Buying Myself Back

Emily Ratajkowski writes an essay on celebrity, objectification, and consent. “I’ve become more familiar with seeing myself through the paparazzi’s lenses than I am with looking at myself in the mirror. And I have learned that my image, my reflection, is not my own.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

The Poison of Male Incivility

On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s powerful speech on the House floor, and the entrenched narrative of the “disruptive” woman.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 24, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,713 words)

The Resilience of Marga Griesbach

“I think every life is like a novel.” Marga Griesbach was born in Germany in 1927. Her life is like multiple novels — horror, romance, magical realism, travelogue. Whatever you’re doing right now, you should stop it and read this story.

Source: The Cut
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,816 words)

Eating for Two

“My husband and I shared a love of food. Then he cheated on me when I was seven months pregnant.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,577 words)

The Tyranny of Terrazzo: Will the Millennial Aesthetic Ever End?

Clean, soothing, predicatable, controlled, and ready for Instagram.

Source: The Cut
Published: Mar 3, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,920 words)

Replaying My Shame

In the past 13 years, Emily Gould has become an accomplished author and feminist book publisher. As she prepares for the launch of her latest novel, Perfect Tunes, she worries that to many people, she will only ever be what she was for less than a year, in 2007: an editor at now defunct media gossip site Gawker, who suffered a traumatizing moment on national television that still haunts her.

Source: The Cut
Published: Feb 26, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,239 words)

Vivian Gornick Doesn’t Get the Hype

Nora Caplan-Bricker speaks with the incisive author about how her views on feminism and politics have evolved over her 84 years, and of her ongoing “quest for ‘expressiveness’ — a word that, in her work, connotes both inner clarity and the ability to translate that insight outward.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 24, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,838 words)

One Night at Mount Sinai

Lisa Miller exposes Mount Sinai Hospital’s culture of sexism and bullying, which enabled emergency room doctor David Newman to sexually abuse female patients before one of them, Aja Newman (no relation) brought him down.

Source: The Cut
Published: Oct 15, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,899 words)

Ronan Farrow Depicts a Chilling Cover-up at NBC

Rebecca Traister reads Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, and realizes that those at NBC who colluded to obstruct Farrow’s ground-breaking reporting on Harvey Weinstein remain in charge.

Source: The Cut
Published: Oct 11, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,670 words)

Darkness on the Edge of Cougartown

On the brink of 50, Sarah Miller makes peace with being 10 years older than her boyfriend, and stops wasting time wishing she were younger.

Source: The Cut
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,235 words)