Hey, Everyone! Read Whatever the Fuck You Want

I love literature geared towards young adults. My favorite book is the classic Veronica Meets Her Match, I actively troll Goodwill for old copies of Sleep-Over Friends (Stephanie was the best), I still happily tell people that I was into The Hunger Games when it had just come out and no one even knew it existed (+5… » 6/05/14 8:30pm 6/05/14 8:30pm

Why Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Is Not About You

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has been on our collective minds. His tragic passing has drawn both compassion and ire from all sides; it has also inspired a spate of personal essays that focus on the difficulty of addiction and relapse as well as unfounded speculation about Hoffman's mental state and reasons for why… » 2/08/14 5:50pm 2/08/14 5:50pm

How To Write About Rape Prevention Without Sounding Like An Asshole

This morning, Slate ran a rape prevention piece by Emily Yoffe with the aggressive headline: COLLEGE WOMEN: STOP GETTING DRUNK. Subhed: "It's closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we're reluctant to tell women to stop doing it." The URL of the piece advertises telling silly women to stop drinking is "the… » 10/16/13 4:40pm 10/16/13 4:40pm

Katie Roiphe: Internet Infidelity is Lame Compared To Straight-Up…

Our very own wealthy, psuedo-intellectual Brooklyn-brownstone-dwelling polemic feminist (although, who knows, she might rankle at the label of "feminist") Katie Roiphe's latest piece on Slate, primarily addresses this much passed-around NYT article and the nuances of Facebook flirtations. See, KT thinks it's worse… » 2/09/13 5:00pm 2/09/13 5:00pm

"A Strong Natural Tendency To Escalate": How Mild Spanking Can Lead To…

Alan Kazdin at Slate » 9/25/08 2:00pm 9/25/08 2:00pm has one more reason : it may be (sort of) addictive. That is, just as the occasional cigarette can lead to a smoking habit, "there's a strong natural tendency to escalate the frequency and severity of punishment." In fact, more than a third of parents who use corporal punishment "end up crossing…

Game Theory Reveals Why Local Amateur Game Theorist Is Still Single

Slate got a philosophy major named Mark Gimein to apply Game Theory to the problem of Women My Age And Older Who Can't Find Husbands. (What an unusual move, couching Tyra-grade subject matter in grandiose academic terminology!) I read it because I never really understood "game theory" and I still don't, but here's the… » 4/10/08 1:30pm 4/10/08 1:30pm

Women Who Pretend To Be Men Remain Sweet & Supportive

Sure, Norah Vincent already did it for her book Self-Made Man, but that didn't stop Slate's Emily Yoffe (left) from trying her hand at living as a dude. Today, the writer relates the story of her time as a drag king. (While drag queens are men who dress flamboyantly as women, drag kings are women who dress as men.)… » 12/19/07 10:30am 12/19/07 10:30am

Is It Kind Of Funny To Whine About Not Being Portrayed As Funny?

The great irony of Katherine Heigl getting quoted saying she was annoyed that all the women in Knocked Up were portrayed as "humorless and uptight" is that she did it in the magazine that last year gave Chris Hitchens a platform for arguing that all women were humorless and uptight. (Hey females, you know what's funny? » 12/11/07 3:40pm 12/11/07 3:40pm