Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Why Women Still Can't Marry All the Single Ladies in Therapy. Or Can They?

Writing for the Los Angeles Review of Books, critic and novelist Pamela Erens looks at the past few years of "frequent, and frequently controversial" Atlantic features about gender issues, and asks, in the spirit of a recent McSweeney's parody, "Is The Atlantic Making Us Stupider?"

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@deepomega Interjection! Interjection! Interjection!

fondue with cheddar

@Emby I don't verb. Interrogatory?

Ham Snadwich

@deepomega - ...by Katie Roiphe


it was fantastic!@v


"Fact A Seems Like It Should Lead to Effect B... Therefore It Must."

YES! This is exactly the criticism I have of any magazine piece on any new trend or study! Erens gets me.


On the one hand, they seem to keep publishing all of these unbelievably stupid and aggravating articles about women, which seem to serve no purpose other than generating page views and making people more angry and anxious.

On the other hand, there's Ta-Nehisi Coates.

(This feels like it comes from a different magazine.)

RK Fire

@TheBourneApproximation: I love his writing so much. My husband is starting to make fun of me for mentioning him so often in conversation.

Lustful Cockmonster

@TheBourneApproximation As usual, don't read the comments on that article. I should just have that permanently printed on my monitor...no comments but the 'Pin. Seriously other websites, get rid of your commenters, they are revolting.


@Lustful Cockmonster Ooof, didn't even see them (read it on my phone this morning). *Cleanses Atlantic comments with the flamethrower from Prometheus.*


@TheBourneApproximation I have such a braincrush on this man. He is so profoundly smart and thoughful.

Lily Rowan

@Lustful Cockmonster You can safely read the comments on Coates's own blog, because he moderates that shit.

Faintly Macabre

@TheBourneApproximation That's exactly how I feel! My sister subscribes and keeps debating dropping her subscription, but he's one of the few writers that keeps her. And he's one of the few who gives The Atlantic any credibility with me anymore. The parts about Shirley Sherrod in that piece were heartbreaking.


This is the greatest: "The list begins with “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” (both actual Atlantic cover lines) and proceeds to “Are Houses Making Us Homeless?” and “Are Paperweights Making Our Papers Fly Away?”

dj pomegranate

I want the next Atlantic cover article written by a women to be about something that is not: babies, women in the workforce, and/or (not) getting married. Maybe like, Pakistan, or extraterrestrial beings, or Michael Chabon's new book or, I don't know, ANYTHING BUT GENDER ISSUES?


@dj pomegranate Personally, I'm very curious about women who are marrying working babies.

Lily Rowan

@dj pomegranate I don't understand how you think a lady could know about those things?


Fun thing I just learned: it is very weird when you see your father's research taken to task in an article you found on one of your favorite websites.


@dianarbol #humbledadbrag


@deepomega Honestly, I tried to post this on twitter, but I couldn't fit that exact hashtag into my commentary so I decided it wasn't worth it.


"Slay those dragons, Caitlin!"


@tales I loved this.

Springtime for Voldemort

I often wonder if The Atlantic actually has people write these really great, nuanced pieces, and then has an editor go back over and muck it up just enough to sell issues/get page views and make people talk about the parts where it rubbed them the wrong way. (I also wonder the exact same thing about Jezebel).

runner in the garden

I used to subscribe, and I admit there's an exciting TED-like rush to the "crazy! bold! new! ideas" attitude of the magazine. But this is a killer analysis. Money quote: "Self-appointed shepherds of that [serious public] discourse have a responsibility to encourage humility and scrupulousness."

Otherwise you're just trolling.

fondue with cheddar

I was actually quite excited about puberty and its various distractions, and not at all sentimental about my cute-kitten posters or other features of my premenstrual existence.

I have to agree with this. If I ever mourned the loss of my little girlhood it wasn't until I was an adult.

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