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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 18, 2019 at 23:30.

Summer Reading Diary: My Endless Bummer

Summer Reading Diary: My Endless Bummer
What I Read on My Summer VacationOnce a week, like the diligent middle schoolers we remain at heart, Jezebel staff will report on their summer reading—high, low, and everything in between.  

My summer reading list is usually kind of a bummer; during the warmer months I naturally gravitate towards stories of disease and disaster and suffering.

Perhaps it’s because I was raised in a Puritanical...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 18:49.

GOP Governor Pete Ricketts Allegedly Had White Nationalist on Payroll

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On Sunday, the website Anti-Fascist Nebraska published evidence that Bennett Bressman, 22, a former statewide field director for Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, has been particularly active in white nationalist chat rooms, musing about the ease of entry into the GOP and encouraging other members to “take this whole apparatus over.”

In some of the thousands of messages posted to two chat servers...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 18:01.

The Familiar Tragedy of Layleen Polanco's Death

The Familiar Tragedy of Layleen Polanco's Death

In New York State this week, lawmakers introduced a sweeping and unprecedented proposal to decriminalize sex work by amending a web of policies that target people in the sex trades. But as the bill was being announced on Monday, a parallel story was playing out that only underscored its urgency: just days before, a 27-year-old transgender woman named Layleen Polanco had been found dead in a...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 17:25.

This Veteran's Day parade was the least partisan place in America this week

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It’s an odd time for displays of unified patriotism, but Friday was Veteran’s Day, so New York’s Fifth Avenue—where anti-Trump marches have been roiling all week—was officially closed down. For a mile troops marched in full uniform, shouting military songs in unison, or simply the letters U-S-A. Spectators wore red-white-and-blue T-shirts and star-spangled hats; they waved flags and clapped...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 11:15.

Tia, the Boutique Gyno, Wants a Whole Lot of Data About You and Your Vag

Tia, the Boutique Gyno, Wants a Whole Lot of Data About You and Your Vag

The Tia Clinic, a members-only doctor’s office that recently opened its first location in New York City, describes itself on Instagram as “part gyno’s office,” “part wellness center,” and “part lady fort.” Its office, near Madison Square Park, is rosy and speckled. Books by Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Didion are available in the waiting room, in case anyone had doubts about its taste.

The...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 02:05.

The Wellness Creep

The Wellness Creep

Yesterday, New York Magazine’s The Cut published a story about hormonal birth control. Like other pieces in the expanding universe of pseudo-confessional health reporting, it’s a story about a woman who also happens to be a writer having doubts about what the medical establishment has told her. She begins by questioning what The Pill is doing to her body, a concern that is shared, she writes,...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 01:12.

Forgive Me if I Don't Trust The Woman Prosecutor Interviewing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford 

Forgive Me if I Don't Trust The Woman Prosecutor Interviewing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford 

Today Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor who has worked in Maricopa County, Arizona, since 1993, is interviewing Christine Blasey Ford on behalf of the Republican Party. Since her role was first announced, Mitchell has been the subject of intense national scrutiny, though she has declined to speak publicly about her role in today’s interview. Mitchell, a Republican, has called investigating...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 15, 2019 at 00:53.

What military women really think about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

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Members of the U.S. military swear an oath to defend the Constitution rather than an individual leader. But this supposed political neutrality does little to deter politicians from claiming the troops as their own, or from using the veteran vote as a fulcrum. Since the Khans, a Muslim couple whose son lost his life in Iraq, appeared this summer at the Democratic National Convention to...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 14, 2019 at 16:35.

The Koch Brothers Are Hoping You Find This Pork Chop Recipe Politically Persuasive 

The Koch Brothers Are Hoping You Find This Pork Chop Recipe Politically Persuasive 

On Tuesday, the people of the Des Moines, Iowa metro area are headed to the polls to vote on whether to raise the sales tax in their neighborhoods by a penny. The vote, if approved in the six individual neighborhoods voting, would help offset property taxes and fund various quality-of-life initiatives. Supporters of the tax say their city councils need more money, and that property taxes are...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 14, 2019 at 11:02.

'Every Pregnancy Is a Risk of Harm': How Criminalizing Miscarriage Could Play Out

'Every Pregnancy Is a Risk of Harm': How Criminalizing Miscarriage Could Play Out

In the early ’90s, Dara Michelle Luster, a 28-year-old mother of three, was struggling with a cocaine addiction, and state prosecutors decided to make an example out of her. This was 1991 when the “crack baby” panic, based on a handful of flawed studies, had become the central vehicle for many Americans’ racial paranoia. Experts spoke to the New York Times about drug-addled children who...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 14, 2019 at 10:40.

