“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
When Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus” in November 2014, the harrowing story of young woman gang-raped by a fraternity at the University of Virginia went viral instantly. It was powerful reporting by writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, using the testimony of “Jackie” in order to paint a damming portrait of the college’s institutional response to a case of human brutality. The story received 2.7 million views, “more than any other feature not about a celebrity that the magazine had ever published,” according to Rolling Stone. … Read More
April Fools’ Day on the Internet can be a minefield in these absurdist times. What’s a joke and what’s quotidian clickbait? What’s clever, dry, post-hipster satire and what’s April Fools-specific satire? For example: Are your friends mockingly imitating the people who are actually defending those racist tweets, or they actually applauding the racist tweets? Is a pizzeria really deigning to declare itself off-limits for gay weddings? We confess to being a bit bewildered ourselves, worried as to whether we’re going to click our way onto a virtual whoopee cushion, so we thought we’d offer a guide for navigating these stormy seas.
Look at the below headlines and determine whether each is an April Fools story or an actual conservative headline: … Read More
There’s been an ongoing controversy over Indiana’s adoption of a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), largely because of the potential it grants for the discrimination against LGBT people on religious grounds. This week, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook penned an op-ed for the Washington Post wherein he argued that the laws “go against very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.” He’s right on both counts, but the first is one that warrants exploring further, because the RFRA in all its incarnations isn’t just a bad law — it’s a fundamentally ill-conceived one. … Read More