Who vs. Whom

Almost everyone seems to know that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman while visiting New York in May. But can you name the accuser? “Maid” “celle qui a fait tomber DSK” “Alleged Victim” “Accuser” “Prostitute” Her identity was not revealed until Slate.fr published her name on May 17, 2011 in an […]

Come on, Texas

The Warren Jeffs trialbegins today, bringing me the occasion to say something that I don’t often get to say: let’s go Texas! Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is being tried on two charges of sexual assault on a child. He faces a maximum sentence of 119 years […]

I have to ask: Are you a misogynist?

I wasn’t there when it happened. The next morning while we peeled mangoes in our kitchen, C told me how much fun she had in Chinatown with our friend Mike*, how the dumplings were on her breath even this morning and how he matter-of-factly told her that all women over 35 are bitter. “Get this,” […]

Absence as Speech Act

There’s been no shortage of reporting on Der Tzeitung‘s removing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from this photo of the Situation Room. In contrast, there’s been too little commentary on the subject. Writing for Jezebel, Irin Carmon published this briefing of the now iconic airbrush stroke, which mostly republishes Der Tzeitung‘s explanation of its decision. […]

Sarcasm, sex jokes and vague promises [without airbrushing]

Why the half-hearted promise, Jezebel? The blog’s statement of purpose goes like this: To put it simply, Jezebel is a blog for women that will attempt to take all the essentially meaningless but sweet stuff directed our way and give it a little more meaning, while taking more the serious stuff and making it more […]