Becoming Ugly

“There are days when all I want is to become a human road sign, a blinking hazard to any man misfortunate enough to cross my path: ‘I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR SIGHT. I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR EVERYTHING.'”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 29, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,127 words)

The Team of Men Behind Rachel Brewson, the Fake Woman Whose Trump-Fueled Breakup Went Viral

Liberal Rachel Brewson became an internet — and eventually, television — celeb after sharing the story of her tumultuous relationship with a Republican named Todd. How is she different from a thousand other personal essay writers? Rachel was never real.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Oct 4, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,198 words)

All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me

Tolentino explores the recent “Becky With the Bad Grades v. UT Austin” Supreme Court ruling through the lens of her own experience writing college essays for privileged white high school students.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,203 words)

Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

When an expectant mom learned, at 31 weeks, that her fetus was “incompatible with life,” she flew to Colorado to get a shot that would start the process of a third-trimester abortion, then returned to New York to finish the delivery.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 15, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,159 words)

Is This the End of the Era of the Important, Inappropriate Literary Man?

Unpacking the problems around the dynamics between male professors and female students in the literary community, how accusations should be reported, and journalistic responsibility.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Mar 28, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,715 words)

What Should We Say About David Bowie and Lori Maddox?

A superb essay by Jia Tolentino about rape and the story of Lori Maddox, who spoke about losing her virginity to David Bowie when she was just 15 years old.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Feb 19, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,630 words)

No Offense

“I can’t think of an obligation that feminism ought to have lifted faster than the obligation that a woman construct her life around agreement—and yet, this year, it seems like this is exactly what many people understand feminism, within its own sphere, to be.”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 29, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,285 words)

Death to the Maxi Dress: A Manifesto

Writer Sarah Miller expresses her feelings about a certain fashion trend.

Source: Jezebel
Published: May 7, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,900 words)

Rush After ‘A Rape On Campus’: A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road

Jia, an alumnus of UVA, visits the campus during rush week after the Rolling Stone rape story controversy.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jan 28, 2015
Length: 31 minutes (7,762 words)

The Promise in Elena Ferrante

An essay about women’s writing on the internet, Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, and the potential of fiction writing to expose certain truths.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 29, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3,259 words)