I Was Sexually Harassed At Work And I Regret Reporting It

In 2007, I got my very first grown up job out of college, doing administrative work for a national physicians’ membership association. (Think American Medical Association, except it wasn’t the AMA.) Like any job, it had its mix of bullshit and interesting projects. Mostly I liked it, and in particular I really loved and respected […]

The Problem With Privilege

I am white, well-educated, comfortably middle-class. This country was made by people who look like me for people who look like me. Its systems work great for people like me. It has allowed me to be upwardly mobile, to essentially live out the idealized American Dream without much more in my way than a little […]

The Mutual Exclusivity of Scalia’s Brilliance and Goodness

There’s an old rhetorical exercise that asks how God can be both all-powerful and all-loving when pain and tragedy exist in the world. Christians have some bullshit workaround for this logical impossibility that I don’t remember (one of the benefits of being an atheist is you don’t have to carry that shit around in your head […]

Darren Wilson is the Hellen Keller of Racism – And He Has No Anne Sullivan

Darren Wilson is the Hellen Keller of Racism – And He Has No Anne Sullivan

The news media yesterday was filled with discussion of Jake Halpern’s excellent New Yorker piece on Darren Wilson. Many things about Wilson specifically, and policing in Ferguson generally, are striking; but what hit me the most is Wilson’s utter obtuseness, his steadfast rejection of even the smallest consideration that race could have played a role […]

On The Confederate Flag; Or, God Save The South

It is not okay to revere the Confederate flag for any reason, full stop. There is no nuance to be appreciated, or perspective to be understood, or context within which it can be placed that makes honoring, respecting, or revering the flag right or good or even tolerable. After the terrorist attack at Emanuel A.M.E. […]

Happy Not Mother’s Day

I am not a mother. I will never be a mother. For me, this was a conscious choice and I am happy with it. For many others, motherhood status was never something entirely within their control. For some women, procreation and motherhood was thrust upon them, and for others it was ripped away. For some […]

What’s Up With Charleston?

After the video of Walter Scott’s murder broke on Tuesday, I asked a friend who had lived in Charleston for a while for her thoughts on what happened. Her answer was so insightful and thorough that I’m going to post the whole thing here. If you have questions or comments, she’s offered to jump in […]

Fuck Da Po-lice! Or, On The Privileges Of Being Arrested While White

John Mulaney does this hilarious bit about a party he went to when he was in high school that got crashed by the cops. Listen to it; it’s funny. In the story, Mulaney goes to a kid’s house for a party, and they all get waaaaaaasssssttttttted. As a result of their rowdiness, the cops were […]

I’ve Had It With Your Outrage

Apparently Kat Von D has a makeup line. (Makes sense – girlfriend’s gorgeous, and always looks flawless.) People are mad because she launched a line of red lipsticks that included a shade called “Underage Red.” Kat responded with a post to her Facebook page. In its entirety: UNDERAGE RED. I have never expected everyone to understand or […]