Sinead O’Connor Remembers Things Differently

“The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and derailed her life. What if the opposite were true?”

Published: May 18, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,644 words)

The Wing Is a Women’s Utopia. Unless You Work There.

Surprise: women’s empowerment harnessed to American-style capitalism delivers more inequality, and an Instagram wall can’t fix it.

Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,140 words)

Tina Turner is Having the Time of Her Life

A month before “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” comes to Broadway, Amanda Hess pays Turner a visit at “Chateau Algonquin,” as Swiss castle she rents with her husband, to profile the 79-year-old in all her retired glory.

Published: Sep 9, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,835 words)

She Draws Deeply Human Characters. They’re Just Animals.

“[A]t school, she pretended that she was a horse. This did not help integrate her into the mainstream of child society, but privately she expressed confidence in her choice.”

Published: Apr 29, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,137 words)

The Astonishing Power of YouNow

Teens are gaining a huge following—and making money—on a little-known video streaming network.

Source: Slate
Published: Dec 9, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,061 words)

A History of the Sexiest Man Alive

An in-depth history of People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue.

Source: Slate
Published: Nov 18, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5,235 words)

Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

Women who are harassed online through social media sites like Twitter and in the comment sections of media sites have found it difficult to seek help from law enforcement agencies:

So women who are harassed online are expected to either get over ourselves or feel flattered in response to the threats made against us. We have the choice to keep quiet or respond “gleefully.”

But no matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment—and the sheer volume of it—has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet. Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower our emotional bandwidth, take up our time, and cost us money through legal fees, online protection services, and missed wages. I’ve spent countless hours over the past four years logging the online activity of one particularly committed cyberstalker, just in case. And as the Internet becomes increasingly central to the human experience, the ability of women to live and work freely online will be shaped, and too often limited, by the technology companies that host these threats, the constellation of local and federal law enforcement officers who investigate them, and the popular commentators who dismiss them—all arenas that remain dominated by men, many of whom have little personal understanding of what women face online every day.

Published: Jan 6, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7,188 words)