“Usually, an enforced culture of silence shrouds abuse and coercion. Yet somehow we’ve been given to believe—by Mam, Kristof and hand-selected victims who sometimes turn out, later, to have been fed scripted hard-luck tales—that here, silence is nothing but healing.”—When a human rights crusader builds her advocacy on lies (May 2014. This essay received some kind recognition, […]

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“IP laws sit at the crux of several debates raging right now: concerns regarding women in the literary arts, for example, and the wage gap. The paucity of strong female roles in TV and film. Gender bias in post-recession job hiring. The skimpy costumes of female characters in comic books. The global economic condition of […]

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Sentimental (2014)

165 years after the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions—a document written in 1848 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Mary Ann McClintock, Elizabeth W. McClintock, and Jane Hunt and adopted by a committee of slightly over 100 men and women at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY—hundreds of […]

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The New Inquiry

“The accepted truth about flunitrazepam is that its primary Stateside use is as a rape facilitator. … But the myth of the date-rape drug [obscures] an even more potentially damaging fact: That we don’t actually know what effects the drug can have on users.” —Knocked Out Loaded (March 2013)  “Production becomes mystery becomes proof of the […]

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Best Book of 2007, Mother Jones

“Distinctly more radical than merely protesting against consumerism: a total rejection of the competitive ethos that drives capitalist culture.” —LA Times

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Feint (2012)

Over the course of two days in April 2011, 800 women laborers at two apparel factories in Cambodia lost consciousness. Over the next year, around 2200 more, in large groups, at different factories all around the country, followed. Government, reporters—even the big-name brands that buy the clothes, particularly H&M, the world’s second largest clothing manufacturer—investigated. […]

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The Rumpus

“There is a quality that certain historic figures are said to share, a nearly indescribable feeling—not that these figures embody, but that they bring out in whoever they meet. The quality has been called intense charm, and magnetism, but these are both insufficient. Former president Bill Clinton is said to possess it. Mu Sochua, the […]

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“It is significant when more stories are told in a country that are based on truth than there are true stories told, each worse than any fiction you have ever imagined.” —Our Pol Pot (a review of Enemies of the People) (March, 2012)  

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