This Week in Essays


For the New York Times, Lindy West brings wisdom to the conversation on consent, a conversation that has been taking place for a very long time.

In 2016, South Koreans took to the streets to out their corrupt president. Jennifer Lee paints a picture of what democracy looks like over at Entropy.

“Who wants to donate her body to be treated as the site of a crime?” Here at The Rumpus, Marissa Korbel discusses the high costs and poor outcomes of judicial justice for sexual assault victims.

For Lit Hub, Lincoln Michel lands firmly pro-literary remixing as he considers how building off widely known works can open the doors for greater creativity.

At JSTOR Daily, Amy Shearn reflects on the frustrations left in the wake of second-wave feminism in the 1970s.

Back at The Rumpus, Cindy House braces herself to share the truth of her past struggles with addiction with her son.

Dara Lurie shares how her time living at a state-run home brought her preconceptions of race and class to light to for Longreads.


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