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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Sep 28, 2019. 10 comments

Who Do You Love

Who Do You Love

The first time I was offered another job while working at Jezebel, I cried. This is not a sympathetic story to tell in public. It was a decent job offer, in an industry where those are thin on the ground. My response—I was aware of this at the time, and I’m aware of it now—should have been either to take the job, or else use it as a bargaining chip for more money. Instead, for whatever...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Sep 07, 2019. 21 comments

Amber Heard's Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Johnny Depp's Defamation Suit, Calling It 'Meritless Bullying'

Amber Heard's Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Johnny Depp's Defamation Suit, Calling It 'Meritless Bullying'

In March, as part of the fallout of one of the more acrimonious divorces in recent memory, Johnny Depp sued ex Amber Heard for defamation to the tune of $50 million , claiming that a recent op-ed she’d written for the Washington Post slandered his spotless good name and caused him to lose roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and other unnamed projects. In new court filings, Heard’s attorneys,...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Sep 06, 2019. 17 comments

The Wing is Publicly Responding to a Racist Incident That Has Black Members Openly Quitting

The Wing is Publicly Responding to a Racist Incident That Has Black Members Openly Quitting

In late May, as almost everyone involved has acknowledged, a racist incident took place at the West Hollywood location of The Wing, a glossy women’s coworking space we keep having to write about. On Thursday, in September—several months after the incident occurred—The Wing founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan sent out an email to members apologizing for it. The email described an ongoing...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Sep 04, 2019. 20 comments

Marianne Williamson Tweets and Deletes a Message Encouraging 'Prayer, Meditation, Visualization' to 'Turn Away' Hurricane Dorian

Marianne Williamson Tweets and Deletes a Message Encouraging 'Prayer, Meditation, Visualization' to 'Turn Away' Hurricane Dorian

In case you forgot, Marianne Williamson is a New Age self-help author, and like most New Age self-help authors, she puts a tremendous amount of stock in the power of one’s mind to control their outer circumstances and even influence world events. This can be tremendously empowering for some people; it also has some pretty sharp limits. In a neat illustration of where the line is, Williamson...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 30, 2019. 21 comments

Emily Yoffe Back on Her Bullshit—Here's What an Alleged Victim Says She Left Out in Her Latest Contested MeToo Story

Emily Yoffe Back on Her Bullshit—Here's What an Alleged Victim Says She Left Out in Her Latest Contested MeToo Story

Emily Yoffe, a current contributing editor at the Atlantic and Slate’s former advice columnist, has a specialty, of sorts: as I wrote in the prehistoric days of 2015, she has a tendency to write pieces about sexual assault that “tend to conclude that the accuser was wrong, lying, or drunk.” But she’s updated the formula somewhat: in a recent piece for Reason, Yoffe instead concludes that two...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 27, 2019. 17 comments

Bret Stephens Boldly Went on Television to Defend His Freakout Over a Man Who Likened Him to a Bed Bug

Bret Stephens Boldly Went on Television to Defend His Freakout Over a Man Who Likened Him to a Bed Bug

As luck would have it, New York Times columnist and man who has recently beclowned himself Bret Stephens was slated to be on MSNBC on Tuesday morning, a day or so after he had an utter meltdown because a college professor named David Karpf made a mild and little-seen joke on Twitter calling him a “bed bug.” After the professor’s follow-up tweets went viral, Stephens—on national television, in...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 23, 2019. 13 comments

California State Senator and Sponsor of Pro-Vaccine Bills Was Assaulted by a Man Who Said He Should Be 'Hung for Treason'

California State Senator and Sponsor of Pro-Vaccine Bills Was Assaulted by a Man Who Said He Should Be 'Hung for Treason'

California State Senator Richard Pan, a physician and sponsor of several pro-vaccine bills, was assaulted Wednesday by an anti-vaccine activist. Kenneth Austin Bennett, who previously attempted to run against Pan as a write-in candidate, livestreamed himself shoving the senator. Pan has been the focus of increasingly heated rhetoric from anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists, some...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 23, 2019. 5 comments

Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Promised A Victim's Family That He'd Help Her Receive Treatment For An Eating Disorder

Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Promised A Victim's Family That He'd Help Her Receive Treatment For An Eating Disorder

Three lawsuits filed in New York on Tuesday against the estate of dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein made a series of explosive new allegations against him, shedding light on the ways he pulled new victims into his orbit and the depraved depths of his abuse. One of the suits, filed by a woman referred to in court documents as “Katlyn Doe,” alleges that Epstein forced Doe to marry one of his...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 17, 2019. 14 comments

Medical Examiner Quoted in Washington Post Story Suggesting Epstein Could Have Been Strangled Has Some Fairly Urgent Clarifications

Medical Examiner Quoted in Washington Post Story Suggesting Epstein Could Have Been Strangled Has Some Fairly Urgent Clarifications

This story contains graphic descriptions concerning a method of suicide.

