fat acceptance
Being asked to send a photo of myself with a shirt on made me feel like I again should be ashamed of my body.
Making the point that people with jobs in journalism have no business speculating about the truthfulness of rape allegations is well worth losing some steady work over.
I was contacted by a reporter who said how she had been "enjoying" my pieces in xoJane and wanted to profile me. That's how it started.

May 1, 2013 at 2:30pm | 233 comments

If something exists digitally, I have probably at least tried to obtain it illegally.
eating disorders
When news outlets cover eating disorder issues as if they are a brand-new thing, or just a craze among some teen girls who have been exposed to too much Photoshopping, they’re delegitimizing the struggle of eating disorder patients past and present.
school shootings
I don't think I'm much better than other media tragedy merchants. But at least I'm not sending out PR pitches inspired by the Connecticut shooting today. Let's discuss.

Dec 14, 2012 at 3:00pm | 215 comments

To suggest that even the mom cave is a place where women are essentially expected to do what they do all the time already is...rather odd.
rachelle friedman
In a world where sexism is always satirical and satire is always sacred, hipster sexism becomes nearly impossible to challenge. It’s not only okay, but appropriate and even necessary, to incorporate other work people have produced on the subject into your own discussions.
If you've been following the furore over "Divergent" this weekend, you probably know the scene I'm talking about.

Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30pm | 148 comments

Using health as a smokescreen allows people to attack fat kids while looking virtuous.
victim blaming
Yet another column takes the stand that the key to not getting raped is in not drinking. What's going on?
fake science i made up
The problem with jazzing up science reporting with misleading headlines (and articles), though, is that it makes real actual science harder to understand, and presents members of the public with conflicting information.
house of cards
There was no actual course called "Faustian Bargains 101" at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. So I improvised.
sexual assault
There is a responsibility inherent in belonging to the media, not just to report news and information, but also to do so in a way that benefits society.
I’ve lost count of how many white editors have asked me to write about Ferguson. My first answers were along the lines of “I’ll try if I can stop crying,” or “I really don’t have much to say beyond THIS IS HORRIBLE.”

Aug 21, 2014 at 2:00pm | 87 comments

ella henderson
I remember, as a teenager, having a disagreement with a friend of mine when I wouldn’t call myself a feminist because I said that it implied that I hated men and I was terrified of being seen as anything other than a desirable, sexual being who just loved guys.
page six
It’s hard to call celebrities out on their faults when you are barely functioning yourself, but that’s exactly what I did.

Nov 21, 2012 at 3:00pm | 65 comments

Suddenly, last week, the media exploded with claims that there had been a massive coverup and the Gosnell story wasn’t being covered by mainstream media.
domestic violence
Whatever Steenkamp endured in their relationship before her death was quietly shoved under the carpet, and no one talked about it; just like no one talks about domestic violence in any cases involving “heroes.”
dove ads
In other words, yes, Shirley, blind people really ARE just like you.