How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Story About Frat Life

Atlantic contributor Caitlin Flanagan has a long history of turning out short-sighted treatises on hookup culture and the sexualization of young woman and blah blah blah. But her latest piece for the magazine, a 14,000 word behemoth, manages to take on a different culture – frat culture – while insulting and ignoring… » 2/20/14 2:50pm 2/20/14 2:50pm

Professional Pearl-Clutcher Worried That Internet Will Turn Girls Into…

What happens when you take one delusional nostalgia-peddler in a twinset, one accomplished young female journalist, and one public radio host, mix in a few splashes of princess culture, a liberal application of slut-shaming, a twist of incoherence, and a backhanded, condescending ad hominem attack? You get a matronly… » 1/19/12 12:40pm 1/19/12 12:40pm

What Do Girls Want? Chastity By Twilight

As is her wont, the Atlantic » 11/25/08 2:40pm 11/25/08 2:40pm's lightning rod cultural critic has weighed in on womenfolk: in this case, the teen vampire phenomenon that's sold millions of books and, according to the Associated Press, is redefining the . In an expansive essay on girlhood, innocence, imperiled innocence, sexuality, her dislike of YA…

"Smushmortion" Cinema? Caitlin Flanagan, Susie Bright Weigh In

Ever since Jamie Lynn Spears announced she was with child, teen pregnancy has been a hot button editorial topic, especially in the wake of the success of accidental-mom rom-coms Juno and Knocked Up. So it was only a matter of time until Caitlin Flanagan, the former New Yorker scribe who fancies herself an authority on… » 1/14/08 2:00pm 1/14/08 2:00pm