The 20-Week Abortion Ban Bind

Increasingly, states are making it illegal for women to get an abortion after 20 weeks — which happens to be right around the time many women find out their pregnancies aren’t viable.

Source: Elle
Published: Nov 2, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,385 words)

My Father Was An Abusive Sociopath, And I Was The Only One He Had Left

Christina Wallace’s devastating essay about being called upon to place into a nursing home the sociopathic father she hadn’t seen in years—who’d molested her, and beaten her mother—and to then attend his funeral.

Source: Elle
Published: Sep 8, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,328 words)

The Tween-Ruled App Turning Middle Schoolers Into Pop Stars

Millions of teens are on a social network most of us haven’t heard of called, and some of them are gaining a massive following before they reach high school.

Source: Elle
Published: Jul 20, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,508 words)

11,431 Rape Kits Were Collected and Forgotten in Detroit. This Is The Story of One of Them.

Clark weaves the story of Ardelia Ali’s 1995 rape—one of 11,431 Detroit cases in which the rape kit had been left untested—into a profile of Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, who took on the testing of those kits and the prosecution of perpetrators as a personal mission. Worthy, both the first woman and first African American to hold her position, is a rape survivor herself. Her commitment to women brave enough to report what happened to them is rooted, in part, in her own regret for not going to the police after her own experience, leaving her rapist free possibly to attack other women.

Author: Anna Clark
Source: Elle
Published: Jun 27, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7,297 words)

The Untold History of Aretha Franklin’s Irrevocable ‘Respect’

On the enduring power of “one of the best female anthems of all time.”

Source: Elle
Published: Apr 8, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,552 words)

Why Is Melissa Broder So Sad Today?

Inside the world of Twitter’s favorite depressive.

Source: Elle
Published: Mar 15, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,331 words)

Trial by Twitter

The social media diaries of three teenage friends reveals clues to the disappearance of one of them.

Source: Elle
Published: Sep 17, 2014
Length: 29 minutes (7,439 words)

Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

What happens to frozen embryos that aren’t used during the in vitro fertilization process? Ford reflects on his and his wife’s experience having twins and questions about how to handle the remaining frozen embryos:

“The first option we considered with our remaining embryos was to do nothing. Just leave them on ice and make a decision later. They can stay frozen for a long time—in 2005 a child was born from an embryo frozen 13 years earlier—though our clinic recommends waiting no more than seven years. We asked, ‘What happens if we don’t pay?’ The doctor shrugged. ‘Would you destroy them?’ The doctor shook her head. In my experience fertility doctors shrug a lot. There’s a lot of guesswork. Of course they keep billing you.”

Author: Paul Ford
Source: Elle
Published: Sep 30, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2,700 words)

I’m For Sale

A writer looks for a balance between creative ambition and financial security:

“I recently asked my dad if he ever regretted not following those early ambitions. No, he told me. Even though he’d toyed with doing a more commercial craft like silversmithing or pottery, he realized how hard a life that would be, always having to scramble to keep the money coming. So instead, he found a career that drew on something else he cared about—helping others—and that would also, in later years, allow him to support a family and have enough time to be active in raising them. ‘I was never out to make a whole lot of money. My whole goal was balance,’ he said.”

Source: Elle
Published: Apr 11, 2013
Length: 8 minutes (2,104 words)