“Yes, Twitter is public. But that’s a sentence that would have been entirely meaningless just 10 years ago. Journalists haven’t fully grappled with exactly what it means. Reporters interested in public opinion used to have to actually go outside, meet people—or at least call them on the phone—and identify themselves as journalists. Now, Twitter connects us to 230 million active users who publish a combined 500 million tweets every single day, giving us a direct line to random acts of advocacy and casual expressions of bigotry. The new, virtual man on the street doesn’t even need to be aware of a reporter’s existence in order to turn up on a highly trafficked news source with name, photo, and social media contact information embedded. It’s the journalist’s “right” to reproduce these public statements, sure. But our rights are expanding radically, while our responsibilities to our sources are becoming more and more optional.”
— I wrote about whether everything ever posted on social media is fair game for journalists to turn into news.
8:21 pm • 19 March 2014
“On the Internet, women are overpowered and devalued. We don’t always think about our online lives in those terms—after all, our days are filled with work to do, friends to keep up with, Netflix to watch. But when anonymous harassers come along—saying they would like to rape us, or cut off our heads, or scrutinize our bodies in public, or shame us for our sexual habits—they serve to remind us in ways both big and small that we can’t be at ease online. It is precisely the banality of Internet harassment, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks has argued, that makes it “both so effective and so harmful, especially as a form of discrimination.””
— "Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet," my cover story on online harassment, in Pacific Standard.
5:48 pm • 6 January 2014
“Here’s how to convince your bosses (or your employees) that you’re working very hard from home when you’re actually doing something totally worthless, like spending time with your children.”
— How to fake “working remotely” while home for the holidays.
10:25 am • 20 December 2013
“Here is when the entertainment industry will stop working with creeps: (1) When the creep dies; (2) When the creep is imprisoned; (3) When the creep stops making lots and lots and lots of money.”
— Why stars you admire (Beyonce) will always work with stars you despise (Terry Richardson).
3:15 pm • 18 December 2013
“This isn’t just about the books. When young women read the hyper-masculine literary canon—what Emily Gould calls the “midcentury misogynists,” staffed with the likes of Roth, Mailer, and Miller—their discomfort is punctuated by the knowledge that their male peers are reading these books, identifying with them, and acting out their perspectives and narratives.”
— Amanda Hess on NO REGRETS (from n+1) in Slate. (via skeery)
1:15 am • 10 December 2013
As a male tribal elder I applaud your defense of the hirsute female form. It has been a lifelong fetish of mine and, in fact, I find the infantilized Barbie shaved female form absolutely repulsive.
There is nothing like a natural unshaved woman, armpits and all. What nectar lies there! Real women smell real and real men need to smell that. Please keep up your ways, it brings hope to this now tired old man who longs for the delicious textures and scents of a good Lark’s nest.
On behalf of millions of suffering men out there I bow to your sensibilities! Carry On!
1:14 am • 10 December 2013
Anonymous asked: How unfortunate.
1:12 pm • 5 December 2013
“O’Keefe, like the rest of us, male and female, desired both these crucial experiences: the possibility of being a subject and that of being an object—a mere body that makes the pulse quicken in someone we love.”
— on Georgia O’Keefe’s Body of Art
4:13 pm • 2 December 2013
“In recent years, the bombshell bush has essentially disappeared. Wax-wielding estheticians and permanent lasers have whittled it down or erased it entirely. Pornography has served up a new degree of bareness. When the paparazzi shoot pantyless pop stars exiting limousines, their cameras zoom in on a barren landscape. But it wasn’t always this way. For centuries of artistic tradition, the absence of pubic hair was merely an illusion.”
— A short history of female pubic hair.
10:49 pm • 1 December 2013