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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Oct 01, 2019. 23 comments

The Anti-Abortion Doctor Who Believes Ectopic Pregnancies Can Be 'Reimplanted'

The Anti-Abortion Doctor Who Believes Ectopic Pregnancies Can Be 'Reimplanted'

There is a story that Dr. James Patrick Johnston, a family physician, likes to tell about a patient he saw a few years ago: a woman who discovered her pregnancy had gone ectopic, the embryo implanted in her fallopian tube.

Ectopic pregnancies occur in about two percent of pregnancies, and they are the leading cause of maternal mortality during the first trimester. Left untreated, they will tear...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Sep 17, 2019. 17 comments

Contemplating President Warren With 20,000 Other People in New York City

Contemplating President Warren With 20,000 Other People in New York City

NEW YORK—On Monday evening, Elizabeth Warren stood in front of Washington Square Park’s floodlit arches for what was certainly her largest campaign rally to date: the campaign put the crowd at 20,000, though of course, campaigns tend to inflate. “We’re not here today because of famous arches or famous men,” the Massachusetts Senator said. “In fact, we’re not here because of men at all—we’re...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Sep 13, 2019. 5 comments

Florida Man Tells a Whopper

Florida Man Tells a Whopper

It appears that Rush Limbaugh, prehistoric radio personality and the apogee of all Florida men, has been thrust back into our collective consciousness: On Thursday, Democratic Congressional nominee-turned-talking head Krystal Ball responded to some truly bizarre allegations Limbaugh made about her on his show, allegations that surely would have remained buried solely in the paranoid ooze...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Sep 12, 2019. 13 comments

Nail Salon Workers Are Still Fighting the Same Toxic Conditions

Nail Salon Workers Are Still Fighting the Same Toxic Conditions

On Tuesday morning, Yanelia Raminerz, a manicurist who has worked for Envy Nails for the last eight years, stood outside one of the New York chain’s Bronx locations. The shop’s sign, rendered in a delicate curlicued script, rose behind her. “If I am afraid, and I don’t speak out,” she said in Spanish translated by an interpreter, “no one will.”

Whether or not you’ve been to Envy, perhaps...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Aug 30, 2019. 8 comments

John Travolta is The Father of a Girl

John Travolta is The Father of a Girl

John Travolta, a man I best remember as the guy who developed psychic powers after getting a “backwards brain tumor,” is now bald, coming out with a new movie, and has created some children, one of which he is very fond of: In an interview, the actor lavished praise on his daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, now 19 and coincidentally embarking on her own film career. She recently appeared in The...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Aug 29, 2019. 8 comments

Kissing Ass At Miki Agrawal's Butt-Con

Kissing Ass At Miki Agrawal's Butt-Con

The first time I visit the “ass-kissing booth” at Butt-Con, the bizarre marketing party for entrepreneur Miki Agrawal’s latest venture, the ass asks me to kiss it. The booth is pinstriped and flimsy, a gag on the more chaste version you’d find at a country fair: A self-described “friend of Miki’s” is on her knees with a plush butt framing her face, holding the floppy appendage up to me. “Just...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Aug 09, 2019. 17 comments

You Only Need One Outfit

You Only Need One Outfit

There’s a lot about my early twenties I’m glad I left behind, but the one outfit I wore for about a year and a half is not among them: At the time, naively, I believed I had reached my final form, not realizing that the ideal clothing combination I had discovered would eventually become so ratty even I couldn’t justify wearing it, and that while I was generally very hot and cool in those days...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Aug 09, 2019.

The Impossible Task of Predicting a Shooting

The Impossible Task of Predicting a Shooting

By now, mass shooters have a distinct profile in the collective imagination and the eyes of the state: They are usually men, they are often white, nearly half are suicidal. An inordinate number have been the perpetrators of domestic abuse . Many purchase at least one weapon to carry out their plan. They leave behind horrific afterimages: Manifestos on 4chan and Tumblr, direct-message evidence...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jul 18, 2019. 14 comments

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...

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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 Jun 19, 2019. 22 comments

The Trump Administration's Boundless Sympathies for Violent Men

The Trump Administration's Boundless Sympathies for Violent Men

On Tuesday, President Trump announced that Patrick Shanahan, a retired Boeing executive and the current acting secretary of defense, was withdrawing his nomination to take on the role in an official capacity. As the president told reporters, Shanahan was withdrawing in order to “take some time off for family matters.” This was something of a euphemism, and a familiar one. As a Washington Post...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 19, 2019. 24 comments

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,...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 18, 2019.

I spent Election Night with the regular-ass suburban white people who elected Trump

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It was about 2 AM when the bartender at a Staten Island dive turned up the volume on Fox to hear the astonished newscasters name-drop the deplorables, and then the Brexit. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” the anchors informed us. “It’s a whole country just going, ‘We’ve had it with y’all.’”

I had just been arguing with Jimmy, a 24-year-old with a helmet of slicked-back blonde hair and a...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 18, 2019. 11 comments

Obria Knows It's Winning the Abortion Wars

Obria Knows It's Winning the Abortion Wars

On Friday, the Obria Group, a network of anti-abortion clinics , quietly dropped a lawsuit it had filed against the Department of Health and Human Services. In the now-abandoned suit, Obria argued that forcing Title X grantees—of which it is now one —to provide information about or referrals for abortion violated federal religious discrimination laws. But seeing as the federal government...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 13, 2019. 7 comments

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...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 08, 2019.

How Sex Became Unsafe Again

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It always struck me as a little off that Harmony Korine’s 1995 shrine to teenaged depravity, Kids, is remembered for being stylish and super-cool. Aside from its teen characters’ commitment to their own outsized swagger, it has the same alarming afterglow of a DARE ad. Watching it for the first time in a church basement, of all places, in the early 2000s, it felt less like a hip and gritty...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 05, 2019. 14 comments

The Republican Answer to EMILY's List Is Looking for a Few Good Women—Who Hate Taxes and Love Endless War

The Republican Answer to EMILY's List Is Looking for a Few Good Women—Who Hate Taxes and Love Endless War

Winning for Women wants women to run for office, but not because they’re women. The nonprofit and political PAC was formed in 2017 by prominent Republican donors to help elect women on the “center-right and the right” who are fatigued by identity politics but still feel they aren’t “necessarily represented” in politics, according to the organization. This puts Winning for Women in the...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg May 30, 2019. 23 comments

Here's a Good Story About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Telling Off Her Sexist Boss in Her Restaurant Days

Here's a Good Story About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Telling Off Her Sexist Boss in Her Restaurant Days

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bartending career has been widely discussed by people who believe there is something inherently undignified about working in the service industry, a sector in which some 102 million Americans collect paychecks. That many of the indignities women face while serving come from predatory management and overzealous customers has remained somewhat less...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg May 17, 2019. 22 comments

'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...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg May 15, 2019. 20 comments

Obria's Abortion Fake-Out Is Working

Obria's Abortion Fake-Out Is Working

Obria, if you’ll recall, is the network of Christian anti-abortion clinics that is currently trying to position itself as a “holistic” alternative to Planned Parenthood while publicly glossing over the fact that it does not offer abortion or contraception services. The nonprofit, after expanding some of its medical services and undergoing a slick rebrand that largely buries its anti-abortion...

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