Haven't Had Your Soul Ripped Out Through Your Chest Today? Read This.

Sorry in advance for what I'm about to do to you lovely people, but I can't be alone in these feelings anymore. Ariel Levy's essay in the latest issue of the New Yorker is devastating, grim, bleak, and... beautiful. And it's the best thing I've read, on the internet or elsewhere, in a long time. » 11/11/13 6:45pm 11/11/13 6:45pm

DOMA Hero Edith Windsor Reflects on Life After Love

Over the weekend, Ariel Levy, who wrote a beautiful profile of DOMA star Edith Windsor for the New Yorker, interviewed Windsor during the New Yorker festival. We already knew Windsor was an articulate and beautiful human, but boy did she prove it yet again. » 10/10/13 10:50am 10/10/13 10:50am

Steubenville-Style Internet Vigilantism Caused All Kinds of Problems

Despite the fact that the Steubenville rape trial is over and the boys involved have been sentenced and are incarcerated, the story's hold on the national conversation about rape culture continues to dominate, whether it's through Serena Williams or anyone less famous than that. People still have opinions, and as… » 7/29/13 5:45pm 7/29/13 5:45pm

The New Yorker Review of Naomi Wolf's Vagina: A Biography Contains…

The Beauty Myth author and feminist Naomi Wolf's Vagina dropped this year (sorry—just to be clear, it's her new book Vagina: A Biography), and makes a variety of claims about "the conscious vagina," a concept that suggests—among other semi-terrifying things—that sexually-satisfied vaginas are what gives women their… » 9/15/12 4:15pm 9/15/12 4:15pm

Not Even Amy Poehler Can Look Away From Hoarders

Despite much hand-wringing about the state of women and television, one person doesn't seem too worried—and she should know better than almost anybody. Here's what Amy Poehler had to say about television's depiction of women in an interview with Ariel Levy during this week's New Yorker Festival: » 10/02/11 5:30pm 10/02/11 5:30pm

Fashion's Most Obnoxiously Privileged Designer

What a thrill it is, every once in a while, to read a rip-roaring take-down! Today's specimen is Reed Krakoff, the Coach designer who launched his own super-expensive namesake brand last year, who is profiled by Ariel Levy in this week's New Yorker. Levy — whose last fashion profile was an exceptionally warm » 4/18/11 7:00pm 4/18/11 7:00pm

New Yorker Boycotted For Lack of Female Writers

Anne Hays noticed that the two most recent issues of the New Yorker featured almost exclusively essays and reporting by male writers. So she's returned those copies to the magazine, accompanied by a blistering open letter to the editors. » 1/03/11 4:11pm 1/03/11 4:11pm

Lanvin For H&M Rumored To Be In Works

Notes On A Scandal: The Future Of Intersexuality & Caster Semenya

Thoughtful articles by Ariel Levy and Judith Butler explore the larger issues of sex and gender behind Caster Semenya's story — and how the mishandling of the young athlete's "gender testing" has affected her life. » 11/23/09 12:00pm 11/23/09 12:00pm

What's On Your Feminist Reading List?

Ariel Levy recommends Andrea Dworkin's Heartbreak and Janet Malcolm's Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice. We'd like to add Hélène Cixous's "The Laugh of the Medusa" and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. You? [The New Yorker] » 11/13/09 6:20pm 11/13/09 6:20pm

New Yorker: Women's Representation Is Not Enough

In this week's New Yorker, Ariel Levy complains that feminism has turned into "identity politics," focusing on getting women in positions of power but not on what they should do when they get there. » 11/09/09 1:00pm 11/09/09 1:00pm

Comic Confrontations: Judge Judy Vs. Feminists, Part 2

Feminists love bickering about feminism. And as more women join the conversation, it gets nastier…and better! But it's time Judge Judy kept some order. (Continued from Part 1.) » 5/18/09 4:20pm 5/18/09 4:20pm

Marc To Marry In Provincetown; Madonna (But No Jesus) For Louis Vuitton

Naomi Rocks Saris In Mumbai; First American Woman In Space Shilling For…

Lanvin Designer Feels Overweight; Makes Others Feel Beautiful (NSFW)

Ariel Levy's profile of Alber Elbaz, the Israeli who's helmed Lanvin since 2001, succeeds in describing the designer's grasp of women's wear — which is founded in no small part in Elbaz's own troubled self-image. » 3/10/09 2:40pm 3/10/09 2:40pm

Lamar Van Dyke And The Radical Lesbian Road Trip

In the 70s, radical lesbians traveled the country in vans, looking for a lesbian paradise. Ariel Levy has a long and fascinating piece in this week's New Yorker on these "Van Dykes" and their history. » 2/25/09 2:20pm 2/25/09 2:20pm

Radar Writer: Palin Is Popular Because Young Feminists "Dropped The…

Feminists! We don't like Sarah Palin. » 10/02/08 1:40pm 10/02/08 1:40pm (Other "types" of women , according to .) Of course, many men viscerally dislike the gun-toting Alaskan Governor, but talking about is boring and doesn't conjure up images of mud wrestling. Over on website, scribe Robert Lanham tries to argue that many women dislike Sarah Palin…

New Yorker Profile Shows Cindy McCain Is A Nouveau Betty Draper

In this week's New Yorker » 9/08/08 1:00pm 9/08/08 1:00pm, scribe Ariel Levy has a , which does nothing to disabuse one of the superficial persona of Cindy Lou — she's a woman who comes off as a perfectly manicured heiress, who panics when her bubble of well-kept appearances is burst. Levy describes McCain as "pampered and brittle", "skittish",…