Fat / Media

The Wrongest

Oh, you guys. For a minute there, I was so excited to see this David H. Freedman piece in the Columbia Journalism Review on the problems with personal-health journalism–a topic about which I’ve written a gazillion blog posts and part of a book. (The link came via my science-writer friend Robin Marantz Henig, who prefaced it on Twitter … Continue reading

Media / Publishing

How Thick Is Your Bubble?

“As the new upper class increasingly consists of people who were born into upper-middle-class families and have never lived outside the upper-middle-class bubble, the danger increases that the people who have so much influence on the course of the nation have little direct experience with the lives of ordinary Americans, and make their judgments about … Continue reading

Feminism / Media

The Return of the Petite Prick: Could small cocks make a comeback?

(Title stolen from Jessica Valenti. Most of the non-penis-related words below stolen from Simon Doonan, because COME ON.)  The larger dick became the norm around the turn of the century, and it shows no signs of deflating. Radical cock augmentation is now ubiquitous, according to me, and to hell with the consequences. So what if … Continue reading

Feminism / Media / News

The Media’s Groping Problem

Regarding the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting divorced, in part because he fathered a child with a woman not his wife, Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic writes, “I’ve yet to encounter anyone surprised by the news. It’s because we remember. Eight years ago, on the eve of the special election that won him the statehouse, the Los Angeles … Continue reading

Announcements / Media / Writing

In which I rant about Assange support giving way to victim-blaming and rape apology

For Salon. As of today, even Naomi Wolf – Naomi Effin’ Wolf! — has taken a public swipe at Assange’s accusers, using her status as a “longtime feminist” to underscore the absurdity of “the alleged victims … using feminist-inspired rhetoric and law to assuage what appears to be personal injured feelings.” Wow. Admittedly, I don’t have as … Continue reading

Media / Writing

I wrote another thing!

On Sarah Palin’s new reality show, for the L.A. Times online: The claim that “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a wholly apolitical travelogue-cum-family tableau, meant only to showcase the rugged beauty of our largest state and the just-folksiness of its former governor, lasts about five minutes into the first episode. That’s the point at which we … Continue reading