On Thursday, the Washington Post published an immediately viral report, in which two sources said the autopsy of dead pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein showed he had sustained a broken hyoid bone in his neck when he died. A broken hyoid, the Post reported, is “more common in victims of homicide by...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 13, 2019. 15 comments

The Real Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Has Unfolded In Front of an Indifferent Public For Decades

The Real Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Has Unfolded In Front of an Indifferent Public For Decades

In 2016, before Jeffrey Epstein was simply another dead pedophile, he was free and alive, and a small group of men were trying to peddle an Epstein-related hoax that should never have been possible to perpetrate. Those men were shopping a wild story around to various media outlets, including this one, claiming that Donald Trump had raped a 13-year-old girl at an Epstein-hosted orgy. The men...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 07, 2019. 5 comments

I'm Reluctantly Inspired By This Hellacious, Truly Petty Pink Emoji Revenge House

I'm Reluctantly Inspired By This Hellacious, Truly Petty Pink Emoji Revenge House

A dispute over a homeowner using her second property as an Airbnb in the tony oceanside enclave of Manhattan Beach, California has escalated into a breathtakingly petty war, carried out with shocking pink paint and gigantic emojis. When Kathryn Kidd’s neighbors reported to the city that she was renting a two-level duplex as an Airbnb, she was fined $4,000. Then — in an action she claims was...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 06, 2019. 8 comments

Vanlife Can Be Cheaper, Weirder, And More Accessible Than Instagram Would Have You Believe

Vanlife Can Be Cheaper, Weirder, And More Accessible Than Instagram Would Have You Believe

I woke up in a van in a Walmart parking lot in Phoenix, certain that I was choking.

It was mid-July, during a brutal, nationwide heat wave, and it was roughly 100 degrees in the van, possibly more. Though we’d done our best to prepare for it — set up a fan balancing on the armrests between the front seats, positioned our heads towards it, draped cold washcloths on our bodies, doused in melted...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 01, 2019. 6 comments

If I Wanted To Watch Fundamentally Unlikable Men Fight

If I Wanted To Watch Fundamentally Unlikable Men Fight

I guess I’d do this actually. I’d still be watching this.

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 26, 2019. 22 comments

The New Yorker Seriously Mischaracterized the Story of One of Al Franken's Accusers

The New Yorker Seriously Mischaracterized the Story of One of Al Franken's Accusers

This week, the New Yorker ran a long piece by Jane Mayer re-examining the sexual harassment allegations against Al Franken, a piece which minimized the accusations themselves while giving Franken ample space to defend himself . While the piece contained some unflattering new revelations about Leeann Tweeden’s story, the conservative radio host who made the first public accusation, it was...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 19, 2019. 19 comments

Jesse Watters Really Went With a Wife Metaphor To Talk About America, Huh?

Jesse Watters Really Went With a Wife Metaphor To Talk About America, Huh?

Jesse Watters? Jesse Watters of Fox News? Why, I haven’t heard that name in years. Something about an Ivanka Trump blow job joke? I’ve stuffed that one entirely down my memory hole.

Anyway, here’s confusingly bravado-filled Fox marionette Jesse Watters again, choosing a radically stupid wife metaphor to talk about his love for America. Adding to the baseline idiocy already at work here:...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 16, 2019. 16 comments

A Publisher Apologized For Running a Sandy Hook Hoax Book, Then Auctioned Off the Last Copies

A Publisher Apologized For Running a Sandy Hook Hoax Book, Then Auctioned Off the Last Copies

The publisher of a book claiming the Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax apologized to Lenny Pozner, the father of one of the victims, several weeks ago, agreed to stop selling the book, and issued a statement saying he believes Pozner’s son Noah did really die in the attack. Shortly after, though, the publisher, Dave Gahary, auctioned off some of the last copies of the book with starting bids...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 13, 2019. 17 comments

Peddlers of Medical Misinformation Are Using Social Media 'Censorship' as a Selling Point

Peddlers of Medical Misinformation Are Using Social Media 'Censorship' as a Selling Point
Speech OnlineThis week, we’re looking at the state of free speech on the internet, how we got here, and where we’re going.  

No one has ever accused Mike Adams, the self-proclaimed Health Ranger , of being an understated guy, but recent events have taken him to new, shouty heights. After Adams’ website, Natural News, had its page suspended by Facebook in June for violating the company’s spam...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 13, 2019. 21 comments

Of Course Harvey Weinstein's New Lawyer Is a Woman Who Criticizes MeToo

Of Course Harvey Weinstein's New Lawyer Is a Woman Who Criticizes MeToo

Harvey Weinstein’s much-delayed sexual assault trial is expected to begin jury selection in September, and in anticipation, he’s rearranged his legal team for the third time.  Perhaps inevitably, his lawyers now include defense attorney Donna Rotunno, who’s best known for representing men accused of sexual assault, questions the MeToo movement as a whole, and has said in previous interviews...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 11, 2019. 23 comments

What is Red Scare and Am I Exempt From Caring About It? A Brief Guide to the Podcast World’s Laziest Provocateurs

What is Red Scare and Am I Exempt From Caring About It? A Brief Guide to the Podcast World’s Laziest Provocateurs

It’s a truism at this point that each day brings some fresh outrage, ranging from the miserably depressing to the powerfully stupid. We ping-pong from children in disease-ridden concentration camps run by the American government to the president’s baffling Fourth of July Big Boy Tank Parade . We barely emerge from one dumb-ass wave before the next one drenches us all.

What I’m saying is,...

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