft beer market is about 30 percent women.) But a timeline in Render Magazine’s second issue takes it easy on our Clydesdale-and-male-soaked unconscious. The “Goddesses of Beer” timeline is filled with kitschy and playful drawings of ladies with rosy cheeks, but beneath those cute drawings, there’s a powerful statement: women have always been brewmasters, as early as 1800 BC and even throughout the thirteenth century when strict restrictions were put on alewives once brewing moved from the house to the taverns — a woman could only be a brewmaster if her husband held the license. … Read More
It seems that last night, France’s TV5 Monde network (which broadcasts Francophone programs from France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland throughout the world)… Read More
Until the cellphone video was released by his family to the media, the story of Walter Scott’s death at the hands of a South Carolina police officer named Michael Thomas Slager appeared to be just another example of American justice quietly miscarried. Police statements assured local newspapers that the killing occurred after a struggle, and the lede of a Post-Courier story read: “A North Charleston police officer felt threatened last weekend when the driver he had stopped for a broken brake light tried to overpower him and take his Taser. That’s why Patrolman 1st Class Michael Thomas Slager, a former Coast Guardsman, fatally shot the man, the officer’s attorney said Monday.” … Read More
Have you been thirsting for more Serial ever since Sarah Koenig said her last, noncommittal word, and Nick Thorburn’s… Read More
The controversial Rolling Stone piece about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, “A Rape on Campus,” has been in the news once again, after the magazine officially retracted the story and published its report on “what went wrong” with the piece.
There’ve been few tangible repercussions so far. Despite the fact that Rolling Stone published a piece of journalism that was the result of leaning on one woman’s debunked testimony, there will be no high-profile firings at this point. Yet the clearest response to the destruction left in the piece’s wake may be from the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, who announced that they will sue the magazine for libel. … Read More
Today’s release of the annual VIDA count, for literary magazines and book reviews, puts me in mind of a literary gender avenger version of Santa Claus coming to town, weighing whether children (aka magazines) have been naughty or nice. In this case, the question is less how magazine editors have behaved in school, and more how aggressive they’ve been in counterbalancing their blind spots by mindful solicitation of and interest in female writers.
And the judgment of who’s getting coal in their metaphorical stockings is up to us, the readers of these publications when presented with VIDA’s pie charts. We’re encouraged by VIDA to email the editors with praise or disapproval, and we can also help the magazines rectify the situation — encouraging agents, pitchers of book reviews, publicists and writers to do their part and put underrepresented writing forward for consideration. … Read More