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Caitlyn Jenner’s New TV Show Is Too Sincere for Its Own Good

newrepublic.com — the new reality show-I'm sorry, docu-series-about Caitlyn Jenner, has a conflicted relationship with its genre. The premiere, which aired Sunday night on the E! network, home of the Kardashians' almost hypnotic banality and a show about botched plastic surgery operations, opens with Caitlyn sitting on her bed in the early hours of the morning-messy hair, no makeup, dark shadows under her eyes.
Jul 27, 2015

I wrote about I Am Cait and its portrait of Caitlyn Jenner figuring out how to be the activist we expect her to be bit.ly/1LOjik6

Jul 28, 2015

RT @tnr: In an effort to be universal, “I Am Cait” risks losing its biggest draw: @caitlyn_jenner. on.tnr.com/1VJL6uF pic.twitter.com/IzygBOKC57

Jul 28, 2015

If reality TV thrives on characters who lack self-awareness, Caitlyn Jenner is self-aware to a fault. bit.ly/1LOjik6

Paid Leave This Week: Everywhere Is Better Than Here

newrepublic.com — As part of our ongoing coverage of paid leave, we're rounding up the most important news from the week. Here's what you need to know about paid leave, working parents, and child care in the United States and abroad. Young women have no illusions about how hard it is to be a working mother in America.

Amy Schumer's Old-Fashioned Family Values

newrepublic.com — When Judd Apatow signed on to make a movie with Amy Schumer two years ago, the brassy comedian hadn't yet become a feminist icon. The role of White Female Comedian Eviscerating the Patriarchy was still being filled by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Lena Dunham.
Jul 16, 2015

I wrote about Trainwreck and Amy Schumer's old-fashioned family values bit.ly/1e3wjsJ

Jul 16, 2015

“My friends are awesome, my apartment’s sick and I have a great job,” which is rom-com code for “I am lonely as hell” bit.ly/1e3wjsJ

Jul 16, 2015

RT @elteng12: #Trainwreck isn’t quite reactionary, but it isn’t revolutionary either. But why did we ever expect it to be? @tnr newrepublic.com/article/122319…

Jul 17, 2015

I'm getting really tired of knee-jerk references to positive portrayals of family and monogamy as "old fashioned." newrepublic.com/article/122319…

Jul 17, 2015

As brutal as Amy Schumer’s comedy is toward sexism, its real target is the anodyne feminism of empowerment. bit.ly/1e3wjsJ

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ Wants to Know: Do You Like That, Ladies?

newrepublic.com — "My god is a she," Channing Tatum's stripper-entrepreneur casually asserts midway through Magic Mike XXL, the frenzied sequel to 2012's sharply drawn tale of Florida's finest male dancer. The line gets a chuckle, but it's merely re-stating the obvious: This is a movie devoted to the sacred feminine.
Jul 01, 2015

"Magic Mike XXL" is a mindless fantasia of glistening abdomens and gyrating crotches. It's glorious. bit.ly/1KrjcOF

Jul 01, 2015

Magic Mike XXL is v different from the original says @estherbreger, but that’s OK: newrepublic.com/article/122214…

Jul 01, 2015

I promised myself I wouldn't use "female gaze" in my Magic Mike XXL review, but I succumbed. bit.ly/1KrjcOF pic.twitter.com/VX8FpbJYE5

Jul 01, 2015

The Magic Mike sequel is 100% pandering to women, and we're completely OK with that. A review from @estherbreger: newrepublic.com/article/122214…

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Condemned to Loneliness by the Supreme Court

newrepublic.com — As a supporter of marriage equality and as a single woman, I read the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges this morning induced a mix of emotions: joy, pride, and-unexpectedly-some deep, existential anxiety.
Jun 26, 2015

"It was hard to shake the suspicion that parts of Justice Kennedy’s opinion...were written with...my Jewish mother.” newrepublic.com/article/122184…

Jun 26, 2015

In which I selfishly, myopically, make today’s historic news all about ME bit.ly/1KguNjt

Jun 26, 2015

.@estherbreger throws cold water on the happy SCOTUS news: "We’re all going to die alone, married or not." newrepublic.com/article/122184…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @ChloeSchama: "It was hard to shake the suspicion that parts of Justice Kennedy’s opinion...were written with...my Jewish mother.” newrepublic.com/article/122184…

