Backtalk: Who Gets to Make Mistakes?

This week, Dahlia and Amy round up some of the big hits of bad takes. From Lena Dunham’s letter from the editor where she admits to lying to protect a rapist to a weird piece dissecting Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video, who gets to make mistakes over and over again? Writers get the brunt of the backlash, but how much responsibility should the editor take when they’re the ones who click “publish”? Amy vs. Dahlia wants you to weigh in on the best winter flick! Amy can watch “Home Alone” every year and Dahlia loves Nora Ephron’s classic “When Harry Met Sally.” Who do you wanna chill with more? Kevin or Sally? Text “winter” to 503-855-6485 to let us know what you think!

Join the Club: Gabrielle Moss on the Golden Age of YA Literature

Gabrielle Moss takes us on a nostalgic and hilarious tour through teen bookshelves and the Golden Age of YA literature. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Shitty Media Man Continues to Be Shitty

So far Stephen Elliott’s suit is the only legal action that’s arisen from the list. Read more »

Inventing Adulthood : Four Novels Reveal the Magic of Queer Self-Actualization

What does it mean to come of age as a 20-something queer person with no money, no resources, and no illusions about respectability? Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Charlottesville White Supremacists Face Federal Charges

The four men charged were “among the most violent individuals present in Charlottesville“ at the Unite the Right rally in 2017. Read more »

Backtalk: We Said #MeToo, Now What?

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss how the #MeToo movement can evolve beyond survivors exposing their own traumas and the role of abusers in creating real change. From public radio to the Supreme Court, what can a true reckoning with misogyny and abuse look like? We’ve also got a Petty Political... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: John Hockenberry's #Metoo Essay Is a Reminder That Literary Publishing Is Still a Boys' Club

Men like John Hockenberry and their apologists don’t see sexual harassment as harmful or frightening and their conflation of romance and harassment proves it. Read more »

Five things you could have done instead of giving Jian Ghomeshi a cover story

Maybe we don’t need to give high-profile platforms to abusers who still crave the spotlight. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: "The Fall of Men" Is a Terrible Idea

On Friday, the New York Review of Books published “Reflections on a Hashtag,” the cover story for its October print issue, written by Jian Ghomeshi. Read more »

2018 Was the Summer of the Asian Beach Read

Having access to the “beach read” label feels like acceptance—the ability to reach audiences who might see our work as a source of pleasure instead of education. Read more »

Electric Dirt: Queer Appalachia Is Redefining Southern Identity

The collective is promoting art, activism, and culture in the South while building queer community. Read more »

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