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A Modern Feminist Classic Changed My Life. Was It Actually Garbage?

A Modern Feminist Classic Changed My Life. Was It Actually Garbage?

AdvertisementAdvertisementFirst, it must be said: Naomi Wolf is a COVID truther. The bestselling author spent the pandemic doing things like indoor restaurant meals and because of masks (when asked for evidence, : “The children I see around me is the citation”). She in February—not long after an actual coup attempt—to warn that the United States was “moving into a coup situation” because of COVID restrictions. Just this week, she shared a of a Jewish couple in the Budapest ghetto wearing stars on their jackets, “Biden: ‘Show me your papers.’ ” There were many pre-COVID portents of Wolf’s...

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Coverage of Bay Area Anti-Asian Violence Is Missing a Key Element

Coverage of Bay Area Anti-Asian Violence Is Missing a Key Element

AdvertisementAdvertisementIn San Francisco, Mayor London Breed that the city’s police would patrol predominantly Asian neighborhoods more frequently, following the killings of . Tuesday’s events in Georgia have ratcheted up anxieties in the Asian American communities in the Bay Area, following a full year of crimes against community members, including a string of assaults of Asian American elders—most recently, septuagenarian , who was robbed and killed near Lake Merritt last week.Advertisement() of the video evidence of anti-Asian attacks in the Bay Area has featured Black perpetrators. I...

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Revisiting the Surprising Pleasures of “Vintage” Porn

Revisiting the Surprising Pleasures of “Vintage” Porn

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementSlate has relationships with various online retailers.If you buy something through our links,Slate may earn an affiliate commission.We update links when possible,but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.All prices were up to date at the time of publication.Flipping through , by Lisa Sigel, you will see some amazing things. Coins from the early 19th (!) century that were altered by some clever hand, so that the e in Cent has been turned into a u. (A lot more people, Sigel reminds us, used to know how to do metalwork.) A wooden...

Feb 13
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Trump’s “1776 Report” Would Be Funny if It Weren’t So Dangerous

Trump’s “1776 Report” Would Be Funny if It Weren’t So Dangerous

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementBack in September 2020, soon-to-be former President Donald Trump formed a “1776 Commission,” charging it with the following little mission: counter the New York Times’ 1619 Project; refute the entire field of critical race theory; reverse the “toxic propaganda” currently produced by most history professors and educators; and promote something called “patriotic education.” The commission’s came out on Monday—on Martin Luther King Jr. Day!—and quickly rendered our morning fun with the bizarre list of names to be included in the “” a distant...

Jan 19
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How Georgia’s Stone Mountain Became a Monument to White Supremacy

How Georgia’s Stone Mountain Became a Monument to White Supremacy

The mother of all Confederate monuments looms in Georgia. It’s etched on the side of a -year-old monadnock: Stone Mountain, seven miles around at the base and covering 1,000 acres. The —Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on horseback—is on the north face, comprising 3 acres in area. It’s 400 feet above the ground; it’s the largest bas-relief carving in the world—blah, blah, blah, this thing is big.The armed, mostly Black protesters who peacefully marched in Stone Mountain Park demanding the removal of the carving on the Fourth of July , but the idea that the carving, big...

July 8, 2020
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Tying Black Resistance to Communism Is a Time-Tested American Tradition

Tying Black Resistance to Communism Is a Time-Tested American Tradition

On Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham went on Fox & Friends and called the “Squad”—the four freshmen representatives and women of color currently being targeted by President Donald Trump—“a bunch of communists.” The language sounded familiar to some. “Since at least the 1950s,” activist Bree Newsome Bass said on Twitter, “ ‘communist’ has become a popular coded word for n—-r. Let’s be real.” On Wednesday, “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added her own explanation: The term communist “was one of the preferred smears against integrating schools, & one of the main attacks segregationists used...

July 19, 2019
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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Should Be a Last Resort. So Why Are Police Using Them on Protesters First?

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Should Be a Last Resort. So Why Are Police Using Them on Protesters First?

Some of the most indelible images coming from the protests over George Floyd’s death have featured protestors hit by a class of weapons deemed “less lethal”: rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper balls, pepper spray, and tear gas. These are ostensibly crowd-control tactics used at the far end of a spectrum of escalation; however, videos, photos, and eyewitness testimony seem to capture police officers using these methods punitively, or even out of malice.On Saturday, my colleague Rachelle Hampton’s brother filmed a video at a protest in Denver that an officer on a truck passing by and taking aim...

June 3, 2020
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