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Paid Leave This Week: It's Easy to Be a Working Mom, If You're Rich

newrepublic.com — Working mothers can stop feeling guilty. New research from Harvard Business School shows that daughters of working mothers tend to have more successful careers and make more money than those raised by stay-at-home moms. The financial realities of unpaid maternity leave: For the 40 percent of American women who take unpaid leave after giving birth, maternity leave means taking a huge financial hit.
Jun 26, 2015

The @WSJ has discovered the secret to having it all as a working mother! Hint: It's having a lot of money bit.ly/1TRwybw

Jun 26, 2015

RT @estherbreger: The @WSJ has discovered the secret to having it all as a working mother! Hint: It's having a lot of money bit.ly/1TRwybw

Rerunning in Place: How TV Reboots Became Freshest Thing Around

newrepublic.com — Television is a cultural form built on forgetting. In the medium's earliest years, programs were broadcast live, disappearing as soon as they were transmitted over the airwaves. Through the early '70s, the networks regularly taped over their recordings of game shows, soap operas, and late night, freeing up storage space and wiping away the only traces of what had appeared onscreen.
Jun 26, 2015

Television’s ephemeral past is Netflix’s eternal present. My essay from the latest @tnr print mag is now online bit.ly/1TRw05i

Paid Leave This Week: Sheryl Sandberg Gives Fatherhood a Makeover

newrepublic.com — As part of our ongoing coverage of paid leave, we're rounding up the most important news from the week. Here's what you need to know about paid leave, working parents, and child care in the United States and abroad. Getty's "dad" photos move beyond stereotype.

"True Detective" Is No Longer Prestige TV

newrepublic.com — Nic Pizzolatto, the ponderousmind behind HBO's "True Detective," is a very serious man, and judging by the early episodes of the show's second season, he wants to make sure we know it. By dressing up familiar tropes-serial killers, tortured investigators, defiled corpses-in ornate mythmaking, season one became a genuine cultural phenomenon, colonizing message boards and subreddits with esoteric conspiracy theories.
Jun 19, 2015

Nic Pizzolatto is a ~very serious man~ and with mirthless season 2 of True Detective, he makes sure we know it bit.ly/1GwfKQ7

Jun 19, 2015

Fear not! Season 2 of True Detective contains a Strong Female Character™ bit.ly/1GwfKQ7

Jun 19, 2015

We know she is Strong™ b/c she is tough and gritty and wants to have sex without intimacy bit.ly/1GwfKQ7 pic.twitter.com/lVbRmDeJHw

Jun 19, 2015

@EmMeller Totally! Strength & feeling go together, imo. This article puts it well newrepublic.com/article/122076… ("fucks without emotions")

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Jul 30, 2015

"But all agree that they learned valuable lessons from building their tiny homes" bit.ly/1I3ifKy

Jul 29, 2015

@mtredden I'm still processing the fact that the state appointed a lawyer to represent the fetus

Jul 29, 2015

I want a reboot of L.A. Complex but with aspiring Vine stars bit.ly/1D9dArO

Jul 28, 2015

@pilotbacon "sex diet" this would actually be a better name for the show

Jul 28, 2015

"Women are shamed for having desire for anything." Jill Solloway calls for a matriarchal revolution bit.ly/1JPid7a

Jul 28, 2015

RT @irin: This is a pretty persuasive response to that NYRB "rebuttal" by a salon owner nytco.com/rebuttal-to-th…

Jul 28, 2015

If reality TV thrives on characters who lack self-awareness, Caitlyn Jenner is self-aware to a fault. bit.ly/1LOjik6

Jul 28, 2015

RT @SuzyKhimm: "What I’d love..would be a nonprofit journalism outfit which did nothing but re-report any big or interesting scoops" fusion.net/story/173383/s…

Jul 28, 2015

"But you got to do it every day. That's the hard part. But it does get easier." twitter.com/vulture/status…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @JamilSmith: Listen to the first episode of my new podcast, @IntersectionTNR: "Intersectionality, and Queering Marriage." soundcloud.com/intersection-t…

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