‘Why the SNL Women’s Statement Is Not the Same as Lena Dunham’s’ for Slate

If there’s one thing this moment of sexual reckoning has taught us, it’s that we should listen to women. But does that extend to the women speaking up to defend the men other women have accused of sexual harassment? … More ‘Why the SNL Women’s Statement Is Not the Same as Lena Dunham’s’ for Slate

‘It’s Been a Year Since Trump’s Election, but TV Has Never Stopped Reliving That Night’ for Slate

The memory of election night 2016—watching the delegate count climb, slowly realizing what was happening, and finally seeing Donald Trump take the stage in the early hours of Nov. 9—is burned so firmly into the collective consciousness that we hardly need to be reminded of it. And yet popular culture has insisted on doing just … More ‘It’s Been a Year Since Trump’s Election, but TV Has Never Stopped Reliving That Night’ for Slate

‘These Powerful Responses to Past Mass Shootings Are All Too Relevant Today’ for Slate

Even when it’s the new “deadliest”—something that itself has happened twice in the past two years—mass shootings in the United States have come to feel tragically and farcically routine. The shock, the sadness, the “thoughts and prayers,” the blame, the calls for unity, the anguished relatives, the anger.  Read more ‘These Powerful Responses to Past Mass Shootings Are … More ‘These Powerful Responses to Past Mass Shootings Are All Too Relevant Today’ for Slate

‘Hello, Men! Welcome to Your Mandatory Year of Customer Service!’ for Slate

Gentlemen, welcome to Customer Service 101, the course that teaches men the traits they need to survive in customer service: courtesy, deference, humility, helpfulness, empathy, and forced cheerfulness. In other words, skills we women already know.   Read more ‘Hello, Men! Welcome to Your Mandatory Year of Customer Service!’at slate.com

‘Every Moment in Battle of the Sexes That Will Remind You of the 2016 Election’ for Slate

To watch Battle of the Sexes in 2017 is to relive 2016—with a few twists. The sports biopic, about the 1973 exhibition match between the avowedly feminist Billie Jean King and the cartoonishly sexist Bobby Riggs, was conceived and began filming before the election, but the filmmakers were aware of its resonances as they were making it. … More ‘Every Moment in Battle of the Sexes That Will Remind You of the 2016 Election’ for Slate

‘The Nearly Nude Hillary Statue Was Sexist, But Naked Trump Was Worse’ for Bedford and Bowery

On Tuesday morning, New Yorkers exiting the Bowling Green subway station were confronted by a grotesque statue of a hooved Hillary Clinton she-devil. Her shirt was flung open, leaving her exaggerated body exposed but for a white thong. She had a wild, ecstatic expression on her gargoylesque face as a gleeful Wall Street banker reached from behind her … More ‘The Nearly Nude Hillary Statue Was Sexist, But Naked Trump Was Worse’ for Bedford and Bowery

‘Yesterland: How Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Went From Vision of the Future to Quaint Symbol of the Past’ for Slate

‘Yesterland’ was written as part of a Slate pop-up blog on the theme of the future.   When Disneyland opened its doors in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, the word astronaut was not yet a household term. But a bright white rocketship towered over Tomorrowland (and, in fact, the entire park), poised to blast off into soon-to-be explored … More ‘Yesterland: How Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Went From Vision of the Future to Quaint Symbol of the Past’ for Slate

‘In “The Queen’s Justice,” Game of Thrones’ Vengeance Is Best Served Ice-Cold’ for Slate

The queen in Game of Thrones’ “The Queen’s Justice” was Cersei Lannister, who took her long-awaited revenge upon the enemy who had stung her the hardest.   Euron Fuckboi is, as it turns out, as skilled at gift-giving as he is at murdering his family members. He offered Cersei exactly what she most wanted: “Justice. Justice … More ‘In “The Queen’s Justice,” Game of Thrones’ Vengeance Is Best Served Ice-Cold’ for Slate

‘On Game of Thrones, Dany’s War Council Proved You Don’t Need a Penis to Run Westeros’ for Slate

Did you notice something unusual about Daenerys Targaryen’s first major war council since touching down in Dragonstone in Game of Thrones’ “Stormborn?” Girls! We run this mother (yeah). As Dany is gearing up for her takeover of Westeros, she’s marshalling her armies, and nearly all of them are run by women. Houses Martell, Tyrell, Greyjoy, and … More ‘On Game of Thrones, Dany’s War Council Proved You Don’t Need a Penis to Run Westeros’ for Slate