Déjà vu journalism
When a magazine decides to re-promote a thing you wrote 9 months ago, and you get all sorts of tweets and email about it from people who are seeing it for the first time, but then remember you still have to write a column this week. :/
Yeah, but also fun. On their own terms. Don’t sell Cyndi Lauper short:
The original version of the song, written by Robert Hazard, had a decidedly different point of view: It was sung from a man’s perspective, with “fun” standing for coerced bedroom shenanigans. Lauper reworked the track to fit her views on women and sexuality, including the lines that are often celebrated as a subtle feminist throw-down:
“It doesn’t mean that girls just want to fuck,” Lauper explained. “It just means that girls want to have the same damn experience that any man could have.”
"The internet isn’t a place to be vulnerable. Sometimes I think about what it would take to actually write something mean about some woman’s work on Twitter or in a comment. It’s so inconceivable to me that I realise, oh, these people are really, really different from me or anyone I know. I also try to remember that hating things is kind of fun, and people do it sort of recreationally. You can catch yourself criticising people that you love, even. But I would never do that publicly."
"Just about every outlet that uses group chat is already comfortable with broadening the editorial decision-making process to include the entire newsroom. Gawker is taking it a step further, making the conversation-before-the-assignment phase public, too. Some see it as another way to wring content out of writers who are already churning out many posts and tweets and comments a day. Read’s choice to take private staff conversations and “turn them into monetizable content is, well, very Gawkeresque,” writes Caroline O’Donovan at Nieman Lab. That’s one way of looking at it. Another, especially for a gossip- and personality-driven site like Gawker, is that the unmediated nature of Disputations makes it a perfect editorial fit. If writers are having these conversations anyway, why not have them in public?"
"The Supreme Court decided to simplify matters for the Hobby Lobby owners (and complicate things for workers who need contraception). But it’s a safe bet that things are going to remain complicated for those of us who want to address the needs of sexual-assault survivors and guarantee that defendants face a fair trial. Which is why I wish Clinton had acknowledged this incident earlier, and spoken frankly about how tough it is when your feminist beliefs clash with other values you hold dear, such as the right — yes, even for accused rapists — to representation in court."
"I have a high-school bestie, a college bestie, a bestie from my D.C. days, etc. that all make up my ‘bestie tier.’ I think of it as concentric circles—a small number of people are my core support/friend group, the center of my social/emotional world, and I call them all ‘my best friend’ or besties."
I talked to TNR about BFFs.
Found this book in the men’s restroom at the U.S. Supreme Court.