What the Hell is Going on With the Tia Clinic?

What the Hell is Going on With the Tia Clinic?

A few weeks ago, Jezebel published a story about Tia , a boutique members-only gynecology and wellness practice that recently opened in New York. The company, which is expanding from its origins as a cycle-tracking app to open a network of doctor’s office, offered same-day appointments and personalized follow-ups for members willing to spend $150 a year, along with other perks.

Founded by...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 14, 2019 at 04:28.

Not just Nazis: Alt-genres have always been ‘safe spaces’ for white people

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This week, Richard Spencer, a white nationalist with a Macklemore haircut, spoke at Texas A&M against the wishes of nearly everyone of consequence at the university. The event did not go as the self-proclaimed founder of the “alt-right” had planned: Rather than bludgeoning the pliable minds of the nation’s youth into joining his army of “professional racists in khakis,” Spencer found himself...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 14, 2019 at 00:11.

On Orlando, Omar Mateen, and the smokescreen of gay self-hatred

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Yesterday, Elliot Morales, a 36-year-old New Yorker with a history of violent assault, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of a gay black man in Greenwich Village three years ago. The defendant, who self-identified as bisexual and referred to himself as “part of the LGBT community,” had cornered the victim and a friend and, according to several witnesses, shouted anti-gay slurs...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 13, 2019 at 16:21.

'I’m So Tired of Asking for Help': Letters From Puerto Rico

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This week the Puerto Rican government raised Hurricane Maria’s official death toll from 64 to 2,975. In response to questions about the new, vastly increased estimate, President Trump said Wednesday he believed the response effort on the island had been “fantastic.”

“We’ve put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto Rico,” he said. “And I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 13, 2019 at 06:55.

It's Insurance Scam Season, Now and Forever 

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To a lot of people, and a number of its own employees, Simple Health looked like your average insurance purveyor, albeit one that was doing particularly well for itself. There were yearly company-wide barbecues and team-building exercises in its corporate office. The firm’s CEO, Steve Dorfman, a 2015 South Florida Business Journal “40 under 40" honoree, blogged on Medium about being an “ally...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 13, 2019 at 04:03.

The massive worker wage gap fueling America’s most decadent vacation spot

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SAG HARBOR, New York—There’s something of a consensus in the Hamptons, one of America’s most gratuitously expensive places to summer, that it’s all about who you know. I hear this from the e-commerce-trader-turned-realtor in the powder blue suit jacket who passes estates from the hands of one billionaire to the other as a “hobby, really,” and I hear it from Raphael the Caribbean sign...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 13, 2019. 11 comments

First Woman to Lead Border Patrol Was a Member of Agents' Deeply Misogynistic and Racist Secret Facebook Group

First Woman to Lead Border Patrol Was a Member of Agents' Deeply Misogynistic and Racist Secret Facebook Group

Carla Provost, current chief of the Border Patrol and the first woman to hold the position, was reportedly once a member of “I’m 10-15,” the recently shuttered members-only Facebook group in which agents shared racist and sexist memes, including at least two doctored images of Representative Ocasio-Cortez engaging in oral sex. As The Intercept noted when it first reported Provost’s...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 12, 2019.

Massachusetts Voters Reject Anti-Trans Ballot Measure, Thank Fucking God 

Massachusetts Voters Reject Anti-Trans Ballot Measure, Thank Fucking God 

Today, the voters of Massachusetts opted to retain a 2016 law protecting people from discrimination in public places, regardless of their gender. The vote represents a disaster for a coalition of Christian conservative activists that had hoped to make liberal-leaning Massachusetts the first state to repeal a law extending civil rights provisions to trans and non-binary people.

In 2016,...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 12, 2019.

Cubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor 

Cubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor 

In the nine years since Monopoly-man-come-to-life Joe Ricketts and his cartoonishly wealthy progeny purchased the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Company, the Ricketts dynasty—publicly represented by 55-year-old investment banker andpublic transit enthusiast Tom —have found themselves in repeated disagreement with the Chicago political establishment.

Though Tom Ricketts tends to (wisely) keep...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 12, 2019.

The Media Tried To Game The Machines and You'll Never Guess What Happened Next (Facebook Won)

The Media Tried To Game The Machines and You'll Never Guess What Happened Next (Facebook Won)

Just five years ago, not only was it possible for a reputable outlet to flatly characterize Upworthy—a website that didn’t make much but a system for testing what drew clicks on Facebook—as the “fastest-growing media company of all time,” but it happened more than once. By 2013, a year after its founding, Upworthy had favorable print profiles and $12 million in funding from people like...

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