The Closing Of The Back-Of-The-Book

Josh Chafetz mourns it: [N]o one else in Washington, nor precious few outlets anywhere, does what Leon did with the back of the book. Leon cared about culture and about ideas, not as adornment, but as ends in themselves. And he cared enough to write passionately and to commission passionate pieces about them. In an era … Continue reading The Closing Of The Back-Of-The-Book

UVA: Pushing Back On The Pushback

Ari Schulman goes after Rich Bradley’s querying of the UVA gang-rape story: Bradley also gets wrong numerous details of the Rolling Stone article itself: who was and wasn’t interviewed; the claim that all of Jackie’s friends discouraged her from going to the hospital; Jackie’s ostensible lack of identity; Jackie’s inability to identify the perpetrators. He … Continue reading UVA: Pushing Back On The Pushback

My “Scorn Of Feminism” Ctd

Below is a bunch of reader commentary of the Dish’s recent coverage of gender-based debates like gamergate, catcalling, affirmative consent, and others. A dissenter gets the last word on #shirtstorm: You have a tendency to hate Internet mobs even when they’re right. Matt Taylor’s shirt was staggeringly inappropriate for a professional workplace, particularly when he’s … Continue reading My “Scorn Of Feminism” Ctd


Rebecca Traister revisits Susan Faludi’s 1991 Backlash and analyzes the impact of the Internet on the feminist movement: Feminism online is now so populated with younger women, just out of school. And generations who are new to feminism don’t have a comparative context so they understandably feel furious about the variety of injustices and prejudices that we … Continue reading #Feminism

Buying Politicians Is A Man’s Game

Rebecca Traister mulls the lack of big political donors among women: [M]en have known for generations how to use money to exert influence and buy access, shape policy, and make inroads into the world of electoral politics. Women, by contrast, historically saw money not as a means to expand public power, but to ensure personal or … Continue reading Buying Politicians Is A Man’s Game

The Rise Of The Notorious R.B.G.

Rebecca Traister is thrilled by Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s rise to meme-hood: Throughout history, we have acknowledged male strength, especially in its seniority, as serious and authoritative. Older women, on the other hand, have existed mostly as nanas, bubbes! Those sturdy, ambitious souls who also staked claims to public eminence were cast as problematic; tough ladies who no longer … Continue reading The Rise Of The Notorious R.B.G.

Why Clinton Needs Female Challengers

Rebecca Traister makes a compelling case: The last thing any woman in politics needs is the appearance of having won only because her would-be opponents gave her a pass. This perhaps goes double for Clinton, whose years in the spotlight have demonstrated again and again that she is at her most appealing when she is fighting … Continue reading Why Clinton Needs Female Challengers

Fired For Being Pushy?

Jill Abramson's 'Badass New Hobby' via @mashable — Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 15, 2014 Ken Auletta reports on one reason Jill Abramson may have been fired as NYT editor: Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably … Continue reading Fired For Being Pushy?

Playing Politics With Plan B?

Rebecca Traister is upset with the president's opposition to the sale of over-the-counter emergency contraception to girls under the age of 17:

The logic expressed [yesterday] by the president, and [Wednesday] by Sebelius, is ludicrous: Medicines like Tylenol – which have been proven to have adverse effects in high doses – are available by the truckload on drugstore shelves, at prices far cheaper than the $30 to $50 it would cost a preteen to purchase just one dose of Plan B, let alone go wild with it.

Sal Gentile sorts through the science surrounding the issue:

The Weekly Wrap

Today on the Dish, Palin premiered her “bus tour” ad, Andrew parsed her resiliency in the face of the establishment, even as Karl Rove came around and Limbaugh loved how unserious she is. Snobsdale, Arizona welcomed her home, Henry Blodget requested Trig’s birth certificate, Michael Tomasky worried what Palin would do to the political atmosphere, … Continue reading The Weekly Wrap