“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?”
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.
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.
Do men just want a uniform, someone to dress them, or both?
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.
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.
“You can’t waltz into a pueblo and say, ‘I’m here so you can tell me about your religion.'”
“They are determined to get rid of us, and we can no longer rely on our community’s miraculous evolution alone to protect us. We cannot expend all our energy every day just to survive, just to see another morning, like a desert animal.”
In January, when a teenager killed two of his classmates Marshall County High School, in Benton, Kentucky, there were no protests, no uprising. The blame went to video games, bullying, parents, the culture at large. Guns were not to blame, far from it.