How Berkeley High’s Whisper Network Started a Movement

“This country is coming off years of high-profile attention to the handling of sexual assault allegations on college campuses, thanks, in part, to student activists like Emma Sulkowicz and Obama-era awareness campaigns. Despite the focus of public attention, though, the problem exists at the elementary and high school level, too.”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,146 words)

The End of Miss America

If only the actual Miss America were as gorgeous and erudite as this essay about the decrepitude of a stagnant pageant in a changing world.

Author: Lyz Lenz
Source: Jezebel
Published: Feb 20, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,814 words)

It’s Not a Clinic, It’s a Caste System

Surely, there is a happy medium between “delightful” concierge healthcare and no healthcare at all that we as a society are smart enough to figure out. (Also, no one ever had a delightful pap smear, no matter how tasty the infused water in the waiting room was.)

Source: Jezebel
Published: Feb 12, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,259 words)

Inside the Spectacular Implosion at the Romance Writers of America

As the book publishing industry changed, the roles that the Romance Writers of America played becama less clear, and the organization’s troubled relationship with inclusion and intersectionality became increasingly problematic.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jan 15, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,196 words)

Stories About My Brother

“I was finally becoming the woman I had always wanted to be, but was heartbroken that my brother, the person I loved more than anyone else in the world, seemingly hated that woman… When he died, I believed that I didn’t know the facts of his life well enough to write his obituary. Worse, I feared that he wouldn’t have wanted me to write it. How do you write about someone you loved intensely, but didn’t really like?”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 26, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,812 words)

‘Soulful Vanilla Child’: When Pink Was Black

As a kid, the author mistook the pop/R&B artist Pink for a light-skinned black woman. In this reported essay, she takes a look at the cultural forces that encouraged that misconception.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,975 words)

The Last Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in America

Megan Reynolds tries the much ballyhooed (and at least temporarily unavailable) Popeye’s chicken sandwich and considers the minimum-wage workers exploited in responding to the frenzy for it, along with other problematic aspects of its popularity among bougie foodies.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Aug 28, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,104 words)

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help

Do men just want a uniform, someone to dress them, or both?

Source: Jezebel
Published: Apr 24, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,893 words)

What Do I Want From a Fat Protagonist?

Kelly Faircloth’s review of the year in fat film and TV characters is both a best- and worst-of list, and a personal exploration of the importance and challenges of representation.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,160 words)

How Many Women Have To Bleed?

Deadspin senior editor Diana Moskovitz has been one of the few reporters to cover not only both of Bill Cosby’s trials but also his conviction and sentencing, in which Cosby will spend upwards of ten years in state prison for sexual assault. She describes in vivid detail the exhaustion and public suffering still exacted on women, even during the #MeToo era.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,573 words)