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Posts Tagged ‘Katha Pollitt’

The Nation Makes Editorial Changes

The Nation has made some changes/additions to its online and print editorial teams. The breakdown:

  • Jessica Valenti has been contributing to The Nation since 2008, but she is now taking over the “Body Politic” column while Katha Pollitt is on book leave.
  • Michael Sorkin is joining as an architecture columnist.
  • Joshua Clover has been named the magazine’s new pop culture critic.
  • Mychal Denzel Smith has been contributing since last year, but now comes aboard full-time. He will focus on focus on “racial and criminal justice, and the politics of respectability.”
  •  Erika Eichelberger joins as a reporter/researcher for The Nation’s DC bureau.
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Katha Pollitt on Britney Spears, Paris Hilton: They Can Take Care of Themselves

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And just in time for Salon’s Rebecca Traister’s sad little defense of Katha Pollitt, we find Pollitt writing about those oft-maligned young women, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Is she sympathetic? HA!

From: Katha Pollitt
Subject: Re: the Pink video

I think it’s okay to ridicule women who play into men’s demands if they are as successful at it as Britney spears and Paris Hilton! They can take care of themselves. They have plenty of agency, and they use it for bad things. Mary Wollstonecraft mocked the idle fashion plates of her day and was very tough on women who played dumb and manipulated men, even as she explained that these women were using the tools ready to hand.

Got that? Manipulating men = bad. Webstalking the ex = statement of feminist protest in the face of an unfeeling patriarchy.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Media Matters

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Tim Rutten is at the peak of his form today, castigating Dan Rather for being a buck passing whiner. Okay, Rutten put it more eloquently, but that’s the gist. LAT.

Mary McNamara critiques Rather’s performance on Larry King. It’s sad when King is the coherent one, isn’t it? McNamara has really hit her stride as a TV critic–maybe she had to let it out after years of writing suck-up celebrity interviews. LAT.

AFTRA is going after TMZ TV. Seems the tabloidy show didn’t want to pay union money, which explains the utter nobodies hired to host. TabloidBaby.

James Woods says Nicole Brown Simpson wanted to get cozy with him. Even if this is true, shut up! Do her kids need to know this? Page Six.

Katha Pollitt and Deborah Solomon have a hen-fest, during which Pollitt displays her ignorance about the rise of neighborhood nail salons. Don’t forget–when learning to drive, she admitted to not knowing anyone Asian. NYT.