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Reading List: 21 Outstanding Stories from Women's Magazines and Websites
Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.
The New Republic asks that question in a new article, and our biggest problem with this debate (and, to be honest, the term “longform journalism”) is that it can often run everything through a male-skewed filter of what counts as “serious journalism.” We’ve seen serious storytelling in both.
The other problem is that we’re still relying on National Magazine Awards and print-only publishers to reflect the zeitgeist. I’ve mentioned that 65% of all #longreads started out in print, but we also should spotlight the work of online publishers who are pursuing in-depth storytelling.
So, here’s a start: 21 stories from women’s magazines and sites that we’ve featured on Longreads. On Twitter, Rebecca Traister is curating some of her favorite serious work. And we’d love for you to add your favorite women’s magazine stories in the comments.
• The F Word, Jennifer Weiner
• The Big Business of Breast Cancer, Lea Goldman
• The Percentages: A Biography of Class, Sady Doyle
O, The Oprah Magazine
• ‘I Will Never Know Why’, Susan Klebold
• ‘We Thought the Sun Would Always Shine on Our Lives’, Paige Williams
• Promises of an Unwed Father, Ta-Nehisi Coates
• Is Ecstasy a Viable Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?, Jessica Winter
• Higher Learning, Staff
• How A Gun-loving West Texas Girl Learned to Fear Assault Weapons, Haley B. Elkins
• It Happened To Me: My Parents Adopted a Murderer, Amity Bitzel
• How I Lost $500,000 for Love, Aryn Kyle
• Notes on a Scandal: Jenny Sanford Vogue Interview, Rebecca Johnson
• Sheryl Sandberg: What She Saw at the Revolution, Kevin Conley
• Susan Rice: She’s Got Game, Jonathan Van Meter
• I’m For Sale, Genevieve Smith
• My Brother, My Mother, and a Call Girl, Mara Cohen Marks
• He’s So Unusual, Jane Marie
• A Goodbye to Ambien in Dubai, Amy Schumer
• The Evolution of Ape-Face Johnson, Carolita Johnson
• What Can a Civilian Possibly Say to a Wounded Soldier?, Chloe Angyal
Share your picks in the comments
“Considering the fact that so many kids could realistically answer “what the fuck is juice,” why don’t we just start banning all drinks that aren’t coffee, tea, and water? Oh wait, we banned bottled water (because you know, poor people can’t like sparkling). Because poor people have always been poor, and have never known otherwise, and they’ve never had nice things, like water that bubbles. And poor people don’t need to exercise choices over what food they eat and what food they prefer because poor people aren’t allowed to have preferences. We aren’t allowed to access nice things.”—
I am quoting a tiny, tiny portion of a piece that says everything I’ve been trying to write about ever since I started this blog: food politics, poverty, how and what people eat (and how we have no business policing it), etc. etc.
Only that, since this is written by Latoya Peterson, it is better articulated than I ever could.