The Extinction of the Middle Child

Statistics show that a family’s ideal size has shrunk to two kids, leaving the middle child to go the way of the mastadon.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 11, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,746 words)

How to Tell the Bad Men From the Good Men

It wasn’t so simple at age 18, writes Caitlin Moran. (And often, it’s still not.)

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,735 words)

Summer of Rage: White Men are the Minority in the United States — No Wonder They Get Uncomfortable When Their Power is Challenged

The rights and priorities of white men in our country have always overshadowed those of people of color and women. It is, however, a ruling minority situation as white men make up only a third of the population. With shifting demographics and destabilizing movements like #metoo, the ruling minority seeks to minimize and discredit their disruptors because they know what they are: real threats to their long-lasting hegemony.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,880 words)

The Mom Who Had an Abortion at 7 Months Pregnant

“I think the fact that this feels like a visceral horror to some women — though not all — and then is used as an excuse to write disgusting legislation is awful. But I don’t know that the solution is to not talk about it.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Apr 19, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,517 words)

7 Sex Workers on What It Means to Lose Backpage

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s shutting down for violating the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (which has not yet been signed into law), one time sex worker and Playing the Whore author Melissa Gira Grant talks with seven sex workers about the ways in which the absence of that bulletin board will have an impact on their livelihoods and their safety.

Source: The Cut
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,807 words)

The Doctor is a Woman

An excerpt from Sloane Crosley’s new essay collection, Look Alive Out There. Crosley reflects on the experience of freezing her eggs, despite her ambivalence about having children — and as a way of putting off the pressing matter of facing that ambivalence as a woman in her late 30s.

Source: The Cut
Published: Mar 26, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,293 words)

I Got an IUD, and I Got Pregnant

“Now, unwillingly pregnant at age 37, I had no idea if I was capable of either option: another baby, or ridding myself of a pregnancy. Each option felt equally terrifying.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 22, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,412 words)

I Started the Media Men List. My name is Moira Donegan.

“The experience of making the spreadsheet has shown me that it is still explosive, radical, and productively dangerous for women to say what we mean. But this doesn’t mean that I’ve lowered my hopes.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,877 words)