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The Media Is Finally Having a Sane Conversation About Working Moms

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The phrase “having it all” is blessedly absent from New Republic editor Rebecca Traister’s latest, a survey of America’s chronically inadequate family leave and the economic inequality it creates. But though the much-maligned phrase, which Jennifer Szalai pointed out last month has been “a puffed-up corporate come-on” from its very beginning, is never explicitly invoked in Traister’s piece, it nonetheless looms in the background. That’s because Traister, along with a few other writers, is finally correcting for the massive flaw in both the idea of “having it all” and the entire, maddening discourse it evokes: talking, Szalai writes, “as if we know everything we need to know about working mothers while saying nothing substantive about the particular challenges they face.”
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The Obamas’ ‘People’ Magazine Interview About Racism Is All Subtext

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This morning, the progressive Internet considered two important pieces about race in this post-Ferguson era: “‘Listen when I talk to you!’: How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in” by Brittney Cooper at Salon and “I Don’t Know What To Do With Nice White People” at Jezebel — both challenging essays that call even the most well-intentioned white people to account for aiding and abetting white supremacy.

Both pieces, which I thought were excellent, were getting assailed by racist commenters the last time I checked.
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Hacked Sony Email Confirms What Chris Rock Told Us About Racism in Hollywood

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Let’s tread very lightly here. In a nutshell: Over the past several days, a group calling itself Guardians of Peace has released scores of files and documents attained via a massive hack of Sony Pictures, reportedly executed in protest of the company’s upcoming release of The Interview, a goofy comedy wherein Seth Rogen and James Franco are sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un. The initial leaks were harmless enough — high-quality downloads of Sony movies — but they quickly escalated to include salary spreadsheets, film budgets, unreleased scripts, medical records, passwords, contact information, and, most damningly, private email correspondences between Sony higher-ups. The whole thing is pretty awful.
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Flavorwire’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

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It’s that time of year again: the season of the holiday gift guide. And in keeping with tradition, if you’re looking for a present for that special cultural icon of yours (or just someone who reminds you of a certain famous face), Flavorwire has you covered. Here are our gift recommendations for some of the year’s biggest names in culture, whether they be naughty, nice, or lurking somewhere in …Read More

A Nonfiction Tour of America: 50 Books for 50 States

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Whether you’re staying at home this summer or traveling around to different parts of America, the easiest way to discover what makes this country tick, in ways both maddening and beautiful, is to read some books. To aid you on this virtual journey, Flavorwire has dug up some of the best nonfiction about specific American locations — in this case, our 50 states — and found 50 books that will shed light on every corner of the …Read More

10 Charming Fan Letters From Cultural Icons

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Last night, as you’re well aware, the fourth season of Game of Thrones came to a close, and everyone went bananas. And perhaps, somewhere, some future literary superstar penned a fan letter to George R.R. Martin, telling him what an inspiration his work is. It’s not too much of a stretch — presumably in preparation for the finale, iO9 dug up that great fan letter that young Master Martin wrote to Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, raving over the greatness of a recent Fantastic Four issue. Such a missive is a blast to read now; it’s also but one example of the fine tradition of superstars who reveal themselves (either before their own fame or after it) to be super-fans.
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