Panelist Says SXSW Ignored Security Suggestions, SXSW Apologetically Announces Summit 

Last week, South by Southwest abruptly cancelled two panels planned for March: one discussing how to counter online harassment, and another about “ethics in journalism” stocked with Gamergate supporters. Today, one of the organizers of the online harassment panel says SXSW ignored her security suggestions, right up… »10/30/15 10:10am10/30/15 10:10am


Carly Fiorina, Still Lying About Planned Parenthood Videos, Is Head of a Group that Donated to Abortion Charity

Carly Fiorina continues to insist that a non-existent video shot at Planned Parenthood definitely exists, one that shows “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” In the meantime, BuzzFeed News discovered that a… »9/28/15 12:55pm9/28/15 12:55pm

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 5:50pm2/08/14 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 4:40pm10/16/13 4:40pm

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

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 5:00pm2/09/13 5:00pm

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

Alan Kazdin at Slate »9/25/08 2:00pm9/25/08 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 1:30pm4/10/08 1:30pm