Other Lena Dunham Pitches ‘The New Yorker’ (and the ADL) Will Definitely Accept

Lena Dunham published a quiz this week in The New Yorker – entitled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” — and it’s causing a stir, as everything she produces tends to do these days. … Read More

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Why Hasn’t Ted Cruz Responded to ‘The New Yorker’s’ “Uppity” Slur?

“Uppity” is, to put it lightly, an ugly word. It’s got a long and unpleasant history in this country of being racially loaded, of being used to connote the idea of ethnic minorities — especially African Americans — getting above their station and challenging a white hegemony that should remain untouched. Unsurprisingly, its use in politics has been a particularly prominent issue throughout the Obama presidency, with the usual roll-call of right-wing dog whistlers — Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity — lining up to use, and then defend, the word in relation to Barack and Michelle Obama. With all this in mind, then, it was startling to see The New Yorker, of all publications, make an ass of itself this week in using the word to describe Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. … Read More

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How Azealia Banks Dispensed With Respectability Politics and Brought the Mainstream to Her Turf

When it comes to Azealia Banks, the most difficult thing to reconcile may be the fact that despite her loose-cannon reputation, she’s actually quite lucid. As an artist, she moves between pop confection and introspective hip hop with a fluidity that belies burgeoning skill and talent as much as it does a rapidly developing sense of music business acumen. As a personality, she’s mastered the ability to create sound bites (and tweets) that keep her referential, controversial, and in the press. … Read More

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Why Are Colleges So Eager to Police Speech But So Reluctant to Address the Campus Rape Epidemic?

This week, Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan took a long look at the suspension of a rugby team at the University of Mary Washington over a vulgar, sexist “pub song” sung at a celebration and surreptitiously videotaped. At first glance, the tale looks like a gendered repeat of the racist SAE Oklahoma frat story, except further digging by Ryan reveals it was not quite the same situation. … Read More

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Is Monica Lewinsky a Feminist Icon?

Monica Lewinsky is a heroine, and not just as the fictional subject of a web video series. Instead, as she takes tentative steps back into the public eye, she may be emerging as an icon for a younger generation of feminists, at least according to a long profile by Jessica Bennett in the New York Times in conjunction with Lewinsky’s well-received TED Talk on cyber-bullying last week. … Read More

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‘Rolling Stone’ Will Publish the Review of its Own Controversial Article, “A Rape on Campus”

CNNMoney reports that Rolling Stone will soon publish the official review of the controversy-igniting article, “A Rape On… Read More

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Everything That’s Happened to Robert Durst (and Andrew Jarecki) Since ‘The Jinx’ Finale

Remember when The Jinx, a documentary series by Andrew Jarecki, premiered on HBO in February to relatively indifferent reviews? When Robert Durst was just a bogeyman’s name, whispered at night by New York’s wealthiest? Everything changed come the one-two punch of this weekend with The Jinx‘s finale, which ended with Durst — the suspect in three disappearances and murders over 30 years — muttering in the bathroom, mic still on, that he “killed ‘em all, of course.” … Read More

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A Rare Real Case of Free Speech vs. “PC” Culture: The Feminist Victimhood Wars at Northwestern

In recent months, a schism has emerged in feminist thought around issues of “victimhood.” On one side, there is a growing movement of young people who (correctly) understand how myriad forces like rape culture, trauma, and discrimination tear into a person’s, and society’s, well-being and wholeness. On the other side, a growing contingent of (mostly white) feminists — journalists, essayists, and thinkers — is pushing back against prioritizing “wounds” in feminist discourse, particularly when they say such wounds are weaponized and used to shut down discourse. Meghan Daum calls it “grievance culture.” Laura Kipnis calls it “paranoia.” Jessica Crispin calls it “emotional segregation.” And Michelle Goldberg says it’s a “politics of protection.” … Read More

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