“Hot Topic”: The Complete Annotated Lyrics

A guide to the 57 champions of queer feminism name-dropped in Le Tigre’s most joyous song.

Author: Tammy Oler
Source: Slate
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,260 words)

Theodore McCarrick Still Won’t Confess

He’s living at a friary in Kansas (the only place that would take him) on the condition that he not leave the grounds, still insists he hasn’t harmed anyone, and life goes on in the small town that surrounds him: it’s the best and worst of Catholicism in a microcosm.

Source: Slate
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,844 words)

The Mad Rush to Bulletproof American Schools

With no help from Congress, architects and school administrators are now responsible for redesigning schools to stop mass shootings. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that the best approach is to make buildings safe without making them resemble prisons.

Source: Slate
Published: Aug 27, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,890 words)

Why I Printed My Facebook

“I needed to convert my Facebook into something like a physical book, flip through its pages, prop open a window with it, and feel its weight in my hands. All of this would prove difficult, I later learned, because my Facebook was more than 10,000 pages long.”

Source: Slate
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,928 words)

What It’s Actually Like to Be on House Hunters—Twice

“In several of the outtakes, I mistakenly opened a closet, only to remember it was full of my clothing.” Spoiler alert: if you’re holding onto hope that the scenarios in House Hunters are real, this may squash that. 

Source: Slate
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,960 words)

The GOP Has Its Final Anti-Abortion Victory in Sight

They’ve been playing a long, long game that leads to the death of Roe v. Wade by a thousand procedural cuts. Or for women, death by botched underground abortion.

Source: Slate
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,221 words)

On Black Difficulty

“There are many ways to be “difficult” in this world: stubborn, demanding, inconvenient, complex, troublesome, baffling, illegible. Black womanhood is where they overlap.”

Source: Slate
Published: Mar 26, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,885 words)

I Had a Late-Term Abortion. President Trump and Pro-Lifers Have No Right to Call Me a Murderer.

A reported personal essay in which Margot Finn writes about the late-term abortion she under went at 29 weeks after it was discovered her baby had a severe brain abnormality; the online support group she helps run for parents who have had abortions because of poor prenatal diagnoses or maternal health issues; and how members have been affected by the latest anti-abortion backlash.

Source: Slate
Published: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,737 words)

The Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers

“That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!”

Source: Slate
Published: Dec 4, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,970 words)

Trapped in the Fire Zone

They couldn’t get away from California’s Camp Fire fast enough. Now, they can’t leave.

Source: Slate
Published: Nov 20, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,495 words)