“When I fight back, though, when I continue to write about injustice in the face of the bullying campaigns that are daily life for every female activist I have met, precisely when I feel strongest—that’s when I’m told I’m weak. A crybaby. Special snowflake. Whiner…
As politics turn darker, these slurs have become weaponized. Something bigger is going on.”
The invective of Trump supporters inspires Susan Faludi to take a look back at the “Angry White Men” of the 1990s who felt disenfranchised, and threatened by women like First Lady Hillary Clinton—men like Mike McNulty, a Second Amendment activist and documentarian whom Faludi interviewed twenty years ago.
“But looking at the history behind the term reveals something else: ‘banana republics’ like Honduras and Guatemala were troubled in no small part because American capitalism and imperialism wanted them that way.”
Victoria Woodhull, a former prostitute, free-love advocate, and clairvoyant (and proponent of abolition, marriage reform, and education rights) ran for President of the US — in 1872.
Laurie Penny—whose feminist dystopian novel Everything Belongs to the Future was released this week—considers the alt right’s fear of women heroes in futuristic literature and film, not to mention real life.
Why do US news outlets air graphic clips of ISIS violence, or even ISIS propaganda videos? And what are the forces driving the news’ focus on civil violence within American borders? An essay on the ways media looks out for itself.
Mindfullness apps: is there actually any benefit to this kind of bite-sized meditation. And what, exactly, are we trying to be mindful of?
How wellness and self-care turned into a sinister (and expensive) ideology.
“As journalists imitate advertisers and advertisers imitate (and hire) journalists, they are converging on a shared style and sensibility.” Dispatches from the front lines of sponsored content.