This Week in Essays


Lindy West writes on Roseanne Barr and censorship for the New York Times.

Here at The Rumpus, Lisa Lee Herrick shares an intense essay on love, hidden truths, and violence.

“My body and gender are continuous. It was neither created nor ended by surgery, but reimagined. I am a living woman and this story is a record of my living.” In a stunning essay for Hazlitt, Gwen Benaway writes powerfully on finding a home in her body.

At Granta, Snigdha Poonam shows the terrifying way misinformation can be weaponized, as evidenced by incidents that have occurred with WhatsApp in India.

Sasha Geffen writes a seering homage to Hole’s classic 1994 album, Live Through This, for Pitchfork.

“For all its advancements, the question that science still couldn’t answer was, ‘Can I get pregnant?’” Serena W. Lin writes about wanting children and defying the odds back at The Rumpus.

At Highline, Julia Ioffe reviews the nasty twists and turns around an effort to remove the judge who sentenced Brock Turner.


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